Movie news & a new month long chance to win signed copies of The Jerusalem Puzzle & The Istanbul Puzzle

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Competitions

Last month’s winner of a paperback copy of The Jerusalem Puzzle was Jamison Duncan. Please email me Jamison ( with your address! This month I am offering a free copy of The Jerusalem Puzzle & a unique advance reader copy of The Istanbul Puzzle, both signed, posted anywhere in the world. An exciting offer has come in from a Hollywood producer to make a movie of The Istanbul Puzzle, shooting to start within eighteen months, so I expect these signed...

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Action opening alternatives. What makes you read on? #2

Posted by on Nov 10, 2012 in On Writing

“I opened the door. The woman standing outside in the rain had a small black gun in her hand. It gleamed. She smiled, then put the gun to her forehead. I put my hand out to grab it.” (1) This is an action opening to a short story. I know not everyone likes a story to start with action, but many people do. The action mightn’t be about a gun though, It could be about something else: “I opened the door. The woman standing outside in the rain had an...

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Could Video Book Excerpts Help Us all Sell More Books?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in On Writing

Now! As you know I am an author of crime/mystery/adventure novels and a social media consultant. My second novel, The Jerusalem Puzzle, published by Harper Collins, is coming out December 3rd 2012 on ebook in English on and It will be out in paperback January 3rd 2013. and, I have created a 2 minute video with me narrating the first chapter of The Jerusalem Puzzle here. The style is a series of relevant images being panned across as I speak the...

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The Jerusalem Puzzle is Finished!

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in Mystery Novels, On Writing, The Jerusalem Puzzle

I delivered The Jerusalem Puzzle to Harper Collins in London last Monday, by email. I had finished it the previous Thursday. I spent most of last weekend doing one final edit. That was a hundred page a day edit. The kind of edit that drains something from you as you go on and on and on for endless hours each day. But I did it. And I’m glad I did it. There were logical errors, which you see better when reading through a novel fast. I fixed an issue in the middle about...

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Old Jerusalem, an ancient city in a modern age

Posted by on Feb 23, 2012 in Research, The Jerusalem Puzzle

Written February 2012 I am spending time in the old city of Jerusalem. If I stay here any longer I’ll probably have to apply for a resident’s permit. And as I am staying in East Jerusalem that may be tricky. My reason for being here, aside from the welcome sun, is to research the next stage of Sean and Isabel’s adventures. If you read The Istanbul Puzzle you’ll probably know that there are a few questions at the end still hanging. The Jerusalem...

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