Death Makes No Distinction wins CWAB Premier Readers’ Award

I’m delighted to announce that Death Makes No Distinction: A Dan Foster Mystery was recently awarded a Chill With a Book Premier Readers Award! A Premier Readers’ Award is given to books that receive exceptionally high evaluations from Chill Readers.

This also means that the book has been automatically entered for the Book Cover of the Month Award for October, and it is short listed for Book of the Year 2019.You can find out more here.

In addition, in September Death Makes No Distinction was joint winner of the Discovering Diamonds Book of the Month. The other winners were Alison Morton with Nexus, and M J Logue with A Deceitful Subtlety. Read about the award here.

Death Makes No Distinction has also been awarded Chill With a Book’s Cover of the Month Award for October 2019! The covers were judged by Cathy Helms of Avalon Graphics.

 

 


Recent Radio Interviews

On 3 October 2019 I was on the Claire Cavanagh show on BBC Radio Bristol talking about the new Dan Foster Mystery, Death Makes No Distinction. If you missed the show you can listen to the podcast here (interview starts after the 3 o’clock news).

And on 9 October 2019 I talked to Roma Widger on BCfm Radio between 10 am and 11 am. Roma also played some of my favourite tracks! You can listen to the podcast here.


Crime and Passion

I recently wrote an article on Female First about my favourite crime fiction. It ranges from classics like Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, to Golden Age crime fiction and beyond. But which crime writer is top of my list? You can find out by reading the article at Female First here.


Author Interview with Fiona McVie

“There are always so many ways a story can go and in the end you make a choice about how you’re going to tell it this time, in this book. For every book you finish, there are many other manifestations of it in the shadows behind it: the characters you didn’t include, the settings you didn’t use, the themes you didn’t pursue, the turns you didn’t take.”

I was a guest on Fiona McVie’s Author Interviews blog talking about writing, reading, inspiration, and the latest Dan Foster Mystery, Death Makes No Distinction. You can read the interview here.


Death Makes No Distinction is joint winner of DD Revs Book of the Month

I’m thrilled that Death Makes No Distinction was joint winner of Discovering Diamonds Book of the Month (September 2019). “The characters are well-drawn, the plot is tight and highlights the difficulties of an ordinary ‘policeman’ trying to make headway in the days when only the intuition, talents and determination of men like Dan Foster could hope to succeed.” Read the full review on the Discovering Diamonds website.


Death Makes No Distinction – the new Dan Foster Mystery

The third Dan Foster Mystery, Death Makes No Distinction, was published by SilverWood Books on 20 September 2019.

When two women at opposite ends of the social scale are brutally murdered, Principal Officer Dan Foster of the Bow Street Runners is determined to get to the bottom of both cases. But as his enquiries take him into both the richest and the foulest places in London, Dan is forced to face a shocking new reality when the people he loves are targeted by a shadowy and merciless adversary…

For more information, see the Death Makes No Distinction page.

 


Suffrage Stories: Tales from Knebworth, Stevenage, Hitchin and Letchworth

Last year I was asked to write a chapter about Millicent Price (née Browne), the suffrage campaigner whose biography I’m currently writing, for a book for the Stevenage and North Herts Suffrage Stories: 100 years of votes for women project. The project is run by Stevenage Museum working with North Herts Museum, Knebworth House, the Garden City Collection, and YC Hertfordshire. The project focuses on the local stories of women’s campaign for the vote.

The book, Suffrage Stories: Tales from Knebworth, Stevenage, Hitchin and Letchworth, was launched at Knebworth House, the home of suffragette Lady Constance Lytton, on Friday 28 June 2019. Along with my chapter, Not So Militant Browne, the book also contains chapters on Lady Constance Lytton, Elizabeth Impey, the Suffrage Pilgrimage and more.

Suffrage Stories: Tales from Knebworth, Stevenage, Hitchin and Letchworth will be on sale locally in Hertfordshire museums (paperback, price £10.00), or contact Stevenage Museum or North Hertfordshire Museum.


Installing a Blue Plaque for the Bristol and West of England Society for Women’s Suffrage

The weather was awful but that didn’t deter us and in true suffrage spirit over thirty people braved a bitterly cold and wet day for the installation of a Blue Plaque to commemorate the Bristol and West of England Society for Women’s Suffrage on Saturday 15 December 2018.

One hundred years after women voted in British Parliamentary elections for the first time, Bristol MP Thangam Debbonaire was guest of honour at the installation of a Blue Plaque at 3 West Mall, Clifton.

The Bristol and West of England Society for Women’s Suffrage was set up when Florence Davenport Hill (1828/9–1919) invited a group of like-minded individuals to a meeting at her home at 3 West Mall (formerly 3 The Mall), Clifton, Bristol on 24 January 1868. The society joined the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) in 1896, and continued campaigning until all women won the vote in 1928. Mrs Millicent Garrett Fawcett, the leader of the NUWSS, was honoured by a statue in Parliament Square earlier last year.

The event had a lovely surprise ending when Professor Bhupinder Sandhu and Richard Whitburn invited a group of extremely wet and bedraggled people into their home for coffee and cake. Their hospitality was most welcome and we were all extremely grateful to them.

Photos:

With Thangam Debbonaire MP and Lori Streich of the Blue Plaques Committee (Gordon Young)

The Blue Plaque (Gordon Young)