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CROCODILES AND GOOD INTENTIONS: further adventures of Lady Bag

August 4, 2018

Dear everyone,

I promised not to swamp you with newsletters but it seems Iíve managed to swamp you with silence.

However, this week my new book, the one and only sequel to the one and only 'Lady Bag', is now available online. The paperback may still take a little while to be delivered, but Amazon does list it as 'in stock'. The electronic version is ready to download Ė check your favoured retailer.

Itís called 'Crocodiles and Good Intentions'. Everyone knows that the road to hell is paved with good intentions and these are at the heart of the story. Lady Bag Ė keeping up her dialogues with her dog, Electra, and her enemy the Devil Ė has never needed a map when on her way to trouble. This time, though, a half-hearted promise to a fellow prisoner put her straight on the road to hell.

The Ďcrocodilesí is her metaphor for what can happen if you take the wrong partner to bed. So beware.

For some unexplained reason this book took forever to complte and then another age to get ready for English language readers. (Itís been out for nearly a year in German.) I can only say as an excuse that Iíve been having trouble, lately, with my eyes.

Last time, for 'Lady Bag', I drew the greyhound on the cover myself. This time I asked a young friend, Tristan Buckland (whoís just starting up as a designer), to have a go. It turned out to be his first professional assignment, but he understood the job perfectly and I was really happy with the result. The dog he photographed is my daughterís dog, Flo. My own photo of my daughter in profile, wearing my hat, is the image on the covers of the newish edition of the six Anna Lee books. I like to keep things in the family if I possibly can.

But never mind that Ė I keep on trucking. At the moment Iím working on something completely out of character. Itís a story about vampires, or is it vampirism? Even I donít know yet. Watch this space.

Selected Works

Don't judge a book by its cover, or a bag lady by her appearance. "I didn't always look like this," she says. "Being barmy doesn't mean I'm stupid." Lady Bag does have her problems - her close relationship with cheap red wine, for example. When she gets hammered she talks to her dog. When she's extra-hammered her dog talks to her. Guess who makes better sense. She and her greyhound, Electra, wander through the streets of London, seeing a Dickensian side of the capital city that's only visible to the homeless. Together they accept the kindness or unkindness of strangers with the same wry patience. Until, on one dreadful day, they meet the Devil outside the National Portrait Gallery.
All Birdie Walker wants is some justice for her husband, Jack. But since Jack was a rock star and the justice has to come from the music business, Birdie absolutely has to take some extreme measures.Click on the title for more information.
Short stories
All my short stories up to 2003 are in this collection. It includes two written specially. Click on the title for a bit about how I came to write short stories and more information.
The Anna Lee series
I wrote six novels about Anna Lee. Click on the titles for more information.
The Bucket Nut Trilogy
Professional wrestler Eva Wylie appeared in three novels in the '90s. Click on the titles for more information.
Other stand-alone novels
RIFT is set in the Ethiopia of the 1970s. BALLAD is the story of a girl with a miraculous musical talent. MISS TERRY is the story of what happens to someone who looks different from her neighbours when a grisly discovery is made. Click on the titles for more information.
The story collections I co-edited for Britain's Crime Writers' Association.
In the early '90s I helped edit these three books - aiming them to be more annuals than anthologies. They include many things we're proud to have published. Click on the titles for more information.