preview

Because I am preparing to publish the latest in the Pitkirtly mystery series, here's a quick preview of A Reformed Character (from somewhere in the middle of the novel). Jock McLean liked to take his wheelie-bin out last thing at night, so that nobody could see him doing it. He believed firmly in the ill-will …

the age of steam

I visited Culross again at the weekend - you would almost think there was something drawing me back there - and I noticed the car park was very busy and there were lots of people on the path that runs beside the railway line towards Longannet power station. Something quirky was about to happen - …

charting the reformation

I am pleased to say I've almost finished editing 'A Reformed Character', the third instalment in the Pitkirtly series of quirky mystery novels. It will probably give a flavour of the storyline if I mention that there are now only three questions left to answer: (a) does Amaryllis really know a secret way across the …

filling out the plot

Now that I've finished with my Camp NaNoWriMo novel, the next task is to carry on with my edit of 'A Reformed Character', the next in the Pitkirtly series. This is a story which revolves around the theme of whether people can really change. The main plot starts with a murder, said to have been …

enhancing the setting

We walked over to Cramond Island last weekend, and once we got there I realised again what a good addition it would make to the setting for a novel - especially a thriller or murder mystery. It is only accessible at low tide via a causeway, and because it was used in the Second World War …

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 …