Thanks to everyone who came to Grays Court, and Waterstones (York) for the launch of Deadly Diplomacy; it was great to see so many of you at the Duncombe Park Xmas Fair too!

Lovely stately home and lovely event. And thanks to Sandy and the team at Malton Library for hosting my talk last Friday evening.

I’m happy with the enthusiastic response to my debut novel; and the great reviews:

Here’s latest from

“Deadly Diplomacy gripped me from page one and made me want to carry on reading until all was revealed. On top of that, the insider knowledge that provides the backdrop for the storyline means that a genuine insight into the world of international diplomacy suffuses the whole book. Jess Turner is a believable character with her own troubles and secrets that are slowly revealed as the story moves on. She is a tough, independent woman, with a warmth and sensitivity that makes her both engaging and likeable. I look forward to her next encounter with the law. DI Sangster is also his own man with a thirst for the truth, and Harrod definitely makes this partnership work very well. The compelling nature of the story meant that I became completely absorbed in Harrod’s story. What else do you want from a good detective novel.

Highly recommended!”

I was especially pleased to be reviewed by the ‘Crimesquad’ alongside such greats as Val McDermid and Andrew Marr. What an honour!

Great review too from UK politicians, experienced in Foreign Affairs:

“A tour de force… gripping from start to finish” (The Lord Goodlad).

“A cracking good read! A fast paced first novel with fascinating characters and written with all the authority of a seasoned diplomat. Also a great read for Australia lovers, and excellent pen portrait.
Can’t wait for the next book!” (Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke)

Talking of the next novel; it’s well on the way!