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The second in my series of whodunnits is being published by Severn House in July. Cruising to Murder is set on a luxury cruise off the west coast of Africa and features a wealthy and cosmopolitan cast - why on earth should they want to do away with each other? Severn House are also releasing the first in the series Fest under the new title of The Festival Murders. This is available as an ebook now and a paperback at the end of July.

Here are some of the nice things critics said about Fest/The Festival Murders :

Thriller of the Week: 'A marvellous set of unsavoury suspects... good, nasty fun with a ring of truth' MAIL ON SUNDAY

' A wicked send-up of literary festivals... a crime novel with a cute concept' INDEPENDENT

'Raunchy goings-on at fictional festival Mold on Wold... a rollicking read' EVENING STANDARD

'And don't miss Fest ... an old-fashioned murder mystery with ...neatly disguised clues ... and a satisfyingly unexpected culprit' LITERARY REVIEW

'A very engaging literary romp' SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

'This has been quite the year for thinly disguised literary romans--clef, with Mark McCrum's novel causing gossip in literary circles' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

The book was also chosen for the Independent on Sunday's 'Alternative Booker Longlist' in July.

There are other nice reviews by readers on Amazon and Goodreads.

At the end of September I'll be back at Villa Pia in the mountains of Umbria for my sixth year of teaching. This is a truly delightful spot, with wonderful food. The writers gather with me most mornings for stimulating exercises on anything from dialogue to structure. These are always fun, and instructive too.

All my other titles (see Books section for extracts) are available on Amazon for as little as 0.01p in some cases.

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