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A darkly comic farce about a murder at a murder mystery festival

‘Stevyn Colgan bestrides the territory of English rural comedy, one foot on the throat of Joanna Trollope, the other knocking the bonnet of Miss Marple off her silver head.’ - STEPHEN FRY


How do you solve a murder when hundreds of wannabe detectives all have the same goal?

Every year, fans from all over the world descend upon a tiny picturesque English village to celebrate the life of the enigmatic author Agnes Crabbe and her fictional lady detective, Miss Millicent Cutter.

Crabbe fans are quite obsessive; the majority turn up to the festival dressed as Miss Cutter. Spats between rival fan clubs are not uncommon. But when one of the most prominent superfans is murdered on the first day of the festival, the police find themselves trying to solve a crime in which the victim, witnesses, almost everyone in the village, and even the murderer, are all dressed as Miss Cutter. And most of them are also trying to solve the murder …

In this darkly comic farce, the worlds of classic detective fiction and real-life homicide investigation come crashing together with hilarious and occasionally messy results.

Stevyn Colgan spent 30 years as a police officer. But now he’s one of the writers of the award-winning TV show QI and its sister show on BBC Radio 4, The Museum of Curiosity. In A Murder To Die For, he brings his sense of humour and his policing experience together to create something that is definitely not your average murder mystery.

Savidge didn’t start the fight, at least not directly. The first sputtering fuse had actually been lit by a sozzled member of the late Denise Hatman-Temples’ Agnes Crabbe Society suggesting to an equally intoxicated member of the equally late Gaynor Nithercott’s Agnes Crabbe Book Club that the latter was responsible for the death of the former.

“Why was she still driving?” snapped the lady from the Agnes Crabbe Society. “She was nearly blind for goodness’ sake.”

“Her eyesight was obviously good enough for the DVLA”, said the lady from the Agnes Crabbe Book Club.

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Time for an Update

Thursday, 27 April 2017

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Hello murder lovers.

It's been a little while since I posted an update so here we go ...

The book has now been structurally edited and copyedited. I'm just awaiting the copyedit to come back to me for final approval and then it's off to the proofreader for a final check over. Then the typesetter will get their mitts on it and the book will start to look like a book. The cover, meanwhile, is…

April Update

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Hello m'lovelies. Can I call you shedfolk any more when ths is no longer called a shed? Probably not. The new Unbound website design is pretty good though isn't it?

So, here's a quick update on the book.

The cover has been designed - I've seen Neil Gower's sketches and they are absolutely brilliant. He's now working on the finished artwork.

The manuscript is with a copy editor. Once I…

1940s Murder Mystery #7 - The Solution

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

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Here's the solution (But, of course, you'd all solved it already). Another one soon!

 

 

 

1940s Murder Mystery #7 - Death at Sea

Friday, 17 March 2017

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It's that time again! Welcome to Murder Mystery #7 of 10! And today we're all at sea (click on pics to see a larger image).

Solution in a few days' time!

Whodunit #6 - The Solution!

Friday, 10 March 2017

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Another new 1940s Whodunit next week!

Whodunit #6

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

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And we're back to the 1940s with another Whodunit from 'The Complete Home Entertainer' book.

Have fun! I'll post the solution on Friday.

(As always, click on the pictures to see a larger version)

 

Good News!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

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Hello m'dearios!

Some great news to report this week.

Firstly, the manuscript has come back from my editor with, I'm pleased to say, very few suggestions for changes/tweaks etc.I'm now making my way through the document and doing what needs doing before submitting it back to Unbound for proofreading and then typesetting. Yay!

The second piece of news is that the cover is going to be done…

The Rules of Crime Fiction

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

While I was writing A Murder To Die For, I did quite a lot of research into the murder mystery genre. While I'd always enjoyed reading or watching  crime fiction, I'd never written one before - barring a few short stories - and I was keen to understand how such stories were put together by 'Golden Age' authors like Christie, Marsh, Chesterton and Sayers. And I discovered that there had been several…

Medium Well Done - A new Gavin Quisty story

Monday, 13 February 2017

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As promised! A brand new short story featuring DCI Gavin Quisty, one of the characters from A Murder To Die For. I hope you enjoy it!

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“The local police can’t believe that this is a simple suicide if they’ve bothered to call you in,” said William ‘Lucky Bill’ Luckinbill. A short, stocky pudding of…

New Quisty incoming ...

Thursday, 9 February 2017

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Hello m''dearios.

I wonder if you were one of my splendid subscribers back in the dim and distant past of June 2016? If you were, you might have read a short murder mystery tale that I posted in my shed featuring DCI Gavin Quisty - one of the more interesting characters from A Murder To Die For. If you missed it (and fancy a short, fun read), here's the link.

