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



Crime Fiction – South African Style


My crime novel, Present Tense, is set in Cape Town, South Africa. Since it was published, many readers have wanted to know more about crime fiction in that country, and asked me to recommend some good crime novels set there. So here’s a brief rundown, and pointers to some absolutely wonderful South African crime writers.

Like Australia, South Africa has a long tradition of crime writing, going back to the late nineteenth century. During apartheid (1948 – 1994) the country produced little crime fiction but after apartheid ended the genre took off and today crime fiction is very popular. Here are ten of my favourite South African crime writers, not in any particular order:



I am thrilled to announce that Present Tense has won the 2020 Ned Kelly award for best debut crime novel. These awards (we call them the Neddies) are given by the Australian Crime Writers Association. Here’s the announcement:

Along with being shortlisted for the Davitt Awards, that makes for some ritzy stickers on the cover.