Short story award!

I’m thrilled to announce that my short story, titled Alys, has won a prize in this year’s Scarlet Stiletto competition, run by Sisters in Crime Australia. You can read it, and the other winning entries, as an e-book, The Fourteenth Cut, on Kindle and elsewhere.

Dark Deeds Down Under, Volume 1

Dark Deeds Down Under

Have a look at this anthology of crime short stories by some of Australia’s top writers. The stories are set in Australia and feature some of these writers’ best-loved characters. I must admit to a selfish reason for posting news of this anthology: ;it’s the first of three volumes and my story, featuring Sydney-based Jackie Rose, features in Volume 2.

Dark Deeds Down Under is edited by Craig Sisterton and published by Clan Destine Press. Available from Booktopia.


Murder, Mayhem and Long Dogs – and an excellent review of Present Tense!

The Crime Fiction Review Site, Murder, Mayhem and Long Dogs

The round-up of May reading in the Crime fiction site Murder, Mayhem and Long Dogs gives Present Tense a great rap and a four-star review, and puts it in great company. Read the review here:


Sherlock – upside down!


The Only One in the World is an anthology of stories imagining Sherlock Holmes and his off-sider, John Watson, in different places and times, even as different genders. My story, The Adventure of the Disappearing Village, is set in the world of folk-tale Chelm, in the nineteenth century. It presents Sherlock Holmes as a Jewish savant, a chochem. Sound crazy? Well…yes.  But perhaps this interview with editor Narelle Harris will explain things a bit more….and here’s what Narelle has to say about the story.


THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD: Sherlock Holmes (and Watson) – as you’ve never seen them before

Last year I was invited to submit a story for a new Sherlock Holmes anthology. The brief was to imagine Sherlock in another time, another gender, or another place.  The wait is nearly over – the book is coming out in April. It’s titled The Only One in the World, and here’s its cover.


What if Sherlock Holmes were Polish? What if he or John Watson were Indian or Irish or Australian or Japanese? How would their worlds look if one or both was from a completely different background?

In The Only One in the World, we asked a baker’s dozen of writers to answer these questions, and the marvellous results are adventures in Ancient Egypt, Viking Iceland, and 17th century England; in 19th century Ireland, Germany, and Poland; in South Africa of the 1970s and New Orleans of the 1920s; and in contemporary Australia, USA, Russia, India and Portugal.

My story is set in 19th Century Poland, and features a Jewish Sherlock…you can learn more about the book, and pre-order it, HERE