Couture Kart

Couture Kart

Me, in the late seventies. Re-enacting a scene from “Whatever happened to Baby Jane?” with my father. It would be twenty years before I’d drive again. Noticeable is the open doors of some of the houses; nobody locked their doors then. Also the almost total absence of...
Everything Happens: Dark, Deranged & Delightful

Everything Happens: Dark, Deranged & Delightful

Jo Perry is well known and loved, round these parts, for her series of “Dead is…” books featuring Charlie & Rose. Those books – which I have described as being what would happen if Samuel Beckett wrote a crime series, as well as being “Like ‘The Wire’ meets ‘The...
Inspiration, Persperation & Paris

Inspiration, Persperation & Paris

I’m writing this on a train trundling to London to meet up with a couple of police officers (one serving and one newly retired). I’ve started the new book and realised that there are a bunch of things I don’t know that I think I really should. So the plan to ‘pants...
Researching London Locations

Researching London Locations

The Danny Quadrilogy The Danny Bird Mysteries are set in Contemporary London, which I treat as both a real and a fantastic place. When I started writing the books I looked around for a part of London that I knew well enough to be able to sketch it, but I deliberately...