Background music

Sitting in my conservatory, overlooking a garden so overgrown it has almost encroached on the house, I am listening to John Barry's 'The Beyondness of Things.' This made me wonder what sort of theme tune the Pitkirtly mystery novels should have. And I decided that instead of having one general theme music, each character should …

next steps

So far the characters in my quirky mystery novels have attempted several different kinds of crafts, although only in one case has this been very relevant to the plot. In 'Crime in the Community' I introduce Maisie Sue McPherson, an American quilter who pops up occasionally in the other novels in the series. In the second, …

timelines

I'm not sure how much time the average quirky mystery covers. Is the action typically all over within a few days or is it drawn out over weeks or even months? My instinct is to rush through all the action as quickly as possible before I forget where I'm going with it. Sometimes this is …

Auspicious day

Today, Monday 24th January, isn't really a very special day in most ways, but for me it's when I draw a line under 'Reunited in Death' (yes, that's the final title - until I change my mind again) for the moment and move on to start editing 'A Reformed Character'. As I am not very …