If you enjoy(ed) it, you might…

Whodunit #5 - The Solution

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

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Here you go. More soon!

 

Whodunit #5

Monday, 30 January 2017

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Yourfinal Whodunit for a while as I'm taking a break from all social media for a little while to hunker down and get some serious wordcount completed. I will, however, post the solution to this tomorrow.

See you all soon.

 

Whodunit #4 - the Solution

Saturday, 28 January 2017

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I'll post Whodunit #5 to the shed tomorrow! Meanwhile, this ...

Whodunit #4

Friday, 27 January 2017

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It's the return of the vintage 1940 murder mysteries! Yay!

It's been an eventful week ... we now have a publishing schedule (see previous shedpost) and I've also landed a lovely cover quote from the marvelous Sandi Toksvig to join Mr Stephen Fry's kind words. I'm currently chasing a third ...

But now it's time to pop deerstalkers on bonces and to unravel ... The Riverside Murders.

(As always…

On schedule!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Hello Shedders

A superquick update to let you know that I now have a proposed schedule from Unbound for A Murder To Die For. Yay!

The book is currently with an editor and I should get it back soon. After that, there's this:

 

End Feb  -  The edited manuscript will go to the copyeditor.

End March  -  The copyedited text will come back to me for review.

Early April  -  Typesetting.…

Solution to Whodunnit #3

Friday, 20 January 2017

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Wotcher crimesolvers!

Here's the solution to case #3.

I'll post Case #4 sometime next week so I'm not bombarding you with too many shedposts and emails.

Hope you caught the bad guy!

 

 

Whodunnit #3

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

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Hello super-sleuths! Here's the solution to Whodunnit #2 and, because I got my scanner working again,the picture quality is much better (as always, click on the pic to see a bigger version).

So, did you get it right? Many of you did I know. Right, here we go with Whodunnit #3 - The Body on the Moor ...

Good luck!

Whodunnit #2

Monday, 16 January 2017

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Well done on solving Whodunnit #1! Here's the 'official' solution from the book (click on image for a larger version):

Yay! Mears is off to gaol! But we can't rest on our laurels yet my fellow detectives! For now we must solve ... The Brighton Beach Mystery!

 

Ok, get going, mystery fans! And here are larger pictures of those illustrations. Good luck!

Whodunit?? #1

Thursday, 12 January 2017

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Hello and Happy New Year!

Nothing new to report on the book front yet I'm afraid. I'm still waiting for an editor to be appointed. But, in the meantime I thought we'd have a bit of fun :D

Yesterday I went to my favourite bookshop in nearby Penn village (this amazing place) and, among the bargains I picked up, was this - The Complete Home Entertainer

It's a great little book published…

Ring in the New, to Hell with the Old

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

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2016 has been a massive spotty arse of a year; so much so, in fact, that I'm going to take it off my Christmas card list. To hell with you 2016. You were a git.

After hearing of Carrie Fisher's death yesterday, I reached for my ever-so-precious copy of Wishful Drinking that she signed for me when we had her as a guest on QI two years ago, and started to re-read it.

It's not a big book and…

The Promise of a Better Tomorrow

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Hello lovely shedfolk! Here's my last post of 2016. And I thought I'd give you a short Christmas story set in the same world as A Murder To Die For.

Enjoy.

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Everyone took the mickey out of Mr Spurgeon.

He lived in the old post office opposite the vicarage and, while all of the houses on Chapel Street had respectable rear gardens…

My top sitcoms ... and explaining the long wait

Friday, 2 December 2016

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The death of Andrew Sachs this week has made me reach for the Fawlty Towers boxset and enjoy its cripplingly funny farce all over again. And it's made me realise something. I write literary sitcom.

Sitcom is, as you know, 'Situation Comedy', which centres around a fixed group of characters who carry over from episode to episode. And it's not confined solely to TV; you can have radio sitcom of course…

Top 10 Comedy Films?

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

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No news to report book-wise as I'm still waiting to hear from my editor so I thought this week that I'd talk about comedy films.

I recently wrote a blogpost and inaugurated a Facebook discussion about comedy films and what the Top 10 would be. It turned out to be a fascinating discussion.

Having hunted around the net to look at various lists posted by magazines and websites I was surprised to…

The Waiting Game

Monday, 7 November 2016

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Hello Shedders!

As it's been a couple of weeks since my last post I thought I'd say hello. 

There's not much to report at this time; the manuscript has been with Unbound for a fortnight and I'm just waiting to be assigned an editor so there's not much that I can do at the moment except think about things like the cover design.

