THE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING EBOOKS

Sometimes you get an inkling that a trip isn’t going to go well right from the outset.  In our case, we missed our plane to Copenhagen (the nearest big airport to southern Sweden).  The M6 motorway, which is our route to Manchester Airport, saw three separate vehicle crashes with the inevitable hold-ups.  Our normal two-hour journey took five hours.  Needless to say our plane had long gone by the time we reached the airport. That was a hint of what was to come.  On our first morning in Ystad (a day later than planned) with my son and his family, I received an email from the company that distributes (not publishes) all my ebooks. ...

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VACATION v LOCATION

If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you will be aware of the importance locations play in my writings.  Where possible I visit the places I want to describe and often get fresh ideas from the locations themselves – where to put characters and introduce new ones; where scenes can be played out.  I know a number of my readers enjoy Googling the locations used in the books.  In fact, on any trip to Sweden I spend my time looking at places and seeing how I can utilise them.  Naturally, this can be annoying for my family when we visit them.  My mind drifts off when I should be paying them more attention!...

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SWEDISH SEA STORIES

Reaching the end of a book is a double-edged sword.  There’s a certain feeling of relief, of course, but also sadness that the project is finished.  And the only way to combat that is to start another one!  Despite a planned break over the summer new thoughts are already swirling around.  And there are new places to visit.  In our case, our next trip to Sweden is going to include an excursion to Tallin in Estonia. Tallin has had a lasting impact on Sweden’s psyche with the MS Estonia tragedy in 1994, which saw the loss of 852 passengers and crew, of which 501 of the victims were Swedish.  And it was with interest...

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AN INTERESTING FINNISH TO THE YEAR

Christmas is almost upon us and I can’t believe how quickly the year has gone.  Maybe it’s an age thing.  I’ve been busy working on Malice in Malmö, which I hope to bring out in April/May next year.  And last month both A Malmö Midwinter and Menace in Malmö came out as paperbacks through McNidder & Grace. This year I’ve been over to Sweden a number of times.  My last trip in October also included a visit to Finland and the beautiful city of Helsinki.  Not that the weather was very welcoming as I was there during the backend of one of the hurricanes – it was extremely wet, windy and very cold. However,...

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The times they are a changin’

When Bob Dylan sang his classic song in 1964, he couldn’t have conceived how much the world has changed in 2017.  Politically, economically and socially we’re facing huge upheavals.  Things are changing fast.  It was only when I was writing Menace in Malmö that it dawned on me that our cities are, too.  I’d set a scene in the big university building next to the Inner Harbour in Malmö and I described the characters looking out towards the iconic Turning Torso.  Fortunately, before the book was published, when I was changing trains one day and wandered out of the station, I suddenly realised that another huge building had appeared since I’d last been there,...

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MEET ME IN MEXICO

There’s an exciting crime writer who is putting Mexico on the map – to be more precise, Acapulco.  The talented Carmen Amato has brought crime readers the only female detective in Acapulco, Emilia Cruz, who not only battles with squadroom machismo, but also the murky world of Mexican politics, drug wars, kidnaps and police corruption.  And Carmen, originally from New York, is well qualified to shine a spotlight on this seething society as she has spent a great deal of time in Mexico and Central America. Detective Emilia Cruz burst onto the crime scene in Cliff Diver.  Now the fifth book in the dynamic series has just come out – Pacific Reaper.  The series...

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