Welcome to my website now that summer is drawing to a close here in the UK. We’ve had a heatwave this year, with temperatures that would have made even the Ancient Romans feel at home. It’s cooled off a little now, and we’re back to more typically British weather, with cloudy days, autumn winds, and rain mixed with the sunshine. Never mind; whether you’re catching the last of the sun or sheltering from the elements indoors, it’s the perfect season for reading mystery and crime books. And if you folks in the southern hemisphere are feeling the winter blues, a good read will soon cheer you up.
My Aurelia Marcella novels tell of life and death in first-century Roman Britain. The turbulent province of Britannia on the very edge of the Roman Empire makes a good background for murder and mayhem. They all feature innkeeper Aurelia as a reluctant sleuth.
They are published in the USA and Canada by Poisoned Pen Press and in the UK, Australia and New Zealand by Head of Zeus. They are available in print and as ebooks: the choice is yours. You can buy them individually in all ebook formats, and there’s a box set of the first three of Aurelia’s adventures in a single ebook collection, published by Head of Zeus in London.
In SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT, the first in the sequence, we learn how Aurelia was originally drawn into solving crimes, and the danger she found herself in as a result. We meet her family at their mansio (inn) near York, and encounter the varied mixture of people who live in northern Britannia: Roman settlers and soldiers, native British tribesmen, some friendly and some hostile…and of course several characters who are not at all what they seem. SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT is published in hardback, trade paperback and all formats of ebook in the UK. The paperback isn’t as widely distributed here as the hardback, but you can order it from your favourite bookshop, or better still, buy signed copies from my website. Full details are on my Signed Books page. Whet your appetite by reading the book’s first few pages.
UK print versions of the later Aurelia books aren’t out yet, but all of them will continue to be published in the USA by Poisoned Pen Press, and available for UK readers from on-line bookstores, or you can buy signed copies from my Signed Books page. And if you like to read by listening, the first three in the series are available as MP3 audiobooks from this website.
I also have some short stories published in anthologies, and I’m in stellar company. Short mysteries are a wonderful way to sample the work of writers you haven’t read before, and of course writers you already know and want to read again.
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