Category Archives: Fiction

Feb 28

Dear Brain

Whilst I agree  being awake at 2am has its benefits; especially as I’ve worked out I need to change the location of murder two and lengthen the time  frame of the whole book. Can I please go back to sleep?

Burning question

Six people give an account of a dinner party. One member of the party doesn’t mention one of the guests at all during his account. Why not?

Jul 25

Emily: A Metamorphosis

I have been having a look at this blog in the last few days, making a few changes here – tweaking there; preparing for the summmer when I can blog and post to my heart’s content. Doing so, I came across an old post – It’s all in the clothes. This post contained my initial […]

Dec 31

A Dilemma

First let me explain, I have not been posting because I have been writing. I have in the last week written 10,500 words explaining what has happened to Lucy since the end of book two. And some of those words seem to be making sense. But this new spurt of activity has caused a problem. […]

Apr 12

It’s all in the Clothes

OH and I have been thinking a lot about Emily and her relationship with Symington. She’s an East End girl of genteel stock; he was part of the late King Edward’s crowd. . He has been asked to look after her, she has contacts in the East End that are vital to a criminologist; but […]

Oct 20

Phyllis Pearsall: Plot saver…

As an historian, I usually don’t have a lot of time for geography. It’s professional pride. We’re at opposite ends of the humanities – and like daleks and cybermen, historians and geographers are fundamentally different. One is a noble exponent of detection, the other a mere scientist. but for Phyllis Pearsall, I am prepared to […]

Sep 03

The 6 Rules of Time Travel

Originally posted on The Secret of Aldwych Strand:
Google’s a wonderful thing. It is, honest. Like last week, when my mind was full of Avunculars, this week it was really helpful  when I’m planning the conversation between Walter Nicolai, Valentin and Mengele ( eeuk). The focus of my study? Are any rules that people living…

Jun 30

The 1949 Affair… The story So far

Originally posted on The Secret of Aldwych Strand:
  Sometimes it’s really tough to catch up with a story that is more than a few chapters old. So I thought: why not make it easier with a quick summary post? So here goes… Lucy and Mark find they are in Blackpool, not Southend;  and the…

Jun 06

Cruikshank to my Dickens – the Pantser’s Solution.

I’d like to state, right from the start that the only two things I have in common with Charles Dickens is that we both publish instalments and we both have a stalwart sidekick on whom we can rely. He had Cruikshank; I have OH. If I need to visit a location; he’ll come with me. […]

editing help needed

So, I’m sitting here facing 40.000 words. It’s taken four months to reach this milestone. I’ve gone through the mass of emotions – as stated earlier this week,  And now – if I’m honest – I’m stuck. This weekend will be the first time I will read Mark and Lucy’s adventures in one hit.  But […]