Updated Amazon Author Page

I have updated my Amazon author page. Three new books added this year. Two of these are in Mitzi Szereto’s acclaimed The Best New True Crime series and the other is a fantasy story in Kingdoms of Wrath and Ice, edited by Liz Delton. Not on Amazon is my second brief encounter for The Doctor […]

New titles

Three different publications to announce. The sixth instalment of Mitzi Szereto’s acclaimed true crime series contains my piece on the Pype Hayes Murders. It is the fourth time I have worked with Mitzi in this series and, once again, she has edited a fantastic collection. It is available now. Khartoum is my second contribution to […]

Spies in Suburbia

The fifth instalment in Mitzi Szereto’s The Best New True Crime Stories is out now. Partners in Crime features my piece, Spies in Suburbia. It is the first time I have written about a true crime set entirely outside the nineteenth century. In many ways the mid twentieth century is as distant from us as […]

Mary Kelly’s grave

On 19 November 1888 the woman who called herself Mary Jane Kelly was buried. Huge crowds arrived to mourn the victim of Jack the Ripper and she has since been portrayed in literature and films with her true identity still unknown. Claims that she was Elizabeth Weston-Davies prompted a team of researchers to conclude that […]

Never forget

In 2018 I contributed to a Doctor Who charity anthology, Time Shadows Second Nature. This week three separate things reminded me of this. The most recent Doctor Who episode is, like the story, set during the Crimean War. Secondly, I was revising my biography of William Onion, who joined the Marines when they were fighting […]

Letter to Old Boss, 133 years ago

On 29 October 1888 someone wrote a letter to Doctor Openshaw at the London Hospital. Earlier that month a kidney had been sent through the post to George Lusk, chairman of a vigilante committee, with a letter claiming to be from hell and Jack the Ripper. Openshaw’s professional opinion on the kidney was circulated in […]

Back into Fiction

For the last three years I have been working on non-fiction projects, having previously spent about half of my writing time on fiction. This wasn’t a conscious change in strategy, rather a response to the market. I still receive guidelines for fiction anthologies and see if I have anything suitable or enough time to create […]