It’s been a busy April, and I’m excited to share with you what I’ve been doing – as well as writing, of course! I hope you’ve all been enjoying Geraldine’s latest investigation in Class Murder, and would love to hear your thoughts on the case. Please let me know via TwitterFacebook or my website, and if you enjoyed the book it would be wonderful if you could post a brief review online, if you have a moment.

The London launch party for Class Murder was great fun, and I was amazed at how many friends and fans joined us, in addition to fellow authors and other industry professionals. Thank you to everyone who came along and helped to make the evening such a success.

The team from No Exit Press did a fantastic job in creating a real party atmosphere with the ethos of a school reunion, complete with packed lunches – although I don’t remember being given quite so many glasses of Prosecco at school…

And we were all thrilled that Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson were able to join us.

They even managed to arrest a ‘cereal killer’!

I can’t believe that Geraldine Steel has had ten investigations published. The time has flown by since she first appeared in Cut Short in 2009.

In other exciting news, in March I signed a contract with No Exit Press for another four Geraldine Steel books, which will take us up to sixteen investigations. My goal of writing twenty in the series is edging closer.

In April I was excited to join John Connolly and Stuart Turton on the panel of First Monday Crime in London, chaired by Barry Forshaw. It was a really enjoyable evening, sparking quite a lot of lively debate.

The Crime Writers Association Conference took place in Shrewsbury. Here I am with Priscilla Masters, Jackie Malton, and Jackie’s sister Sue..

In addition to several excursions, we heard from a psychiatrist, a psychological profiler, a senior scene of crime officer, and the retired detective, Jackie Malton, who inspired the iconic Jane Tennison, played on television by Helen Mirren. At the gala dinner we were entertained by anecdotes from Margaret Thatcher’s chief scientific adviser.

What with attending lectures, and enjoying general bonhomie with friends and fellow authors, it was a really enjoyable weekend, culminating with a visit to Waterstones.

Don’t forget, Death Rope is out in July, and the following book is about to go off to my editor. I’m never too busy to write!

I have one last event in April, then onwards and upwards, or should that be North-wards – I’m heading up to Newcastle in May, and hope to see you there.

Saturday 28th APRIL – WATFORD

1pm Book signing

Venue: Watford Waterstones

Saturday 5th MAY – NEWCASTLE

12pm Book signing

Venue: Newcastle Waterstones

Sunday 6th MAY – NEWCASTLE

6-7pm Panel on Police Procedurals with Harry Brett,
Alan Carter & Sarah Ward

Venue: Newcastle Noir


That’s all for now. Thank you for reading my news this month. Don’t forget to tell all your friends to subscribe to my newsletter and do keep in touch via TwitterFacebook or my website and I hope to meet you at one of my events soon!

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