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Cover Picture of Christmas at Ladywell Christmas at Ladywell

My latest book, a seasonal novella that continues the story of The House at Ladywell was published as an e-book on 4th November by Crooked Cat Books There are already some lovely reviews coming in and I’m thrilled that readers are loving this story. ‘A gorgeous Christmassy book…’ ‘Wonderfully written and truly entertaining…’ ‘I especially loved the magical significance of the rather special hares who live in the landscape around Ladywell, and who give the story such a special mystical quality which really is quite magical.’

Christmas at Ladywell is available on Amazon.

Cover Picture of The House at Ladywell The House at Ladywell won the Chatelaine Grand Prize for Romantic Fiction!

At the end of April my husband and I had a great trip to the Pacific North West for the Chanticleer Conference in Bellingham, Washington State. We flew into Seattle and drove the 90-odd miles north to this pretty little seaside town and had fun exploring: mountains, the rugged seashore, tulip fields and lots of fascinating places. My other half explored the town while I spent part of the Saturday at the conference, flitting between sessions about writing characters, doing historical research, and something technical that I still don’t understand! That evening they held the Awards Banquet which was exciting because The House at Ladywell won the Chatelaine Grand Prize for Romantic Fiction! One of the few times my husband says he’s seen me speechless!

We had four nights back in Seattle and one of the highlights was a trip to a reserve for native wild animals: bears, elks, caribou, bison. A road train took us past animals happily roaming the huge tract of land and later we wandered round looking at the fenced off sections where wolves and bobcats, among others, could be seen close up.

Picture of the Chanticleer Grand Prize Badge
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About me

My first novel, Scuba Dancing, (published in 2005), was a romantic comedy but I’ve now turned to crime and am currently working on two separate series.

My Harriet Quigley Mysteries featuring recently-retired headmistress, Harriet Quigley and her clergyman cousin, Canon Sam Hathaway, are contemporary and take place in and around Winchester. With the publication of The Art of Murder (September 2016) there are now three of Harriet’s adventures published. The other two are Murder Fortissimo, and A Crowded Coffin — see my books page for more details.

With the publication of The Dead Queen’s Garden (December 2013) there are now three novels in my historical series "Charlotte Richmond Mysteries" which features a resourceful young Victorian widow who just can’t help stumbling over the occasional corpse. The earlier books in this series are: Murder Most Welcome and Death is the Cure — see my books page for more details.

I wrote children’s stories while my three children were growing up, moving on to adult short stories for several national magazines. Winning a short story competition in FAMILY CIRCLE encouraged me to start writing seriously and since then my stories and articles have been commissioned regularly.

I was brought up in Poole, in Dorset, and since then have lived in various places including Cairo, in Egypt. I now live with my husband near Winchester in Hampshire.

Besides writing I love travelling and have tried my hand as an antiques dealer.

My Interviews

Have you ever wondered what inspired me to write, or which authors made an impression on me ? Take a look at my Interviews page for the answers to these and other questions you might have.

My Book Reviews

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