I know I tell you this every time, but June really has been another busy month – there’s no rest for us writers! Read on to find out about my escapades at CrimeFest in Bristol, MysteryFest in Portsmouth, and everywhere else in between. But don’t worry, all travelling aside I still found some time to work on the next case for DI Steel…


First of all, I’m very excited by how close we’re getting to the next Geraldine Steel adventure! DEATH ROPE is out next month as an ebook, and you can preorder it here, which will ensure that you’re among the first to read what could be Geraldine’s greatest challenge yet…

The paperback is out in November and available to preorder here.

After our trip North for Newcastle Noir at the beginning of the month, we were in Bristol for the annual CrimeFest convention.

It’s always enjoyable meeting up with Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, Martina Cole and Peter James, all of whom have been very generous in their endorsements of my own books, and have become good friends over the years.

It was also brilliant catching up with some of the No Exit Press community, and we spent a very enjoyable evening over dinner.

These crime festivals are a wonderful opportunity to spend time with friends from overseas whom we wouldn’t otherwise see very often.

This is me with Luke McCallin, who flew in from Geneva for Crimefest.

Despite what you might be thinking, it wasn’t all socialising, eating and drinking and fun…

I also did my time on two panels, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed.

After returning home, it was time to judge the long listed entries for the Debut Dagger Award and help select a shortlist. It’s always difficult to choose between such talented writers, but also very rewarding to be a part of this process.

I finished my reading in time to go out for yet another lunch, this time with my colleagues from the Royal Literary Fund. After so much eating and drinking at CrimeFest, I tried to choose a healthy meal.

The beginning of June saw me in Portsmouth, for MysteryFest which had been snowed off in February. This time the weather was beautiful, and we spent an interesting day listening to forensic scientists, police officers, and of course crime writers.

As well as giving a talk, I appeared on two panels, talking about contemporary and historical crime.

Other than all of that, I’ve been interviewed by the Royal Literary Fund and Talk Radio Europe, attended a Board meeting of the Crime Writers Association, continued with the next Geraldine Steel, and struggled to think of a title for my new short story… More on that next time! I’ll also be sharing news of my visit to York at the end of the month, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Until then, I hope you enjoy the lovely weather we’re having. I’ve certainly appreciated the results of Michael’s efforts in the garden. This is what happened when we asked him for more flowers.

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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