Snippets

In July I was knocked down by an untethered standard poodle and suffered a severe concussion and broken bone in my back, luckily without nerve damage. My doctor has told me I should not be writing anything as complex as a novel for the next six months. She did say, however, I could write short…

My Favourite Characters

On Saturday I attended a book talk by an author who has written a mystery about the town where I now live. She spoke of her favourite character, one she had not originally intended to put in her book. An author naturally has favourites in each book. I thought I would list mine. When writing…

Elspeth’s Days Off

At a book talk I was asked what Elspeth enjoyed doing when not travelling for Lord Kennington. Consequently I began thinking about Elspeth’s times away from work. When not on long assignments, she lives most of the time in Gordon Mews (an imaginary place) near Kensington Gardens in London. She doesn’t like clutter and spends…

A Day Off

I try to write or work on one of my books everyday, seven days a week, even if I have an event scheduled, but recently I took a day off. I normally look forward to my time at the computer and immersing myself in Elspeth Duff’s world. One day last week doing so lost its…

The Origin of Elspeth Duff’s Name

Someone asked about the origin of Elspeth’s name. I spent a long time finding the right name for Elspeth Duff. I wanted the name to be Scottish. I played with the name Elizabeth because if we had a daughter (we had a son) she would have been called Elizabeth. Elspeth, of course, is the Scottish form…

Upcoming Novel

At last I am settled in my new home and am in the process of editing A Crisis in Cyprus, the fourth book in the Elspeth Duff mystery series. I hope to have it published by February 2016. The editing process takes more time than I wish it did. For those of you who missed…

21st June 2015, Summer

Please forgive me for having been remiss in keeping my blog up to date. I recently made the major decision to return to the States after five years living and traveling in Europe. A week ago I arrived in Point Roberts, Washington, a small community about twenty miles south of Vancouver, BC, and I plan…

Malta and My Forthcoming Books

I love Malta. This wonderful nation appears in almost all of my novels. Elspeth is reacquainted with her friend Richard Munro there, and their developing relationship continues throughout my books. In A Secret in Singapore, due out this coming winter, the story opens in Malta, and later Elspeth visits Richard there in her search for the murderer of her fiancé…

A Secret in Singapore is Underway

Now that A Scandal in Stresa is published, both in paperback and Kindle format, and A Murder in Malta has been revised, my editor and I are busily working on A Secret in Singapore, the third in the Elspeth Duff mystery series. The murder of Elspeth Duff’s fiancé, Malcolm Buchanan, at the University of Cambridge in nineteen…