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May 2018: Hello, spring!

Well, hello spring!

After what seems to have been the longest winter EVER, the sun is finally out, blossom blooming, and the birds are nesting.  The only drawback when the weather cheers up is that I’d rather be outside than in, so sitting at my computer becomes a bit of an effort. Today, for example, I’ve been out all morning, notebook in hand, and as usual when I’m walking, I’ve returned bursting with more ideas for my stand-alone.

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December 2017: Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Here are my top book picks…

Yippee! The eBook for Know Me Now is now out! And so far the reviews have been great, so I’m really pleased. It’s always a bit of a harrowing time until you get some feedback on a new book, and the relief at all those 4 and 5 star reviews has been massive, believe me.

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November 2017: Even villains like a bit of Christmas pudding…

Fancy getting ahead of the game? Grabbing a free, pre-publication copy of my new book Know Me Now?

Just go to NetGalley and in return for your free copy all you have to do is give it an honest review.  It doesn’t have to be an essay – I know how busy everyone is – but a line or two and a rating would be fantastic. I’d love to know what you think!

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October 2017: Inspiration and interviews…

Where did the month go?! It feels like yesterday that I last blogged but it’s been four weeks! What on earth has been going on?!

My time seems to have been gobbled up by firstly, the copy-edit of Know Me Now, where we try and make sure the story’s continuity is absolutely unassailable along with checking and double-checking that any facts quoted are correct, for example that an old Land Rover’s windows slide open rather than being wound down with a handle.

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‘Spare Me The Truth’ long-listed for Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel


I’m thrilled to find out that my novel Spare Me The Truth, the first in the Dan Forrester series, has been long-listed for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel!

The award is now in its seventh year and recognises “the best in New Zealand crime fiction”, writes The Spinoff – wow! I’m very honoured to be standing alongside such brilliant talent, particular congratulations to Fiona Sussman and Ben Sanders, fellows at Allen and Unwin NZ.

Longlist entry: Spare Me The Truth by CJ Carver (Bonnier Zaffre): Dan Forrester is struggling to adjust to the gaps in his memory following the death of his son. After a stranger approaches him saying most of what he thinks about his life is a lie, Forrester gets caught up in a conspiracy, alongside a blackmailed woman and a disgraced female cop exiled to the rural backblocks. “It takes all sorts of wild leaps – terrorism, pharmaceutical experimentation – and lands soundly,” ruled ye judges.

The other long-listed books are:

  • Dead Lemons by Finn Bell
  • Pancake Money by Finn Bell
  • Spare Me The Truth by CJ Carver (Bonnie Zaffre)
  • Red Herring by Jonothan Cullinane (HarperCollins)
  • The Revelations of Carey Ravine by Debra Daley (Quercus)
  • The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton by Katherine Hayton
  • Presumed Guilty by Mark McGinn (Merlot Publishing)
  • Marshall’s Law by Ben Sanders (Allen & Unwin)
  • A Straits Settlement by Brian Stoddart (Crime Wave Press)
  • The Last Time We Spoke by Fiona Sussman (Allison & Busby)

The longlist is currently being considered by a panel of seven crime fiction experts from five countries. The finalists will be announced in August, along with the finalists for the best first novel and best true-crime categories. The winners will be announced at a WORD Christchurch event in October.