New publishing deal

I'm delighted to announce that I have just signed with MX Publishing who will be publishing my Inspector Armstrong canon to date over the next three months. Volumes I and II will be re-issued in October and November respectively and the new Volume III will appear on 1 December 2017.

Posted: 22 September 2017


Writing update

Just completed the new Casebook of Inspector Armstrong (Volume III). It is scheduled for publishing later in the year. I'll keep you posted.

Posted: 20 August 2017


Dacre Hall Fair 2017

This year's Summer Fair will take place as usual at Lanercost between 22 July and 31 July 2017. I delighted to support the event again and will be signing books on Wednesday 26th.

Posted 18 June 2017


Reading and Writing Update

Over the past few weeks I've been gaining inspiration from Larsson's Blomkvist and Salandar; Charles Cumming's Kell and Milius; and Georges Simenon's Maigret. I am therefore pleased to report that I have finally started the latest volume of Inspector Armstrong's Casebook. I hope Cornelius will be joining the aforementioned heroes on the shelves before the end of the year. I'll keep you updated.

Posted: 6 February 2017


Season's Greetings

Thanks to everyone for your support and interest throughout the year. It's been a busy one with non-writing activity taking priority. I'm hoping the next few months will be a little more balanced and the intention is at this stage that a new Inspector Armstrong volume will see the light of day in 2017. In the meantime, I hope you have a happy and peaceful holiday season. Best wishes.

Posted: 22 December 2016


Say hello to Cornelius

Recently I commissioned some drawings of Inspector Cornelius Armstrong from local artist Alan Gunston. After several meetings, descriptions and drafts I think the results are stunning. It prompted me to give the great man his own profile (Cornelius that is, not Alan), that gives his followers a little more information about his background. Click here to find out more.












Posted: 12 September 2015


A Memorable Weekend

I've just about recovered from the inaugural Carlisle Crime Writing Weekend. It was a great success and really enjoyable if a little tiring! At this early stage it looks as though it is going to become an annual event which will be great for the city and the Old Fire Station. Watch this space.

During the weekend - and completely separate from the festival - I was delighted to learn that The Day We Went To Arsenal has been shortlisted for the 2015 Lakeland Book Prize. A surreal weekend all round!

Posted: 25 June 2015



Good luck to Pennyshorts, on online short story publisher who launch this week. I have a vested interest as they will be publishing an original Inspector Armstrong story. The Restoration Man is set against the grave-robbing scandals of the nineteenth century. Why not give it (and them) ago - stories are only 50p.

Posted: 18 May 2015


New Publication

I'm delghted to report that The Adventure of the Spanish Drums has now been published as an e-book by Endeavour Press.

Posted: 26 April 2015


Fancy A Season Ticket?

Because of the demand from customers to attend every event, we have organised a weekend ticket that will get you into all the events across the weekend.  A steal at £60 - just follow the links on the site via the 'Programme' page.

Posted: 31 March 2014



The programme of events has now been finalised and has been published on the website.

Posted: 20 March 2015


Latest on the Crime Writing Weekend

I'm delighted to confirm that Paul Annett is the latest artist to confirm an appearance at the weekend. Paul is a producer/director who worked on the outstanding Granada production of the Sherlock Holmes stories starring Jeremy Brett. Paul will be appearing with Bert Coules as part of the 'Dramatising Sherlock' event on Saturday 13 June.

Posted: 8 February 2015


Tickets Now On Sale!

Tickets are now on sale for the Carlisle Crime Writing Weekend in June. Details can be found on the link below. The full programme will be published in the next couple of weeks.

Posted: 18 Januarly 2015


Season's Greetings

Thanks to everyone for your interest and support this year and best wishes for 2015.

Posted: 27 December 2014


Dacre Hall Christmas Fair

I'll be signing books at this year's fair on Friday morning. Hope to see you there.

Posted: 26 November 2014


Carlisle Crime Writing Weekend 2015

I'm delighted to announce the launch of the first Crime Writing Weekend in Carlisle next year. It will be held at the Old Fire Station (the city's new arts centre) during 'Crime Month' (when else?), June 2015. For more details visit the website below.

