Click here to read true crime in Murder Most Victorian Learn more...Murder Most Victorian

And the winner is…

Hello from Somerset.

Where I’m still holed up in my writing cave, writing. I’ve been lucky, because none of my nearest, or dearest, has succumbed to this virus.  Not even the family’s great grandmother, due to celebrate her 90th birthday next month.

Believe me, I’ve been counting my blessings.

I’m extra excited just now, as Murder at the Gorge, the next Exham on Sea mystery, will be released on 17th November.

So, today, I can announce the long-awaited result of the competition to name the new Exham on Sea café.

Here’s a video of me, doing just that… (If it doesn’t play straight away, click the three little dots to download it.)

If you’d rather not watch the video, and who can blame you, I shall tell you the result right now.

The winning entry is…

The Crusts and Crumbs Café

That very clever name came from you, Spook, which I believe is a pseudonym. (If not, you may want to have words with your parents.)

Dear Spook, please email your actual real-life address to me, so I can make sure your winning paperback of Murder at the Gorge goes to the right place. I’d like, also, to put your name in the acknowledgements, so please tell me if you’re happy with that, and what name you’d like to use.

Thank you to everyone who sent an entry – over one hundred people entered! I loved many of your suggestions, and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t think of any of them!

Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of Murder at the Gorge – you don’t want to miss publication day, do you, and have all your neighbours reading the book before you?

Meanwhile, Happy Reading,


Sadly, no PS quotes from the grandchildren, this time, as I see less of them now that they’re at school, terrorising their long-suffering teachers.

Even Mr Five has survived his first three weeks in class, without being expelled. So far, so good…