The Hell of Corporate Retreats

The Hell of Corporate Retreats

On paper it sounds great, doesn’t it? An all-expenses-paid trip somewhere nice, with a swanky hotel thrown in. Like a holiday really. A lovely, free holiday. The only catch is that it’s not technically a holiday…

The Pull of the Mountains

The Pull of the Mountains

I am not a sporty person and I don’t like anything physically competitive. Anything that ends up with you hot, sweaty, and at risk of physical injury is a hard no in my book. With one, inexplicable exception: skiing.

Why I Love Locked Room Mysteries

Why I Love Locked Room Mysteries

Of all the well-worn tropes of detective fiction, the one that I have the greatest weakness for, both as a reader and a writer, is the locked room mystery…

Inspired by Christie…

Inspired by Christie…

I can’t remember when I read my first Agatha Christie but I was not much older than twelve or thirteen, maybe even younger. I was immediately hooked…

Boarding School Stories

Boarding School Stories

‘The Lying Game’ tells the story of four women, now in their thirties, but held together by a terrible mistake they made back when they were at boarding school together.
I’m often asked whether I went to boarding school myself, and whether the setting is based on my own school days…

Hen Nights

Hen Nights

In a world where romance is always put above platonic love, a hen night is actually a lovely celebration to have…

Ships & the Sea

Ships & the Sea

One of my earliest memories – I’m still not completely certain if it’s a real memory, or a sort of composite of truth and nightmare – is of ships and the sea…

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