Category Archives: Crime fiction

Bruised Lilacs Are Not Ready To Wilt #inherdefence #winterdowns #crimefiction

In Her DefenceAm I the only person who has trouble getting their plots to stand still long enough to be written? Do some titles – titles that you love – get set aside time and again because something more pressing gets in the way?

As the final edits of my next Bunch Courtney book is snatched from my reluctant hands by stern-faced editors and the layout process is set into motion I was forced to look at the title of next book in order to list it in the prelims. Continue reading

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Readings from Winter Downs at Chester Litfest 27th November #readings #literaturefestivals #Chesterlitfest

Having been in Chester for Fantasycon in October I am thrilled to announce that I am returning to the city to take part in the Chester Literature Festival.

The Chester Literary Festival takes place between 10th November and 1st December and has a huge line-up of authors!

I shall be a participant in the ‘Elevenses’ stream of readings at the Storyhouse in Chester.  Local authors are  being given the opportunity to read from their latest work, answer questions and sell their wares as a part of the larger event and I am very much looking forward to it! (Albeit with some nerves!).

I shall be reading from Winter Downs at 11am on 27th November – so if you are in Chester that day please do come and listen! (It is free!)

Now to go and start practising!

Peter Mark May : Edwards Q&A Challenge #Q&A #Horrorfiction #Fantasyfiction #writers

Peter Mark May hails from Walton-On-Thames in Surrey and now lives in Hersham.

He is the author of six horror novels and one novella Demon, Kumiho, Inheritance [P. M. May], Dark Waters (novella), Hedge End, AZ: Anno Zombie, Something More Than Night and Forky’s House.

Peter  also writes historical crime under the name Alexander Arrowsmith, his first of a series of novels Pillars of Blood was published 2016/17.

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Winter Downs ebook now £1.99 #kindle #ebooks #winterdowns

The award-winning crime book Winter Downs is now available on Kindle for the reduced price of £1.99! (click here)

Reading This Saturday

I shall be reading from my Arnold Bennett Book Prize winner,  Winter Downs, at around 11.20 at:

HARTSHILL MIDSUMMER FAIR on SATURDAY 23 JUNE 2018  (open from 10am to 3pm) at North Staffordshire Medical Institute, Hartshill Road, Hartshill, Stoke on Trent ST4 7NY

Winter Downs is a Winner! @Sotlive @Bennettsoc #awards #crimefiction #winterdowns #arnoldbennettprize

Just back from Cyprus with the fabulous news that Winter Downs has won the Arnold Bennett Book prize!

Shocked and awed!  I suspect there is no easy way to graciously accept any award because if other people are anything like me they don’t dare think about the possibility that they might actually be in the running.  Continue reading

Winter Downs #review #crimefiction #winterdowns

A new 5* review for Winter Downs in the midst of the snow!

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Review : Amazon.co.uk : Daz Pulsford

“What starts out as a mysterious death soon turns into a mystery of worrying proportions – there’s more than rustling afoot in this snowbound Sussex Downs village. The central character, Bunch, is determined to clear the first victim’s name, and doggedly pursues the leads as the drama unfolds.

Set in the bleak austerity of 1940, near the South Coast with its constant invasion threat, rationing, and blackout protocol – Bunch and her sister Dodo are pitted against not only the difficulties of communication and officialdom of the War, but also the complex tangle of classism and patriarchy.

Heavy snow acts like the treacle of difficulties Bunch must wade through to get to the truth, and combined with the immaculate attention to period detail, the writer’s own skill with the local dialect, and the easing reluctance of the Chief Inspector initially summoned to close a suicide case, our relentless narrator pieces the clues together to uncover a touch of evil pervading the village.

Are there more? I would hope so – I loved the characters, the energy of the plot and the feel of the time evoked in the details.”