Posted: 3 November 2014


Haltwhistle Craft Fair

I'll be signing books at the Haltwhistle Craft Fair next Saturday 8 November. Hope you to see you there.

Posted: 1 November 2010


Autumn Already?

The trouble with busying on with other things is that you miss out on keeping your own house in order! Been struggling to get much writing done lately because I've been full on organising the first Carlisle Crime Writing Weekend that will take place in June of next year. I'll be in a position to give more details in a couple of weeks' time when the website for event will be finished and the event will formally be launched with the support of the CWA. Watch this space....

Posted: 10 October 2014


July Update

It's been a busy old month (hence the lack of updates!). I've started work on my new book - more details to follow at a later date, and been busy organising an event that I can't reveal just yet but is something that will be great for Carlisle (I'll be in a position to reveal all next month). Yesterday I received a lovely parcel of WI goodies from the Cumbrian Federation after judging their annual poetry entries (good luck to the winners who will go forward to the national competition). As far as reading is concerned, just finished one of Matt Hilton's Joe Hunter adventure and I am now engrossed in David Walsh's Seven Deadly Sins (his pursuit in the exposure of Lance Armstrong). Both fascinating and depressing how corrupt top class sport can be. Finally, as it's the Dacre Hall Summer Fair all week, I'll be there signing books on Tuesday afternoon - hope to see you there.

Posted: 27 July 2014


Thank You

Thanks to the ladies of Irthington WI for inviting me along on Tuesday night. A lovely event and delicious cake!

Similarly, their colleagues at Nicol Forest were equally as welcoming this week. Thanks again to both WIs.

Posted: 14 June 2014


Reading and Writing Update

After a little break following all the promotional work over the past month or two, I'm now back at the keyboard working on a couple of projects. It's back to crime fiction after being inspired by recently burying my head in the excellent works of Ann Cleeves (Raven Black & The Sleeping and the Dead, and John le Carre (The Constant Gardner). And speaking of crime fiction, look out for an exciting announcement next month.

Posted: 12 May 2014


A Busy Week!

It's been a busy old week publicising the new book. With a piece in the local newspaper last week and a radio interview on Tuesday, I met up with the guys from Border TV on Friday at Brunton Park to do a piece for local TV that should go out on Monday or Tuesday of next week. They seemed pretty excited about it so I hope the finished article is worth watching. Finally, a book signing in the local independent book store Bookends on Saturday rounded the week off.  As sales go well at the time of writing, I'm hoping to fade into the background again in the next few days! The Border piece should be available on the net next week.

Posted: 6 April 2014



I'm delighted to say the new book has got off to a good start. A good review appeared in the Cumberland & Westmorland Herald on Friday 21 March and the Carlisle press will feature it next weekend (not sure yet if it the Cumberland News or the Evening News). I will also be doing an interview on Radio Cumbria on Tuesday 25 March at 7pm.

Posted: 23 March 2014



Sure enough, the new book was published yesterday 1 March 2014. For more details, click here.

Posted:2 March 2014


The Day We Went To Arsenal

I'm delighted to say the new book is only days away now and is available to pre-order on Amazon. I've put together a new page on this site that tells you a bit more about it. I'll update the page with reviews and features in due course.

Posted: 23 February 2014


I've Made It To The Twenty First Century!

At the suggestion of my publisher I have launched a Twitter account. I then decided to go all the way and launch a facebook page too, as well as dusting off a rather dormant Linked In account! You can access them all through the links on the home page or via the usual channels. I'll try my best to keep them up to date!

Posted: 6 February 2014


Writing Update

I'm pleased to report that I finished my latest book, The Day We Went to Arsenal, over the holidays. Originally earmarked for 1 August 2014, the publisher has suggested we bring it forward to the spring. I'll confirm arrangements in due course.

Posted: 19 January 2014


Season's Greetings

Thanks to everyone for your interest and support during 2013. I hope you all have a peaceful Christmas and a great 2014!

