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A bit about me… Frances cropped
I write mystery stories: the Exham on Sea contemporary crime series set in a small Somerset seaside town, and the Thatcham Hall Mysteries, 19th Century historical mystery romances set in Victorian England.

When I’m not writing, I collect grandsons, Victorian ancestors and historical trivia, like to smell the roses, lavender and rosemary, and cook with a glass of wine in one hand and a bunch of chillies in the other. I love the Arctic Circle and the equator and plan to visit the penguins at the South Pole one day, when I’ve knitted enough woollen underwear.

I’ve been many things, from a speech therapist to a road sweeper.  Recently, I spent a few years working in the criminal courts, seeing the world from both the dock and the witness box alongside vulnerable witnesses and defendants. Now, I walk in the country and breathe sea air in Somerset.

Why I write… 
There was once a teenager who stopped reading. The computer became his friend. He spent hours, fingers on keyboard, eyes glued to screen, clicking around the web or playing games. He was perfectly happy. How could he know he was missing out on one of life’s richest pleasures?

Just around that time, J K Rowling brought out another Harry Potter story. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; the fourth or fifth of the series. When the teenager came home from school one day, he found a copy on his bed.

He loved every word, went back to the beginning of the series and read each book in order.

That teenager was my son. I forgot all about that day until, fifteen years later, he reminded me. He reads for pleasure every day, now.

Yes, it brought a tear to my crotchety old eye. That’s the power of the right book. It changes your life.

That’s why I write.

My books…
Love Agatha Christie, cosy crime, clever pets, cake and chocolate?

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Feast your little grey cells on Murder at the Lighthouse, Murder on the Levels, and Murder on the Tor, small town murder mysteries set in Exham on Sea, a seaside resort in Somerset, in England’s West Country.

Intrigued by Gothic Victorian mystery?

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Enjoy secrets, lies, murders and mystery at Thatcham Hall, a grand country house set in the green, rolling hills of Victorian England.

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12 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Please write more Exham on the Sea mysteries. The characters are wonderful and their stories need to be told! Thank you.

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  2. Thanks, Paula, for your lovely comment and for taking the time to let me know you enjoyed the story. Nothing makes me happier!

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  3. I’m not sure how I found your book, Murder at the Lighthouse but I found it just up my street,, I enjoyed the characters and the animals which makes up the stories they let your imagination work wonders.. just started your second book…Exham sounds a nice place to live…

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  4. Joyce and Midge, Thank you both so much for your comments. I’m thrilled that you’ve been enjoying the Exham on Sea mysteries. I love writing them – and Book Four will be ready soon…

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  5. Just finished the first 3 books be disappointed that the next isn’t yet out. A lovely cosy book set in a beautiful part of the world. Libby and Max have a wonderful partnership.

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  6. Betty, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the books. As an author, I simply love hearing from readers, and I’m very grateful when you take the time to let me know you’ve had fun reading about Libby (and Bear) in Exham on Sea. I love writing the stories, and number four will be published soon…

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