Capital Crime – New Voices Award 2019

It was late last night when I saw the tweet. And it was a nanosecond after that I leapt from my chair and fist-pumped. There may have been a shouted exclamation too. Nominee. . . sounds good, doesn’t it? And, in a double whammy, the title I voted for, “The Last Bird”, made it onto…

Capital Crime – New Voices Award

During the course of last week, I submitted the opening three chapters of my WIP (work in progress), “The Kerning”, to the Capital Crime New Voices Award. Voting for this award closed at midnight last night. I now eagerly await to hear if I have made the shortlist. The winner will be announced at the opening night…

A Criminally Bad Poem. (REVISED)

A criminally bad poem. (REVISED) Two ONE weeks today and I’m heading down To bustling ThatThereLondon town. Its streets will gleam, scrubbed free from grime, In celebration of the first @CapitalCrime A weekend of murder, death and sin, It’s plotted to be A. . . MAZ. . .ZING.   Stellar authors with their fictional veeps, Crime…

A Rubbish Poem #04.

(by Gavin Dimmock. July 30, 2019) **It’s Tuesday it’s “bin day”.**   A Rubbish Poem #04 Perched high atop the lumbering beast, he oversees The weekly feast, As down below, in dirty streets, his Hi-Viz crew Prepare the treats That the behemoth Chomps and chews and gnaws.   He watches as yellow vests feed the…

“A Book of Bones” by John Connolly (Charlie Parker #17)

I was delighted to be asked by Liz Mistry to review the latest Parker thriller on behalf of The Crime Warp. When Liz made the request, I almost bit her hand off in anticipation. Firstly, before I write my review, an admission. I am a fan of the aforementioned Charlie Parker novels and of John…

Titles…

After a brief dalliance with the title “Requital of Innocents” and following on from a very informative and illuminating writing course, my book (should it ever get finished!) will revert back to its original title. Welcome back “The Kerning“. The feedback received from my course tutors has given me the confidence to reinstate the themes…

“This Side of Night” by J. Todd Scott (Chris Cherry #03)

My review of “This Side of Night” by J. Todd Scott. (Brought to you by the letter S.) Seductive. Satisfying. Sassy. Scintillating. Scope. Seamless. Sensational. Sensitive. Sexy. Sharp. Significant. Skilled. Skilful. Super. Snappy. Soaring. Solid. Sound. Sparkling. Spectacular. Spellbinding. Spirited. Splendid. Standout. Statuesque. Smart. Strong. Stunning. Substantive. Successful. Sumptuous. Superior. Symphonic. (From GoodReads) The vicious…

My Top Reads of 2018

It’s 0800 on Monday 31st December. This time tomorrow we will be in a New Year. Or, Tuesday, if you prefer. EIther way, as 2018 draws to a close, I find that I have read 42 books this year. Not a huge number by any means – being part of GoodReads, I am aware of…

Herald. A Festive Tale.

  This is a short(ish) tale that I began to write a couple of weeks ago and then spent some of the intervening time tidying up and adding to. Whilst fictional, elements of it have been inspired by people, places and events, true to me. “Ingrebourne”, for example, was the telephone exchange area for my…

A Rubbish Poem #03. The CMBC choir.

(by Gavin Dimmock. December 4, 2018)   Eight fifteen on Tuesday’s chilly morn, Three weeks yet until the Saviour’s dawn. A feeble orange sun helps dispel the sheen Of frost that hides your frozen windscreen. With scratch and scrape, scrape and scratch You hurry to clear enough of a patch Of glass in which you…

“High White Sun” by J. Todd Scott. (Chris Cherry #02)

    My review of “High White Sun” by J. Todd Scott. (Brought to you by the letter T.) Tremendous. Thrilling. Tense. Terrific. Taut. Triumph. Triumphant. Titanic. Tough. Tenacious. Tight. Twisted. Tip-top. Tretis. Tantalising. Tender. Talented. Texas. Texan. Trilogy? (From GoodReads) In this fiery and violent new sequel to The Far Empty, even though Sheriff…