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May 23, 2016

Hi everyone. At my last book talk and signing at Newcastle City Library I was asked the question – where do my ideas come from? The truth is I never know what’s going to happen in any of my novels. I don’t start at the beginning; neither do I work on the ending as many...

April 27, 2016

Since my last blog, a big thank you goes out to all those lovely readers who managed to pick a copy of The Wharf Butcher. Within 4 weeks of it going Kindle, it managed to reach the Top 200 ranking.Well it has finally happened! Both Waterstones and W H Smith have given...

March 1, 2016

THE WRONG END OF THE ROPE

Over the centuries Durham Prison has contained some of the country’s most notorious criminals.   Many, such as the Kray twins, Frankie Fraser, John Vicar, Myra Hindley, and Rose West, are still household names. What many people don’t know is th...

February 21, 2016

Britain’s First

Serial Killer

Whilst doing some local research on my latest novel, I pulled into the old Durham mining village of Bishop Auckland the other day. There are few clues to its gruesome past, but the house I came to visit was once home to Britain’s first seri...

January 28, 2016

Readers have recently contacted me about the “Dolly Peel” on Commercial Road, and why I chose this particular pub as DCI Mason’s favourite lunchtime watering hole. Apart from its close proximity to the South Shields Magistrates Court, it’s Mason’s kind of place. Often...

December 27, 2015

A huge thank you goes out to all those lovely readers who commented on the latest DCI Mason and David Carlisle novel, The Wharf Butcher. This was my first attempt at crime writing, and the past few weeks have been hectic, what with book signing events and talks – a big...

April 10, 2015

THE YORKSHIRE RIPPER

An interview with Maurice Waugh, a retired West Yorkshire police officer, who in 1978 was involved in the Yorkshire Ripper Case.

This unassuming Giant of a man was not only easy to get along with; he was an interesting character to talk to. His is ca...

May 1, 2013

Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.
                Mark Twain

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