It promises to be a busy autumn, with three books appearing in just two months. The first is The Year of the Gun, the second – and probably last – appearance of Lottie Armstrong. I’d originally planned just one book about her, but she was one of those characters who refused to let me go, so I picked up the traces of her life 20 years later, during World War II.
In October, the final books of the Chesterfield series, The Holywell Dead, will be published. And then, at the end of the month, the return of Richard Nottingham after more than four years in Free From All Danger. That feels like a big event for me, discovering what Richard’s life is like after he retired as Constable of Leeds…
Dark Briggate Blues and its sequel, The New Eastgate Swing, look at Leeds in the 1950s through the eyes of enquiry agent Dan Markham. Modern Crimes is the fictional tale of Leeds’ first policewoman, Lottie Armstrong, who discovers that initiative often doesn’t sit well with her male colleagues. The Crooked Spire and The Saltergate Psalter have very different settings – Chesterfield in the 1360s. Leeds, The Biography: A History of Leeds in Short Stories,, published by local Armley Press, is my first non-crime book.
I blog on the website regularly, plenty of stories and Leeds history. Do take a look. Leeds is a bloody great place, and I love it.