Archive for the ‘Jubilee’ Tag

What is DI Crosier up to?

Answer: searching for an editor. He’s approached a few for samples of their work so, he said, “he can choose who to have mauling his words”. It’s a very sensitive issue for him, I’ve been warned, so I dare not say too much!

Not content with that, he’s casting around for book cover designers too.

He wants to have his novel Why? out as an eBook in October. ‘Why?’ I said, ‘what’s wrong with next year?’

‘Because it’s the 6oth anniversary of England’s worst train wreck,’ he reminded me. ‘There’s no way a publisher can respond in that time, even if they wanted too. But with the technology you have at your fingertips, well everything is possible.’

I was very impressed with his far-sightedness. After all, there’s Crosier bumbling about in 50s & 60s – when faxes hadn’t been invented, let alone iPads – yet he knows about eBooks; truly remarkable!

‘If the Queen is celebrating 1952,’ he banged on, ‘then so will I. And mark it with my book, to boot.’

Then he said, rather uncharacteristically I thought, ‘If the Queen wants to tour the nation doin’ her Jubilee thing, why don’t she run about with that Olympic thing?’

‘What Olympic thing?’

‘The candle,’ he says.

‘You mean torch. Well,’ I said, ‘at least she could set fire to your book with it,’ but I have to admit, that remark didn’t go down to well with Mr C.

He gets a bit protective about it between you and me. Not surprising really; he’s been at it for nearly three years, causing me to spend a small fortune on ink-jet cartridges.

What’s more, being an ambitious railway detective, he wants limited editions in print out in November/December, quote “in time for the Christmas rush!” Very ambitious I thought.

Not only that, he’s insisting I crack-on with marketing it too. Then he says, ‘If that er, Whots-his-name, you know, James bloke can run around the globe floggin’ his book, the least you can do for me, Ed, is write a few blogs for me.’


‘I lad, that’s ‘im.’

He doesn’t want much, does he? He’ll not give up, though he still can’t do it all himself. He’s got me working my backside off. Here’s how you can hep him, no ME!

Visit where you can find all the details. And there’s lots Perks there too for you to choose from, though between you and me, he said he wants to keep some for himself – cheeky monkey I told him.

Must get back to it, no rest for the wicked – that’s the villains in his damn book, not me. I’m ever so nice.


PS Now he’s wondering about another name change; Aftermath. That will be the forth title; oh God, when will he stop?


Want to be in my gang, sorry Crowd?

July already! Where does the time go? Time for my monthly blog. It’s rare for me to blog more often for two reasons. One I don’t want to be a pain in the neck – bombarding you with rubbish like, I had to take the cat to the vet yesterday to have a boil on its head lanced – and two, sometimes it’s difficult to write about something relevant to my writing. Writing a novel is a slow process. Well today there is some news, and it involves you too.

Crowd Funding.

I’ve ummed-and-arred about this for months. Should I, shouldn’t I? I decided to do it – thousands do, so why not me? So to cut to the chase, here’s the link for my campaign to raise funding to enable my debut novel professionally edited and have a graphic-artist design the eBook and print covers. If you know anyone who can do these, please let me know.

My target also includes the cost of printing a limited edition of hard and paper-back books for my supporters.

I’ll not take up any more of your time, so hop over to the Indiegogo page to see how, if you wish, you can help.

Or take a peek at the latest version of Chapter One from my debut novel Why? Why – Chapter One  Yes the working title has changed again. You might have known it as Crosier’s Progress, or Searching for Closure. But I listen to those who make constructive comments, so now it’s Why?

Thanks in advance,


Jubilees and Coronations

1952: Britain was still recovering from the second world war. Some foods were still on ration – it would be another year before sugar came off – though interestingly, fish and chips never were.

So imagine the grief felt by most of the nation when King George VI died. If that wasn’t enough, Britain’s worst peacetime rail disaster occurred  before the year was out.

I’d be almost four, when the first of these events took place;

  • Accession of Elizabeth II: 6th February 1952,
  • England’s worst train crash: 8th October 1952,
  • Coronation of Elizabeth II: on 2nd June 1953, which I just about remember watching on a tiny black and white television in some rich-person’s front room. I also remember the curb-stones being crayoned red, white and blue; I suppose I was much closer to them then. But I digress.

Now I don’t really believe in coincidences – yet, I’m managing to write a few into my crime novel – but isn’t it curious that the crash falls, almost to the day, exactly between the two royal events?

No, it’s not curious at all. It’s just how things worked out. But what is curious is that no one, no august body of crash investigators could say exactly why the crash occurred. True, the Ministry of Transport Report, released just 10 days after the Coronation, found the Perth train-crew were at fault, but could only surmise as to why: both the driver and fireman died.

Want some more coincidences? Three trains were involved in the crash of 60 years ago. The Perth sleeper service was hauled by a Coronation class locomotive, which ran into a stationary local service, and the third train was headed by a Jubilee class locomotive.  Stranger and stranger, eh?  And the other express locomotive involved: that was a Princess Royal Class named Princess Anne. Of course, all of these were designed and built long before the occasion of Elizabeth’s Jubilee being celebrated this week.

So what’s all this got to do with me? I’ll tell you.

My crime novel – working title Searching for Closure – tells a tale of mystery and murder, the inciting incident of which is the Harrow and Wealdstone disaster. Lorna, who loses relatives in the disaster, needs to know why it happened and seven years later discovers that D I Crosier had investigated what might have gone wrong.  Crosier is at a loss, just as everyone else was at the time, to answer her enquiry. But events spiral out of control and  …

Well that would be telling wouldn’t it, so you’d better get on the mailing list for updates.

Thanks for reading,