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Friday, 16 February 2018

Visit to Forget-me-not Toys and Books

On Saturday 17th February I will be at Forget-me-not Toys and Books in Culcheth. Please come along and say hello.
I'll be there from 10.30 am until 2pm

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Mary, Maisie and the Missing Master Chef / Conflict at Cockleshore Castle

Mary and Maisie have been cooking for a long time - over 350 years! They're both ghosts at Cockleshore Castle where they haunt and entertain the visitors together with their ghostly friends.
When a famous master chef holds a cookery course at Cockleshore's Grand Hotel, Mary sees the opportunity to spice up her menu. While she sneaks in to learn some new recipes, Maisie makes friends with Charlie, the master chef's daughter. At first things seem to be going well, but a series of fishy events mean that  the cookery course could be a recipe for disaster...

When you've finished this exciting story, just flip the book over for the concluding part of the 'Ghosts of Cockleshore Castle' series : Conflict at Cockleshore Castle.

There's trouble at Cockleshore Castle and it looks like sabotage. But why? The ghosts are determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. Septimus, Edward and Horace discover the truth : the sabotage means that the castle could be sold to Elmer J. Wutherington who has horrible plans for it - and for the ghosts. What will become of them?
With the help of friends they've made, they hatch a plan to thwart Wutherington... but will they be able to save the Cockleshore Castle? 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Horace and the Stowaway / Edward and the Book Crooks

Horace has been a ghost for over 400 years and he haunts the castle at Cockleshore Bay with is ghostly friends.The only thing is - he misses the sea.
One day, Horace goes to explore one of the ships that visits the bay but accidentally ends up on a cruise! Soon, Horace discovers he isn't the only stowaway on board, and with the help of his new friend William, sets out to discover what this mysterious stowaway is up to...

When you've finished this exciting story, just flip the book over to enjoy Edward and the Book Crooks

Together with his ghostly friends, Edward, the librarian,
entertains (and scares!) the tourists at Cockleshore Castle.
One day he notices tourists behaving suspiciously in the library, and with the help of his new friend, Hannah, decides to investigate. It turns out that they're book crooks and it's up to Edward to stop them...

Septimus Smythe and the Spectre Detectors

Septimus Smythe is a ghost with a problem. he is the star attraction at the castle where he haunts, but lately, things haven't been going too well for him. He's been getting stuck in walls, reappearing at the wrong time and removing his head has been getting harder and harder!
The other ghosts decide that Septimus needs a holiday to rest and recover. With the help of his new friend, Jack, Septimus is getting better and better at haunting. But then the Spectre Detectors arrive and threaten everything...

Monday, 5 February 2018

The Ghosts of Cockleshore Castle

Five stories in three books telling of the adventures of the ghosts who haunt Cockleshore Castle. Read about -
1. Septimus who loses his haunting skills and goes on a working holiday to recover. What will he do when the Spectre Detectors arrive?

2.Horace, the shipwrecked sailor who ends up on a cruise to Majorca and solves a mystery.
3.Edward the ghostly librarian who calls on the other ghosts to help him scare some thieves.

4.Mary and Maisie, the cook and the kitchen maid who go off on a cookery course to find some new recipes and encounter some fishy goings on.
5.Elmer J Wutherington who has evil plans for the ghosts and the castle. Will Septimus and his friends survive?

Further Adventures of William and Thomas

'Back at the Manor...'

William and Thomas are at it again - solving crimes, uncovering mysteries and munching their way through a seemingly endless supply of Ginger Nuts!

What is the true meaning of the secret message?                 
Who has stashed a locked trunk in the old shed? What's inside?
Who is stealing pedigree dogs?
How will William and Thomas survive their adventure in a runaway balloon?

Can you help them with their crazy enquiries?

Sunday, 4 February 2018

A Ghost Detective

'I'm William and I'm wearing these clothes because I was a night watchman at the time of Good Queen Bess. I'm a ghost you see!'

With his young friend Thomas and a great detective for inspiration, William sets out to investigate mysterious happenings in and around Hardleigh Manor, all with a little help from his readers...

Can William stop the bicycle thief? Who is causing the sabotage at  Hardleigh Hotel? Floods, false trails, enormous exploding marrows and suspects upended in pig swill - all in a day's work for William!

Loaded with clue summaries, suspect lists and lots of action, readers can pitch in with the detective work and help William and Thomas in their efforts to become great detectives.

Friday, 2 February 2018


I have received quite a number of enquiries from my loyal supporters who would like to know when I might be visiting their local Waterstones store next.
I've spent many an enjoyable Saturday in Waterstones, promoting my books and chatting to children about other books they enjoy. (I'm not precious about mine!). They talk to me about their own writing too.
Well, I'm afraid that for the foreseeable future it has to stop. Waterstones has changed their policy. They will be having different events that don't include people like me.
So thank you everyone for the happy times.
. My books are still available to buy/order at Waterstones so I hope you will continue to support me.