October 13, 2014


Those readers who have already downloaded Landscape of Lies will know that the protagonist, London-based investigative journalist Alice Myers, has entered the secluded world of Derbyshire’s Peak District, an area of isolated farms, close-knit villages and festering secrets, at the invitation of DI Neil Hunter, who is soon investigating deaths that look increasingly like murder.

All the deaths seem linked to a serial killer, now serving a life sentence. A cat-and-mouse game unfolds for both Neil and Alice. Is a copycat at large? Who will be the next victim? And … Well, you really don’t want a spoiler!

But what I can reveal is the background to the novel and its inspiration: the Peak District National Park – and the main locations depicted in it.

                                    So, follow Alice’s journey – as ‘seen’ through her eyes:                
                   The countryside near Neil’s cottage in Danebridge: the Dane 
             Valley with Shutlingsloe (the Cheshire Matterhorn) in the background                            

                                         The River Dane at Danebridge

                                      Locations of suspicious deaths:

        Chelmorton - one of the highest villages not only in Derbyshire but England
                                  Youlgrave - mentioned in the Domesday book
                           as belonging to Henry de Ferrers and worth 16 shillings

                                Buxton together with its Spa and Crescent

                                                    Opera House

                                                Pavilion Gardens

                                             And King’s Head pub

                                            Other places Alice will have visited during her stay:


                                                     Matlock Bath

                                        Matlock High Tor and Dale


                    Not forgetting the Peak District’s treacherous Snake Pass

                                      The Roaches and Hen Cloud

                      And the unforgettable, unforgiving Froggatt Edge ...

                                        The Head, Froggatt Edge, winter


June 4, 2014



Dear readers, this week, C is for the Chelsea Flower Show, May 2014                                              

Even if, like me, you prefer admiring the efforts of others doing the gardening, there’s always something to catch your eye at Chelsea. Here are a few shots from the recent show:

Cactus display:

Rebutia Krainziana

Bulbs in bloom

Brunsvigia orientalis

Protea 'Little Prince'

                          And some of the model gardens:

Renaisssance Garden

Rose Garden

Country Garden

Seaside Garden

And, finally, thank you to all our dear readers who visited, commented or are new followers.



May 28, 2014


Dear readers, this week, B is for Barcelona, Spain (seen from hotel, above) ...    

According to the recent annual Cities Survey from TripAdvisor, which collates the opinions of more than 54,000 travellers to the top 37 urban tourist destinations around the world, Barcelona came #3 in the 'overall experience' category. What's your favorite (vacation) destination?
                            So much to see here, both ancient and modern. 
                            One moment, you’re walking in Picasso’s footsteps
                            through medieval streets:

                                  Not forgetting the famous La Rambla

                 And then you’re confronted with such modernist wonders as these:

                                                        La Sagrada

                                                and these buildings:

And, finally, thank you to all our dear readers who visited, commented or are new followers.