I stumbled on “A Cotswold Mystery” by Rebecca Tope in a bookshop in Southport and thought I’d give it a go. It is fourth in the Thea Osborne Cotswolds crime series. Although I haven’t read any of the preceding novels, this is a stand alone story. The heroine of the book is Thea … More A Cotswold Mystery
If you are feeling in need of a little baking lift, check out this seasonal short story – The Christmas Bake Off. Sabotage at the Cake Contest. This book offers a quick read about the residents of Skipley village and their annual Christmas bake off. Winning means a lot, so although they lack Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood … More The Great Christmas Bake Off
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol has one of the most memorable first lines of them all. It’s gloomy opening establishes the world of the novel and also tells the reader in no uncertain terms that one of the characters – Marley – is dead. The novel then shocks the reader, and the main character, … More More than one story that begins Marley was dead: to begin with
On Sunday 16th December 2018 Channel 5 are screening a murder mystery based on the Agatha Christie’s Crooked House. The plot Charles, the son of the assistant commissioner at Scotland Yard returns to London after WW2 from Cairo and discovers his ex-lover’s grandfather has been murdered. Sophia, the old mans grandaughter, is convinced he was murdered by … More Agatha Christie’s Crooked House
The murder mystery genre’ is alive and well and living at an on-line bookstore just a mouse click away. How is it that this over-utilized method of story-telling has remained so fresh and compelling after well over a hundred years? The answer lies in the basics of writing. Tell a compelling story An author must … More Why are murder mystery stories so loved?