Posted: 21 December 2013

Let's Get Cosy!

It's re-assuring to note that amid the aforementioned Nordic Noir etc, cosy crime appears to be as popular as ever. In a recent poll, members of the Crime Writers' Association were asked three questions: the best novel of all time, the best writer and the best series. The winners were:

Best novel: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Best writer: Agatha Christie

Best series: Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Fast-forward to the here and now, I am currently enjoying one of the outstanding Susan Hill's Simon Serrailler series.

That reminds me, have I ever mentioned Inspector Armstrong?

Posted: 6 December 2013

Lanercost Christmas Craft Fair

I shall be at the annual fair on Friday, signing books and generally raising money for the upkeep of Dacre Hall beside Lanercost Priory. The fair is on all weekend and boasts crafters from all over Cumbria. Hope you can make it.

Posted: 17 November 2013

Crime Readers' Association

Members of the Crime Writers' Association receive a copy of the monthly publication Red Herrings. In this month's edition members were asked to advertise the Crime Readers' Association. So here goes...

Crime fiction is the country's best-loved genre and the CRA reflects this with over 6,000 members. The CRA produces a monthly e-newsletter (Case Files) and keeps enthusiasts abreast of the latest goings on the the crime writing world. So, whether you are a lover of cosy crime, Nordic Noir, slit-your-gizzard horror, or good old whodunnit, give the CRA a go. Enjoy!

Posted: 10 November 2013


I shall be at the Haltwhistle Arts and Craft Fair next Saturday 2 November. Hope to see you there.

Posted: 25 October 2013

Banner Image

Since the website makeover some visitors have made contact asking about the picture on the banner. Well, it is the corner of Dean Tait's Lane and West Walls at the back of Carlisle Cathedral. Readers of the Inspector Armstrong stories will recognise it as the site of the Italian Murder in his first Casebook.

Posted: 1 October 2013

Reading and Writing Update

I have just returned from a little break in Oxenhope, near Howarth. Let's be honest, if you can't get inspired in a place like that, there's no hope for you! As well as a bit of walking and bird-watching, I read a couple of novels by David Nichols (One Day and Starter for Ten) and rattled through one of Peter James's Inspector Grace adventures. All very enjoyable.

As far as writing is concerned I did a little work on my current project, due for publication next year. The Day We Went To Arsenal tells the story of Carlisle United's adventure in the FA Cup of 1951 against the biggest club in the country. I'm not sure what the Brontes would have made of it but they inadvertenty helped!

Posted: 14 September 2013


Regular visitors will notice a new look to the website. The new colour scheme mirrors some publicity material commissioned to promote the new book. Sadly I can't do much about the scary guy on the front page. Be warned - he is also on the publicity material! Other than that, hope you like it.

Posted: 4 August 2013

Lanercost Summer Fair

My books are on sale at the ten-day fair at Lanercost starting today. I will be there in person on Friday afternoon.

Posted 20 July 2013

Radio Appearance

I will be appearing on Gordon Swindlehurst's Radio Cumbria show on Friday at noon. Gordon will feature the new book and we'll be chatting about Cornelius in particular and my writing in general.

Posted: 19 June 2013


And speaking of Cornelius, I'm delighted to say the second volume of his Casebook was published last week. It was slightly ahead of schedule but timed perfectly for Crime Month.

Posted: 7 June 2013

Life Mimicking Art

As part of my role with the Local Authority involves carrying out internal investigations, I have recently achieved a couple of related qualifications. One has seen me become a member of the Academy of Professional Investigation, which means I am now a qualified Private Investigator (Cornelius taught me all I know)!

Posted: 31 May 2013

Thank You!

I was delighted to give a talk on my writing and my inspirations to the ladies of the Cameo Club in Carlisle on Thursday last. A good night seemed to be had by all - I certainly enjoyed it! Thanks to all who made me feel so welcome.