Getting the right cover for your book is SO important. A huge…

And ... relax. For a bit.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

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Well, we got there Shedfolk! 

I told you that the final 10% tends to go quite quickly and sure enough it did. And we're at 100%!

So, next steps:

The book is written and it's been read by a bunch of excellent critical readers. I deliver the manuscript (after a final read-through) on friday. Then it goes to editing stage. This is where I'm assigned an editor and, together, we make…

It's the Final Countdown! (cue twiddly 80s synth riff)

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

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Hello Shedfolk!

Well, what a fortnight that was. After running my 'I've hit 75%!' Agatha Christie competition, I decided to go all out to get that final 25%. I'm not quite there yet but I am at 89% and just a pledge or two away from 90%.

That final 10% is going to be agonisingly slow!

Firstly, if you're a new subscriber and this is the first of my shedposts that you've seen, welcome! And…

Competition time - The Result!

Sunday, 2 October 2016

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What fun that was! And thank you so much to the 39 people who entered my Agatha Christie-themed competition!

Nine of you got all 12 of the Agatha Christie novel titles I was after.

The titles were ...

The Big Four (on clock face)

The man in the brown suit (er ... the man in the brown suit)

Unfinished Portrait (chap on the left. Or right?)

Five little pigs (Obvs!)

The ABC Murders…

Happy Birthday Agatha!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

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It's Agatha Christie's birthday today.



She died in 1976 at the age of 86 and, staggeringly, produced 73 novels (66 murder mystery), 28 collections, 16 plays, 2 biographies and a handful of broadcast works and poems in her lifetime. But, as prolific as she was, the quality never seemed to suffer, She is still the third most published author in human history, having sold over two billion books -…

COMPETITION TIME!!

Friday, 9 September 2016

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We're finally at 75% funded! Yay! Whoop! Huzzah!

And I promised you a competition when we got here. So a competition you shall have.

This competition is only open to the excellent people who have pledged money to make this book happen. If your name isn't on the list of subscribers then, sadly, you can't enter.

But, of course there's nothing to stop you making a pledge and becoming eligible…

'I've gathered you all here together ... '

Sunday, 4 September 2016

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IMPORTANT! I'M NOW 74% FUNDED.

LOOK OUT FOR WHEN I HIT 75% FUNDED.

IT'LL BE COMPETITION TIME FOR MY SUBSCRIBERS!

But in the meantime ...

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It's not every day you get to live on a real life 'Cluedo' board. But, this past week, I did just that.

I've just spent seven days at Barscobe House, a large…

Me Me Me. And Me.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

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Hey Shedfolk

A quick round-Up of some stuff I've been up to if you're interested. Or not. And why would you be, really? You have lives don't you? :D

I made an appearance on the panel show EX LIBRIS with Tom Whipple, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst and the great John Lloyd CBE recently. It's now available to hear online. Catch it here on the Ex Libris site or on iTunes and elsewhere.

I also made…

It's all gone Biblical

Friday, 12 August 2016

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Hello Shedfolk! Well, the weather is gloriously balmy, we've scooped a few medals at the Olympics and I've just done a run of appearances promoting my last book and pimping this one. I've been at the Latitude and Wilderness festivals, done talks in Farnborough, Oxford and Cardiff, and I've appeared on the Level-Up Human podcast and the Ex Libris live panel show. I've also hosted the pilot for a possible…

How to Crowdfund a Book. Or anything else.

Friday, 29 July 2016

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Last year, I wrote piece about my crowdfunding journey which was serialised in three parts by Medium.com.

Here they are, if it's something that interests you (and I hope it helps some of you if you take the same journey):

Part 1: Bloodied but Unbound: My route to crowdfunding

Part 2: Large helpings of innovation, fun and perseverance

Part 3: The social side of selling, selling…

Push!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

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With funding teetering on the brink of 70%, the final push is in sight.

Huzzah!

So ... a few things.

Firstly, it's to announce that when we hit 75% I'll run a competition. With some nice prizes. But you gotta be in it to win it, as they say.

Note: This will only be open to supporters of the book; people who have been magnanimous and kind enough to risk a few pounds to make it a…

Cornish Crime Wave!

Friday, 15 July 2016

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Note: I did post this a while back in the shed for my last book - Why Did The Policeman Cross The Road? - but some of you may not have seen it.

I thought this might amuse you.

