Saturday, 8 September 2012

Lambeth Country Show

Are you heading to The Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park next weekend to check out the sheep dog displays, the jousting displays, the prize-winning pots of marmelade and the vegetable sculptures?

If so, come and see me in the Cultivate Zone on Saturday, 15th September. I'll be reading for Brixton Book Jam with Alex Wheatle, Jim Bob, Warwick Cairns and Keith Kahn-Harris, 2.15pm - 3.00 pm. I'll also be signing books afterwards from 3.00 pm.

My first two books, Alison Wonderland and Being Light, are set in Brixton.

In Alison Wonderland, a woman joins an all-female detective agency in London and is drawn into a series of interconnected adventures that take her to Weymouth on the south coast of England, back to Battersea Park and into secret tunnels under the Thames. Ever wanted to read a book that name-checks Clapham Common, Battersea Park, Brixton and Tooting Bec Lido as well as the Cerne Abbas Giant? This book is for you.

Being Light is a standalone book that features some of the characters from Alison Wonderland including Alison, her best friend Taron, her boss Mrs Fitzgerald and her psychic postman. In Being Light, a man is swept away on a freak gust of wind while installing a bouncy castle in Brockwell Park. When he doesn't come home, his wife hires Alison to find him. Ever wanted to read a book that name-checks Brockwell Park, The Royal Albert Hall, the Albert Memorial, the 159 bus and Brixton, and features a dramatic fall from Big Ben as part of the story? This book is for you.

 Dystopian bookThe Miracle Inspector is a dystopian novel set in England in the near future. London is an oppressive place where schools and theatres have been shut down and women are not allowed to work outside the home. A young married couple, Lucas and Angela, decide to escape to Cornwall - with disastrous consequences. This is a bleaker novel than the first two, though it has plenty of funny lines in it. The print edition was published on 4th September. If you want to know why I consider it my masterpiece and it's getting lots of great reviews, come and buy a copy on Saturday and I'll sign it for you.

I'm currently writing a murder mystery series featuring twenty-six-year old amateur sleuth Emily Castles, who lives in Brixton. In the first novel, Invitation to Die, an American blogger is murdered at a romance authors' convention in a hotel in Bloomsbury. Invitation to Die will be published soon.

In the second novel, Beyond Belief, which I'm currently writing, a celebrated magician is murdered at a conference of psychics, philosophers and sceptics in Torquay. Fortunately Emily is on hand to investigate.

In the third novel, which I'll be writing next, a murder takes place at the Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park. Yes! The very same Lambeth Country Show that I'll be attending next Saturday. I'll be on the lookout for potential clues and lots of local colour so that I can put it into the book.

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