πŸ“š Spring is here! πŸ“š

Hey there, lovely reader,

Last month was a banner month for me, my most successful since I started writing nine years ago. It's very exciting for me to see so many people around the world discover Annabelle, Graham, Roxy, and Diana for the first time, especially in new markets like Germany.

This week I have news of the latest audiobook, what I did last week and what I'm doing now. Plus a couple of Easter pictures – two of my faves: hot cross buns made by my son; and daffodils on our deck. I've always loved daffodils and make a special effort to plant some every year, even tipping the old bulbs into the field below our deck to add some colour there. The animals that pass by – deer, raccoons, skunk, squirrels, possums, and even the odd coyote – leave them alone.

A little break

Last week, after packing up Diana #6 and leaving copious notes to myself so that when I return to Vancouver, I can almost seamlessly continue with the story and the various plot twists I have planned, I spent the week relaxing. This doesn't mean not working, it means I got on with things I don't normally have time for when I am writing. In this case, it involved doing accounts, making promotional materials, catching up on emails in my inbox. Rather dull but after that, I had some fun. I completed two jigsaws and started a third. Getting to my jigsaw table at 8 a.m. and working for hours is a real luxury. Whilst doing them, I was very happy listening to some UK police procedure workshops I'd registered for in preparation for starting the new Inspector Graham. One of them was with the police advisors for a UK TV crime series, Happy Valley. I didn't watch the series beyond the first episode – it was most definitely not cozy – but it has a reputation for being extremely authentic. It was interesting to learn that the crimes in the TV series were based on real life ones, mostly from the 80s and 90s, ones I remember from when I lived there. I also learned a lot about covert policing – online and undercover work. The UK is one of the most heavily surveilled countries in the world and I was surprised to learn about the thousands and thousands of man hours that go into reviewing CCTV during the course of an investigation. This emphasis reflects how important CCTV is in moving cases forward. I don't rely on CCTV too much in the Graham books, I prefer the deduction process, but having seen the detective work that goes into sourcing important videographic evidence, never mind reviewing it, I came away with a greater appreciation for it. On Monday, I finally opened a new file: GRAHAM Book 10 Version 4 and as of writing, am twelve pages in. A lot more to go, but I'm on my way. To celebrate and for a bit of fun, I think I should roll this video out again. It's a police recruitment video for Guernsey which, like Jersey, is one of the Channel Islands. I can just imagine Graham and his gang in the scenarios depicted in this video. The guy at the end reminds me of Roachie. πŸ˜‰

Watch the video

Uncommon Witness audiobook

The most recent Inspector Graham is now available in audio bringing the series up to date. Going forward the aim is to produce the audiobook a month or two after new ebook and print versions are available.

The Case of the Uncommon Witness audiobook US

The Case of the Uncommon Witness audiobook UK

The complete Inspector Graham audiobook series is as follows:

The Case of the Screaming Beauty

The Case of the Hidden Flame

The Case of the Fallen Hero

The Case of the Broken Doll

The Case of the Missing Letter

The Case of the Pretty Lady

The Case of the Forsaken Child

The Case of the Sampson's Leap

The Case of the Uncommon Witness

The Inspector Graham Mysteries: Books 1-4

The Inspector Graham Mysteries: Books 5-7

A jigsaw update

The one with the planes has taken a loooong time. It was the last puzzle I gave my Dad, a WWII and airplane enthusiast, back in the day before he was unable to do them. I took it back home with me after I visited last summer thinking I knew planes (went to a lot of airshows when I was a kid) but the puzzle was a challenge. It took me several months, but I finally completed it last week. The second is a “magic puzzle.” The pieces come in two bags. You make the puzzle with the pieces from the bigger bag. Then you move sections of the puzzle around which creates a hole in the middle which you fill in with pieces from the second bag. It is quite ingenious! I have several of these types of puzzle and they are always good entertainment, fast moving, and just the right level of challenge. Completed in just a few (intense) days. Right, I'm about to pack my lunch and go on a hike with a friend. I'll be “returning” to Jersey later on today. I'll be back next week with more news. Until then, happy reading!

Chaos in Cambridge by Alison Golden
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