05 March 2017
I am delighted to announce that Allison & Busby are publishing Marked to Die, the third in the Bradecote and Catchpoll series, in hardback this autumn, (date to be released). The sheriff's trio are sent a little north to hunt the mysterious archer who is killing the packmen and carters on the Salt Way, and discover who is behind the thefts of valuable salt. Bradecote is also dealing with his increasing attraction to the widow of one of the victims.
7 Jan 2017
Out on 1st February, the audiobook of Ordeal by Fire, from Isis audio books, and also available for download from Audible. Read by the Audible award nominated Matt Addis, Bradecote and Catchpoll come to life and can accompany you on the daily commute, the school run or even doing the ironing. Of course you may just choose to sit, relax, and listen.
18 Dec 2016
Servant of Death, (previously published as The Lord Bishop’s Clerk) is out as en ebook from Allison & Busby on 22nd December, and the paperback will follow on 23rd March 2017. It is nice to see the books as a proper series, though the novels can stand alone.
2 Nov 2016
Following the publication of Ordeal by Fire in hardback on 22nd September I am delighted to announce that the unabridged audiobook will be out on 1st February from ISIS audiobooks, (available in CD/CDMP3 format and as a download from Audible) read by the very talented (and Audible award short listed) Matt Addis. I had the pleasure of meeting up with Matt in Worcester a few days ago 'to tread Catchpoll’s streets’, though alas the street plan is pretty much all bar the cathedral that links modern Worcester to its 12thC incarnation.
As an author, I consider a good unabridged audiobook even more pleasing than the thought of having one’s book transferred to the visual media, since this is the one chance to have the words one has crafted rendered into another medium without them having to be adulterated. It is not simply about them being read by a good voice, nor indeed by a good actor (since some outstanding actors are not exciting audiobook narrators), but a multi-layered skill involving both a wide vocal range and acting talent, pacing, clarity, and engagement both with the listener and the material itself. I am looking forward to February with eager anticipation and confidence.
Ordeal by Fire - only 8 weeks to go
30 July 2016
Allison & Busby are bringing out Ordeal by Fire on 22nd September, so everything is in place. The final cover has a few adjustments from the draft, and is even better. However, ‘do not judge a book by its cover’ is in this case an encouragement to read the tale, as Bradecote and Catchpoll investigate a string of fires in Worcester.