Posted: 27 April 2013

Reading Update

Having been away on holiday for most of March, I had the opportunity to refer to my 'to do' list. After recently doing some reflective practice as part of a qualification I am studying for, I read a couple of psychology books that had been recommended to me. FLOW by Mihlay Csikszentmihaly and Walking Your Blues Away by Thomm Hartmann were both fascinating and thought provoking. If you are looking to improve your mental health and general wellbeing, I suggest you give them a go.

On a different note: one of the movies I watched on the plane was the (relatively) new Bond film Skyfall. I thought Craig's portrayal was a real throwback and I found myself reaching for one of Fleming's "Meester Bond" originals. Although our hero doesn't make an entrance until a third of the way through the book, From Russia With Love, doesn't disappoint. Great fun.

All three books are thoroughly recommended (as is Skyfall!)

Posted: 7 April 2013

They Think It's All Over - It Is Now!

Further to the note below I've now finished the book! I'll keep you informed about publication dates etc. Watch this space...

Posted 3 March 2013

Writing Update

I've recently been helping Inspector Armstrong with his latest enquiries. The Bells and Plate Fix and The Kaiser's Assassin will form Volume II of his Casebook which is due to be published in Summer/Autumn of this year. I'll keep you updated.

Posted: 28 January 2013

Book Signing

I will be appearing at Waterstones in Carlisle on Saturday 24 November from 11:00am onwards, signing copies of Fourth, First & Fulham as well as some of my other books. Hope to see you there.

Posted: 10 November 2012

More Great Feedback

As with Peter McConnell (see below) another Carlisle-great Bobby Parker kindly took some time out to contact me and let me know how much he enjoyed Fourth, First & Fulham. He was one of the many players I interviewed during the research and, as you might imagine, it means a great deal to have such comments from the very guys I was writing about. Thanks Bobby!

Posted: 14 October 2012

A Literary Break

I returned last week from a nice break on the Galloway coast. With nothing to disturb us but the birds, it was the perfect setting to help Cornelius Armstrong along with his latest case, catch up on some reading (currently Michel Faber's The Crimson Petal and the White) and visit Scotland's Book Town Wigtown.

A terrific few days!

Posted 6 October 2012

Thank You!

Thank you to the Local Historians who made me feel so welcome on Thursday. I hope they enjoyed the morning as much as I did. See you next year!

Posted 5 October 2012

Diary Dates

I shall be giving a talk to the Carlisle Local History Society on 4 October on my writing and my inspirations. I shall then be appearing at the Lanercost Christmas Fayre (yes, Christmas!) on 22 November. Looking forward to them both.

Posted: 16 September 2012

Special Feedback

It is always a bit of a relief to get some good early reviews and feedback, and I'm delighted to say the Blues' book has got off to a good start. Imagine my delight when the great Peter McConnell rang me the other night  to say how much he loved it ("...especially the bits with me in!"). He told me I got the tone and the content "spot on", a sentiment echoed by Ross Brewster in his Cumberland & Westmorland Herald review. When players and journalists 'on the inside' like Peter and Ross go out of their way to pay compliments like that, it means a great deal.

Posted: 19 August 2012

It's all happening on Saturday!

Publicity continues regarding the new book. I will be at Bookends in Carlisle between 10:00 and 12:00 on Saturday morning (11 August) signing copies of Fourth, First & Fulham . Then from 12:30 I'll be at the Dalston Show doing the same thing! Hope you can come along to either event to say hello. The day will then be rounded off with a feature on me and the book from Roger Lytollis of the Evening News & Star.

Posted: 8 August 2012

Published Today

I'm delighted to report that Fourth, First & Fulham was published today. If you can't get a copy in your local shop, you can order the book from DB Publishing or Amazon. If you are still struggling, don't hesitate to get in touch. Hope you enjoy it.

Posted: 24 July 2012

Despite the Weather!

The appalling weather continues to threaten everything! Shortly after these pictures were taken, the heavens opened and another biblical downpour ensued! (Whatever happened to ordinary rain?). Not only did we race inside but it seems the whole of Bank Street followed us, generating quite a bit of business! Well done to Lynne and the team at Oxfam - a good day and a bit of cash raised for a great charity.






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