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Applause for The Order of Things

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 09:02
Immodest, I know....this from "Crime Review" The Order of Thingsby Graham Hurley Review Graham Hurley is one of the most reliable writers around – he rarelymisses his step and you’re pretty sure you’ll get a well-told andengrossing tale from him. The Order of Things is no exception.I’ve followed his books through from its days with bird-watching DI JoeFaraday on the mean streets of Portsmouth, through to the presentseries with DS Jimmy Suttle legging it down to Devon. And I’ll admit Iwas dubious about the spin-off to start with, as a good...

The Storm Monster

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 11:54
 Like the rest of the nation, my wife and I have become acutely weather-conscious.  We live by the sea on a bluff overlooking a view to die for.  The terraced house faces south-west across the bay and the weather rolls in day after day, a subject of endless fascination.  The play of shadow on the nearby ridge of hills.  A curtain of rain ahead of an approaching squall.  The startling burst of low sunshine minutes later.  Pretty phrases until we wake up – all too literally – to the realisation that something has gone profoundly wrong.  To die...

The Order of Things: the story so far

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 10:14
The latest Jimmy Suttle - The Order of Things - was published before Christmas.  Here's a taste of reader reaction to date... Norah Rothwell ( sent a message using the contact format Loved your Joe Faraday books and have just read the first Jimmy Suttle which I love just as much if not more. I know I'm late starting on them but now I can read a few one after the other. Thank you for hours of enjoyment. And hope you have a happy Christmas.Alan Wright ( sent a message using the contact form athttp...

Hasty PS

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 09:27
To anyone who turned up at Best Books last night for the launch of "The Order of Things", my huge apologies.  It is, of course, tonight (at 6.00pm) - and it was, of course, my fault for not including the date.  Senior moment.  Mea mucho culpa...

Happy Days

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 10:18
Last week saw a couple of library appearences at Fareham and Waterloovile.  Huge thanks to Lian Sills and the staffs at both libraries for the sell-out audiences.  The phrase "Audience Evaluation" strikes fear into the heart of any speaker but here's a selection Lian just sent me.  Happy Days.....‘A big thank you to Graham Hurley, both for the books and the interesting talk’‘A very fluent speaker’‘A great evening with a charming man’‘What an interesting evening! Graham spoke with such passion. Lovely evening’‘...

Scribe Outings

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 15:26
Here's three of upcoming dates when yours truly will be spreading the word. Tuesday 24th November at Hythe library.  That's in Waterside, west of Southampton.  7.30pm start - and I'll be talking about - guess what? - adventures in crime fiction.  Discounted books on sale afterwards.  Will sign anything, including live flesh... Friday 4th December, at the Naval Maritime Club in Portsmouth's Queen Street.  It's a lunch for the Pompey Pensioners Association, dear to my heart, organised by an old mate, Alan Burnett.  12.30pm will get you...

Launch Date for "The Order of Things"

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 15:56
The latest novel in the D/S Jimmy Suttle series, "The Order of Things", is scheduled for publication in hardback on Thursday 19th November.  Already, to my delight, Orion have ordered a second impression.As usual, in the the tradition of great send-offs, we shall be launching "The Order of Things" at Exmouth's leading book shop - the aptly named Best Books.  Owner Wendy Pilling, to whom I owe a huge debt of gratitude, will be our host for the evening.  The event kicks off at 6.00pm and everyone is do join us for drinks, home-made cakes, and...


Monday, November 2, 2015 - 14:43
Crime writers deal in dead bodies.  It comes with the territory.  In the course of conceiving sixteen crime novels I’ve had to imagine men, women and children shot, strangled, run over, asphyxiated, poisoned, disembowled, beheaded, tied to a railway line and cut in two, and burned to death.  But – outside a post-mortem – I’ve never seen a dead body in situ.  Until last month. An overcast day, the wind from the north, cold.  My son and I were setting off in pursuit of mackerel and sea bass from the dock here in Exmouth.  As we slipped...

Sins of the Father Close to Blast Off

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 13:57
"Sins of the Father", Book Three in the D/S Jimmy Suttle series, publishes on Thursday 20th November.   Here are some dates for your diaries.... Thursday 20th November:  official launch party.  "The Book Rest", 18 The Parade, Exmouth.  Everyone welcome. Monday 24th November:  book signing at Waterstones, Roman Gate, Exeter.  2.00 pm. Wednesday 26th November:  event and signing at Lymington Library, North Close, Lymington, Hants.  7.30 pm Thursday 27th November:  signing at Waterstones,  Commercial...

Devon launch for the new Jimmy Suttle

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 15:30
After last year's smash party for "Touching Distance", Wendy Pilling,  Exmouth's redoubtable bookseller, is once again hosting the launch of the third book in the series, "Sins of the Father".  Family, friends, neighbours, and anyone who wants to find out who murdered Rupert Moncrieff, are more than welcome to come along to Best Books, 18 The Parade, Exmouth on the evening of Thursday 20th November, between 18.00 and 20.00.  Cakes, nibbles, wine and beer.  Plus much laughter.