Following in the footsteps of the Serial podcast which looked at the cold-case file of a murdered teenager in the US, the BBC's Radio 4 is examining the case of a murdered girl and is apparently getting lots of leads even after all this time – amazing. The Serial podcast has led to an appeal hearing for the man who has been serving a sentence for the death of the American teenager. Let's hope this new Radio 4 examination helps shed some light on what happened to Elsie Frost.
Brenda, a Goodreads Librarian, has posted a lovely review of Still Waters on Amazon and Goodreads – thank you Brenda!
I thoroughly enjoyed Still Waters by Aussie author Clare Havens, which is the second in the Constable Country Mysteries cosy series. The novel has a great plot with mystery woven through a story of family, hope and love; and entwined with greed, secrets and lies. I am really looking forward to the third in the series and have no hesitation in recommending Still Waters highly.
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Such a lovely thing, to receive a five star review on Amazon.co.uk for The Bellamy Bird, from actress Sophie Neville, who starred in one of my favourite films, Swallows and Amazons, which was based on the book of the same name written by Arthur Ransome. Sophie says:
Who wouldn't love to find they'd traveled back in time and were able to solve the mystery that changed family fortunes! If you've loved 'Swallows and Amazons', 'Just William' and Agatha Christie's Poirot stories, this book is for you. It's charming and would make a great present for young readers, I'd say from the age of about 9 to 90.
Several of Arthur Ransome's books were set around rivers in Suffolk and Norfolk close to where I grew up and this is the same area I write about in my Constable Country Mysteries series. A lovely connection!
Still Waters, the second in my Constable Country Mysteries series, is out now on Amazon! Please don't forget to leave a review!
Kate Summers, owner of the Constable Country Tearooms in the English picture-perfect village of East Trimley is looking forward to celebrating the holidays with her new partner, Patrick Collins, and his two grown children when Patrick's financial advisor is found face down in their frozen lake. Detective Vicky Allard draws Kate into the investigation into missing money and dark secrets and Kate finds that the most normal of people can be capable of the darkest crimes. Still waters run deep...
Praise for Writer's Block from bestselling author Bella Street:
'Havens creates a perfect cozy mystery that had me guessing until the end. I loved the neighborhood, characters, the twists and turns, and how even the most charming little towns hold the darkest secrets...'
The Fat Lady Sings is now available as an ebook on Amazon! A paperback version will be out later in the year. This is the third book in the Bella Street Mysteries. Bella and Felix in the Witness Protection Program – hidden from the evil Doc Gutson and her gang. The Doc hires the worst of the worst, Marky Blue-Eyes and Carlos the Moose, to track Bella down. Will Bella and Felix manage to stay one step ahead of the Doc and her henchmen? Will Bella and Felix ever find out what Excalibur is? What will Johnny Sequins and Pauly Three-Toes do if the Doc finally goes off the deep end? All good questions. One thing's certain, it won't be over 'til the fat lady sings... Don't forget to leave a review on Amazon please!
Here is a sneak peek at the cover of the forthcoming The Fat Lady Sings! Many thanks to eggcreative design in Melbourne who have made all three of my Bella Street covers as well as the cover for The Bellamy Bird.
In The Fat Lady Sings, Bella Street and her tech-wizard friend Felix Samson have been hidden in the Witness Protection Program to keep them out of Doc Gutson's evil clutches. Unfortunately, the Doc has hired the worst of the worst, Marky Blue-Eyes and Carlos the Moose, to track them down. Will Bella and Felix manage to stay one step ahead of the Doc and her henchmen? Will Bella and Felix ever find out what Excalibur is? What will Johnny Sequins and Pauly Three-Toes do if the Doc finally goes off the deep end? All good questions. One thing's certain, it won't be over 'til the fat lady sings...
The third instalment of the Tween Noir Bella Street Mysteries series – think Derek Zoolander meets Sam Spade. I know!
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.