I had a great night on Wednesday night at Hayling Island's Women's Institute meeting where I gave a talk on my marine mystery crime novels. About forty ladies were present and made me very welcome indeed. They also allowed my husband, Bob, into the meeting as my official photographer and bouncer. Not that I needed a bouncer on this occasion. All were very friendly and bought lots of books, for which I thank them. I already had some readers in the audience so that was nice, and it was good to have their feedback. And in case you're getting the wrong idea about me I don't actually need a bouncer, I'm not getting mobbed by the masses, yet...!
Though perhaps if the success of Read An E Book Week continues, and the new readers of my marine mysteries enjoy their free copy of Tide of Death (until 14 March) so much so that they rush out and buy the rest of the series, either in e book format or printed format, then who knows. Read An E Book Week has now finished and my official web site saw a 392.8% increase in traffic. You can read about my books and my crime and thriller novels including Tide of Death there.

I'm on the radio this afternoon so must dash soon and prepare for it. I shall be on the Mike Powell show on BBC Radio Solent some time around 16.15 I think, talking about my attempts to get the unsolved murder of my great aunt re-examined by the police.

Finally a sad piece of news. I would like to pay tribute to Hilary Waugh - the pioneer of the police procedural novel.

"Although he did not invent the police-procedural novel, Hillary Waugh, who has died aged 88, defined this sub-genre of the detective story, in which the puzzle of the criminal's identity is sublimated to the unfolding police work. Waugh's 1952 novel Last Seen Wearing is generally considered the finest early example of the police procedural; the British critic Julian Symons included it in his list of the 100 greatest crime novels, on Raymond Chandler's recommendation..."

Click on the link below to read the full obituary on the Guardian.

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