My novels

The Silence

My second novel is scheduled for publication in June. It’s currently in the hands of the editor – nervous times!


Here’s the pre-edited blurb

GP Abby Fenton has a rewarding career, loving husband, two adorable children – and a secret that could destroy everything. When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an idyllic Tuscan villa she is forced to confront her hitherto repressed memories and relive the summer she spent at the villa as a teenager – a summer that ended in tragedy…

A reader who appraised an early draft for me described it as ‘Ian McEwan meets Barbara Vine’ which I’m very happy about!

Why I wrote it

Quite simply I wrote the book I wanted to read. I’ve always been fascinated by old houses and the secrets they hold. I’ve lived in Italy and have had a house in Tuscany for many years which I escape to whenever I can. The story is set in a fictional village. I love the multi-layered history of many Tuscan villages and the way that breathtaking beauty sometimes masks a brutal history. Our house is very different from Villa Leonida – for one thing we haven’t found any skeletons there but one was found at a house not far from us which gave me the idea for the story.

My plan is to write a series of Villa Leonida novels, each revealing a different secret. I am writing the second one which uncovers a wartime secret.


Lies, Mistakes and Misunderstandings

My debut novel Lies, Mistakes and Misunderstandings published by Crooked Cat is now on sale as an ebook and in paperback

ISBN 9781911381297

What people have been saying about it:

I’m so grateful to everyone who has taken the trouble to leave a review – twelve out of twelve 5 stars so far on and

“What a fantastic book. I sort of fell in love with Jack.”

“If you’re looking for an intriguing read you won’t want to put down this is the book for you!”

“Sharp and intelligent prose that keeps you on the edge of your seat.”

“I would recommend this novel to everybody, especially those who are interested in mystery novels.”

“Gripping from start to finish.”

“A winner!”

“Loved it. Would definitely recommend it.”

“Intriguing mystery and vivid description with a great surprise ending.”

“Great debut – I look forward to the author’s next book!”

“A riveting and rewarding read”

“I couldn’t put it down, I was so engrossed”

“Complex and intriguing. I want to read it again!”

Here’s the blurb

It’s 1931. Not much has gone right for Jack since he left Cambridge last year. His career has failed to take off, his girlfriend has ditched him for someone with better prospects and he’s now received an invitation to their wedding. He dreads having to go there alone so when a beautiful girl he meets by chance offers to accompany him, he believes he has found the answer to his prayers. But by accepting her offer he finds himself drawn into a world of intrigue and murder…

Why I wrote it

I’ve written non-fiction for nearly three decades as a journalist and magazine editor but creative writing has always been my guilty secret. A couple of years ago I made the decision there was little point writing if no one was ever going to read what I’d written, however bad it was, so I set out to brave the rejections. I wrote some short stories which have been published in magazines and then embarked on a novel that had been going round in my head for a decade, sparked by a true story my grandmother told me. Once I started writing, however, it took on a life of its own.