It is so pleasing to me that the first book I wrote, A Bella Street Mystery: The Secret Formula, continues to garner some great reviews!

Zuzu, on Goodreads, writes Five Stars! What a great YA book. As a 69 year old granddad I thoroughly, thoroughly, enjoyed this story. Well written, believable plot, nasty villains, and a brave heroine, with an exciting climax. What more could you ask for? 
I only wish some of the long winded adult mystery books read recently could keep me as entertained.
Congratulations. More please. 

and Catherine, on Goodreads, writes: Five stars! (I) enjoyed it very much and actually had a hard time putting it down and read it in one day. Loved the main character Bella and her adventures that kept me turning the pages.
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Please click the play button below to listen to me read the first chapter of The Bellamy Bird! This will give you a taste of my vintage-inspired adventure story for young and old. I'm hoping to post more updates on this channel in the future.
Many thanks to Sally Roddom from Australia for her four Star review of The Bellamy Bird! Sally writes on Amazon 'A fast-paced and fun read that brought back memories of my own childhood play'. Read Sally's full review and others here.
image source: Vern C Gorst. 1930 Two Girls Reaching for toy Sailboat. Seattle, Washington. University of Washington Libraries Digital Collection. Flickr Commons.
At long last the third book in my Bella Street Mysteries series, tentatively titled The Fat Lady Sings, is being published! The prologue and first chapter have been published on the Bella Street Mysteries page on my website, and the subsequent chapters will be emailed free of charge to the subscribers to my monthly newsletter as a small thank you for your support! If you have not yet signed up to my newsletter you can do so here: The novel will be published in paperback form at the end of the year. Here's a brief synopsis of what Bella has to expect:

Bella and her trusty friend, tech genius and noir afficionado, Felix are hiding from the wrath of Doc Gutson after thwarting her once again when they were in England. The Deputy Director of the FBI and the US Marshals have placed Bella and Felix in the Witness Protection Program and the two have been relocated to Tropical North Queensland in Australia. Back in the US, the Doc is recruiting the worst of the worst to assist her in her hunt for Bella, Felix and Bella's mom, Emerald Street, editor of top fashion magazine Gorgeous Me! and Doc Gutson's nemesis. Marky Blue-Eyes and Carlos the Moose, long term inmates of the country's worst prisons, have escaped and the Doc wants them to join her and her henchmen Johnny Sequins, Pauly Three-Toes and Dick Gutson in her plan for the ultimate revenge. Will Bella and Felix be able to put a stop to Doc Gutson's antics once and for all or will they be forced to face a future of never ending barbeques and Australian Rules Football? One thing's for sure, it won't be over until the fat lady sings...


What next?


What to read after reading The Bellamy Bird? Go to The Bellamy Bird page for some ideas...

Thanksgiving Sale!


Writer's Block and The Bellamy Bird are now ON SALE on Amazon! The ebooks are currently $2.99 each down from $3.50! Perfect timing for some Holiday reading for when you are curled up on the couch watching the snow falling outside!  
Another five star review on Amazon for The Bellamy Bird! Carolynfromoz wrote 'This is an excellent children's/YA adventure story also enjoyed by this older reader...heaps of adventure and sleuthing for young and old. Lots of good fun'.

Thanks Carolynfromoz! 
If you have not already posted a review on Amazon for A Bella Street Mystery: The Secret Formula, Doc Gutson's Revenge, The Bellamy Bird or Writer's Block please head over to Amazon now and do so! I am aiming for 100 reviews of each title as it all helps with the mighty Amazon algorithms! THANK YOU so much for your support! If you have not yet read one of my books or are missing one from your collection, please email me at and I will gift you an ebook copy of the title of your choice! 
Thanks to my FB friend and authoress extraordinaire Nancy Naigle for alerting me to the fact that you can now add authors to your 'Favorites' list in order to be notified of new releases. Sounds like a good idea! Click here for my Amazon Author page! Don't forget you can also sign up for my monthly newsletter for more in-depth info about each of my series – click here to sign up!

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    Clare lived for many years on a street in Manhattan just like the street where Bella lives. She now lives on a high cliff next to a lighthouse in Australia but luckily doesn't have to walk too far to buy bagels.

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