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Classic crime fiction in its vibrant variations is my passion and I am keen to promote how diverse crime writing was from the mid-2oth century. This is reflected in the articles I have written for Crime and Detection Magazine (CADs), as well as in the many posts I have put up on my blog: www.crossexaminingcrime.com. Furthermore, I contributed a chapter on Juanita Sheridan’s female sleuth Lily Wu to the book 100 Greatest Literary Detectives (2018). Give yourself a pat on the back if you have heard of her!
If you are a fan of the British Library Crime Classics series then you might have noticed the two puzzle books I created to accompany the series: Pocket Detective and Pocket Detective 2.
Writing about classic crime fiction has been a real lifeline for me, as although my university background is in English Literature and Teaching, multiple health conditions have prevented me from pursuing this career path. Reading and writing about what I have read in the genre, started out as a reason for getting out of bed in the morning, but has grown into something much more and has introduced me to a host of wonderful people who enjoy classic crime.
I am based in the North of England and would really love to see more classic crime events being set up here.
Another big interest in my life is animals and I have a cat (suitably named Agatha) and speciality breed chickens. In 2021 I gave a talk at the International Agatha Christie Festival on how animals are used in classic crime fiction as well as looking at the pets real authors from the time had.