Unfinished Sympathy

Mystery, suspense, blackmail and scandal in 1908 New York…

To live for you, to die for you…

Searching for his long lost love, reluctant time traveler Mitch finds himself in 1908 New York, caught up in a dark case of blackmail and secrets with famous composer Gustav Mahler and his wife Alma.

Investigating a mysterious threatening letter, Mitch must walk two contrasting worlds: uptown high society where opera-loving millionaires plot and scheme, and downtown ghettos where Jewish mobsters battle Chinatown gangsters for control of jazz clubs and nickelodeons.

Featuring a teenage Irving Berlin, jazz pioneer James Reese Europe, a young Duke Ellington, corrupt police chief Charles Becker, and notorious gangsters Big Jack Zelig and Mock Duck, Unfinished Sympathy is a gripping thriller of murder, blackmail, adultery and scandal set in the last days of New York’s Gilded Age.

The Ghosts of Paradise Place

Katherine Bright’s first timeslip

A Touchstone Origins novella

The dark anti-heroine of the bestselling time travel saga gets her own personal origin story in this novella that reveals how she first found her touchstone.

Taking up her new job at Birmingham Central Library, Kath Bright is haunted by sinister occurrences in the modernist concrete complex.

It’s 2008 and Kath is recovering from a failed relationship while Britain slides into its first credit crunch Christmas. But money and love troubles are not Kath’s only concern as she uncovers a chilling tale of witch hunts and a Victorian murder mystery from the archives.
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The perfect book launch – Bright Star Rising over the Dovecote

You can’t fail to have noticed that the next book in the Touchstone saga is out this summer – BRIGHT STAR RISING – where Buffalo Bill meets the Peaky Blinders and the Wild West spills out onto the streets of Victorian Birmingham.

Thinking of how to do something different with the launch, I hit on the idea of a location from the book. Getting 100 Lakota braves to ride down New Street (as Buffalo Bill did in 1887) was a bit beyond my budget, but what if I could stage a launch event somewhere more achievable, like St Mary’s churchyard, or… well, look at that… how about the Moseley Dovecote?

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Bright Star Rising

The time travel saga meets Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show…

Something wild is coming to town…

1887. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show comes to Birmingham, and with it, Katherine Bright Star Falling, the mysterious white woman who lived with the Lakota Native Americans for a decade. A woman with a lost past and dark magic.

Escaping the show, she makes her way across the city to the mysterious dovecote of her visions: the key to her lost identity and perhaps the gateway to her forgotten life. But the city’s lawless police force, a zealous Pinkerton agent, and Birmingham’s notorious cutthroat gang, the Peaky Blinders, will stop at nothing to claim the price on her head.

In a gripping climax, the Wild West spills onto the streets of Birmingham, with cowboys and Indians, police and thieves on the hunt. Can Katherine find her way home and recover her true identity? And if she does, can she face the evil truth of her past?

Weaving an alternate reality around Buffalo Bill’s historic trip to Britain, Bright Star Rising blends fact and fantasy in this latest thrilling instalment of the Touchstone time travel saga.

You can buy it for your Kindle at: Amazon.co.uk    Amazon.com and at Amazon Kindle stores around the world.

Bright Star Falling

Continuing the Touchstone saga, following on from the mysterious events at the end of Touchstone (6. Fade to Grey) … Kath Bright plunges from the sky onto the Montana plains in 1874, is taken in by Sitting Bull’s tribe and named Bright Star Falling.

Torn between dark dreams of the past and bloody visions of the future, might she be the spirit whose re-appearance spells the end of the Lakota people?

From the Battle of the Little Bighorn to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, from Wounded Knee to the sidewalks of New York, Bright Star Falling is an epic journey through the West, a sweeping historical fantasy of life on the plains, and one woman’s desperate, bloody struggle to find a way home.

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Amazon.co.uk  and  Amazon.com

 

The Touchstone saga goes into the West

This weekend saw the launch of the latest novel in the Touchstone series. Bright Star Falling picks up Kath Bright’s story following the mysterious events at the end of Touchstone (6. Fade to Grey)

And it’s a major departure from previous Touchstone stories, all of which have been located in Birmingham, UK. The series so far has pretty much been a whistle stop time travel tour of Birmingham’s history over the last 130 years.

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The Mystery of the Missing Author – and how I tracked him down 20 years after he disappeared

Blood-Libel-paperback-cover-6-3D-smallThis week I published a new novel. Nothing unusual in that, but this one’s a bit different.

First, it’s not a new novel — it’s about 25 years old. Second, it’s not by me. Third, it’s by a writer who went missing for twenty years and who still remains something of an enigma.

The tale of how I tracked down Chuck Loyola is almost as mysterious as the brooding, dark, angry, noir-ish novel, Blood Libel, itself.  Almost, but not quite. But as publishing stories go, it has a few twists and turns and a whiff of mystery. Continue reading