About the Author
Author of four murder mystery series, featuring Den Cooper, Devon police detective, Drew Slocombe, Undertaker; Thea Osborne, house sitter in the Cotswolds and now Persimmon Brown, Lake District florist. Also "ghost writer" of the novels based on the ITV series Rosemary and Thyme.
The Coniston Case is now available. Simmy and her assistant Melanie are struggling to meet all the Valentine's Day orders for bouquets of red roses. It comes as a shock to realise that not every floral offering is well intentioned... a number of mischievous anonymous orders are causing considerable complications.
The Indifference of Tumbleweed by Rebecca Tope
A self-published ebook, available from all outlets, price £2.99 or thereabouts. This is the historical novel I wrote as a result of a trip across the western states, featuring Oregon Trail migrants of 1846. It is a coming-of-age story, primarily, and is the first of a trilogy.
ISBN 978 09559517 25
THE VIEW FROM THE CART
Another ebook, following good sales of the first. This is also the story of a journey, but this time in the eighth century AD. A young man, Cuthman, is called by God to travel across southern England, taking his mother with him in a hand cart, or wheelbarrow. They have many adventures, and there are stories within the story. Finally they arrive in the town of Steyning, which was then on the coast. Cuthman builds a church and Stening is renamed St Cuthman's Port. The tale is told by his mother.
£4.99. ISBN 978 09559517 32
A NEW PRAXIS TITLE.
NEBO THE NAILER by Sabine Baring-Gould. Nail-making in the Midlands was a major industry from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Then industrialisation threw the hand-made nails into jeopardy. This is a novel that shows the transitions and social disruptions that ensued, centred on romantic entanglements between two very different classes. £6.50. Available direct from Praxis Books.
Some Personal Stuff
I grew up on farms, first in Cheshire, then in Devon. It was a childhood full of powerful elemental experiences. Cruelty, death, frustration alternated with idyllic summer days, the teamwork of the harvest, the delight of the young animals. No two days were quite the same. Some of these memories have found their way into A Dirty Death, my first novel.
I now live in rural Herefordshire, on a smallholding situated close to the beautiful Black Mountains. I have Cotswold sheep and two elderly dogs - the pigs I enjoyed so much are all gone now, leaving rather a gap. Their paddock is slowly being transformed into a wild garden, with trees, pond and lots of bamboo. Evenings are spent spinning, knitting and weaving, and commissions will be taken for big warm pure wool throws and blankets. Recently I've added alpaca to the stock of fleece, which makes gorgeous baby blankets.