News and Views


This promises to be a very exciting year!

Mortmain Hall

This book, the sequel to my Golden Age thriller, Gallows Court, is published by Head of Zeus in hardback April. The US publication by Poisoned Pen Press is scheduled for September. I really loved writing this one, a Gothic homage to the classic whodunit, complete with map of the crime scene and even a Cluefinder…


This book is a masterclass in crime writing, edited by me, and published by HarperCollins in June to celebrate the Detection Club’s 90th birthday. Almost every living member of the Club has contributed new essays, while there are also contributions from distinguished former members. So – everyone from Len Deighton and John Le Carre to Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Felix Francis, Ann Cleeves, Peter James, Mark Billingham, Peter Robinson, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Agatha Christie. To name but a few….

British Library anthologies

The Measure of Malice, my latest anthology of vintage mysteries in the British Library’s Crime Classics series, came out before Christmas and will be followed this summer by Settling Scores, a collection of sporting mysteries. Other crime classics to look out for include a rare locked room mystery by none other than Peter Shaffer.

The Lake District Mysteries

I’m regularly asked when the next book in this series will appear. The short answer is that I’m writing it right now! And it is called The Crooked Shore.

Alibis in the Archives

The historic and wonderfully atmospheric Gladstone’s Library sees the return of Alibis in the Archives from 19 to 21 June, celebrating the British Crime Writing Archives and crime writing heritage. Keep the dates free, and book early – it’s likely to be another sell-out!

Events, events, events

This year has brought various exciting invitations, and I’ll be attending festivals and other events at such splendid places as Colonsay, Hastings, the British Library, Chester, Newcastle, and York. Full details of my scheduled events are set out on the Events page on this website.


I’m very much looking forward to attending Bouchercon in Sacramento, where among other things I’ll be interviewing Anthony Horowitz.

The Golden Age of Murder

The Golden Age of Murder is due to be published in Chinese shortly.

Library events

I’ve arranged a host of library talks this year – details on the Events page.

The New Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes

My collection of Sherlock Holmes stories is available as an ebook on Amazon. As well as the stories, the book includes various articles and a splendid introduction by leading Sherlockian David Stuart Davies. I’ve also contributed an introduction to a handsome, slip-cased edition of a selection of Sherlock’s greateest cases, published by Arcturus.

TV, DVD and Film viewing

Films I’ve enjoyed recently include Escape Room, and several old movies which have cropped up on the Talking Pictures TV channel. I’ve also just binge-watched BBC’s The Capture, which was terrific.

New Reading

I’m currently reading Bill S. Ballinger’s enjoyable The Tooth and the Nail. Among the older novels I’ve read recently are Sudden Fear, by Edna Sherry, and The Lost Gallows by John Dickson Carr. “Forgotten books” feature on my blog each Friday.

True Crime

I’ve recently been approached to contribute to a US book of essays on true crime, and hope to deliver a manuscript if other commitments permit.

Collecting Crime Fiction

I’ve acquired several fascinating inscribed books, including an inscribed copy of E.C.R. Lorac’s rare mystery These Names Make Clues. Some of them will feature in the Friday’s Forgotten Book feature on my blog.

Writing about crime fiction

I’m currently working on an essay for an academic book about the genre. My subject is “Plotting”….


I’ve continued to revamp the site, and very much welcome any constructive suggestions from readers.