Scandal and Gossip

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New Release — A Question of Inheritance is out now.

This is the second book in the Very English Mysteries series, following the Amazon bestselling British historical mystery A Man of Some Repute, and the novella A Youthful Indiscretion.


December 1953

Hugo Hawksworth is on the tail of rogue Cold War agents at a top-secret government facility, while back home at Selchester Castle they’re awaiting the arrival of the new Earl—an American, the long-lost son of the murdered Lord Selchester.

The town of Selchester, rich in scandal and gossip, is unsure what to make of the Earl or his teenage daughters, but they know that his sharp-tongued half-sister, Lady Sonia, furious at being deprived of her inheritance, won’t be a merry guest over Christmas.

The new Lord Selchester can cope with the strangeness of English country life, but he hadn’t expected stolen paintings—or a body in the hothouse.

What’s the link between Hugo’s investigations and the suspicious goings-on in the town and at the Castle? And will he and his allies get to the heart of the mystery before the murderer gets to them?


Read it on Kindle at Amazon UK or Amazon US.




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wordle 9A bed of roses… Or a bed of nails?

60% of people polled by YouGov put ‘Author’ as most desirable way to earn a living.

But what’s being an author really like?

Come and find out on March 28th, when, as part of the Oxford Literary Festival, novelists Elizabeth Edmondson and Juliet McKenna tell you the truth about the writing life, from traditional publishing to ebooks, from self-publishing to being a hybrid author.

Surviving the rough seas and rocky shores of 21st century writing

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book-genreOxford Literary Festival, 29 March 2014

Elizabeth Edmondson, supporting the motion.

To begin with, I dislike both these terms. Genre fiction is a nasty neologism – when did genre turn into an adjective?

I object to the term literary fiction for a different reason. It’s weasel-wording, in that it conflates lit fic with literature. It was clever, clever marketing by publishers and academics to set certain contemporary fiction apart and declare it Literature – and therefore Important, Art and somehow better than other writing. Read More