I was rummaging through some old boxes of knick-knacks and gewgaws recently and discovered this - a crime report taken by my late father in 1967. Dad initially joined the Met in London in 1959 but became homesick very…

I'm jolly for Alice ... and Crowdfunding

Thursday, 14 July 2016

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A couple of days ago, the wonderful Alice Jolly won the PEN Ackerley Literary Prize - against some stiff opposition - for her memoir Dead Babies and Seaside Towns. The book was crowdfunded by subscribers to Unbound. As Alice said in her acceptance speech:

'It isn’t just my book, [it’s the book for all those people] who had the nerve to come forward with their money to say ‘yes we believe in this…

Good News among the Terrible News

Friday, 8 July 2016

It's been a good week.

Well, in between news stories about backstabbing Brexiters, squabbling Labour MPs, confused and rudderless Tory MPs, more shootings in America, car bombs in Iraq, junior doctors having contracts forced upon them, crashing currencies, Wales being knocked out of Euro 2016 and England being beaten by Iceland, madmen and dodgy women running for US president, racist attacks on…

The Nearly Invisible Man

Monday, 20 June 2016

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Hey you guys!

A big thank you to all of you who suggested ways for me to 'get out of the doldrums' regarding raising funds for this book. I've taken all of your suggestions on board and I'm working my way through them. One of them was to reword the Unbound page for this book to make it seem more attractive prospect. That's been done. I hope it works.

As it happens, something has worked as I…

In the Doldrums Part 2

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Two months ago, I wrote a shedpost called In the doldrums without a paddle in which I talked about the frustrations of crowdfunding a book. Back then I'd been trying to raise funding for 116 days and had reached a kind of plateau at 41%, which meant that I was raising around 10% per month.

Meanwhile other, newer books were whizzing past me and reaching 100%, some in a matter of just days. It's…

The Name isn't the Same Part 2

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Back in February I wrote a shed post (here) explaining why I've changed the name of my fictional lady detective from Magnolia Chetwynd to Millicent Cutter. The change was necessary for several reasons that only emerged once the book had got to the end of its first draft. Names are important (as I wrote about in this shedpost). And the book is much better for the change.

Well, I'm now at Draft 10…

Such a tease!

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Okay. We're over halfway at 56% and teetering perilously close to 60%. But there's still a long way to go before A Murder To Die For becomes a book that you can hold and read. So, I thought, how about giving my existing subscibers a chapter or four to read while they wait? It'll introduce you to most of the main players and give you a taste of my writing. And who knows? Maybe it might intrigue a few…

Dad's legacy of MURDER ...

Saturday, 14 May 2016

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13th May, was something of a landmark for me but not in any happy way. It marked the 25th anniversary of my father dying unexpectedly, and tragically young at the age of just 51, and with one of his great ambitions unrealised.

Like me, Dad was a career cop. He specialised in homicide. And, like me, he was passionate about writing. Under his pen-name of Myghal Colgan (his birthname was Michael)…

Now and Then

Sunday, 24 April 2016

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I'm part of a group on Facebook that posts photos of local places as they are now compared to in the past. And this week I was particularly struck by this old photo from nearby West Wycombe (posted by a lady called Susie Chester):

And the reason it struck me is because it's almost exactly the spot where I filmed the promotional video for this book. It' in Church Lane looking down towards Church…

My Top 5 British Comedy Books

Saturday, 16 April 2016

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There's a surprising lack of new British comedy in fiction these days. There was a time when bookshop shelves groaned with the weight of rib-ticklers by Michael Frayn, Richard Gordon, Stella Gibbons, E F Benson ... but now, not so much. Or so it seems to me anyway. Mind you, finding a good bookshop isn't so easy either.

There's still a lot of comedy around in children's and young adults' books…

Another week, another pretty village

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

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I celebrated hitting the 45% funded mark on Easter Bank Holiday Monday by drinking too much in Denham Village.

It's a place I know very well. In the early 1980s, when I first moved to the South-East from Cornwall, I lived in Uxbridge on the far western periphery of London. But if I ever wanted to impress a girlfriend, Denham Village was where I'd take her as it was just over the border in my…

In the doldrums without a paddle

Saturday, 19 March 2016

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Welcome to the doldrums, that patch of calm water in which our crowdfunding ship finds itself.

In case you didn't know, 'doldrums' does have a nautical origin: ''The doldrums refers to those parts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean affected by the Intertropical Convergence Zone, a low-pressure area around the equator where the prevailing winds are calm. The doldrums are also noted for…

The truth is more boring than fiction

Friday, 4 March 2016

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Hello shedfolk!

40% of the way there thanks to lovely, lovely you. But we mustn't get complacent; we're not even halfway there yet. The fight goes on!

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Today marks the 100th day since I launched this crowdfunded book and I thought I'd spend our 'anniversary' looking at some of the common tropes and memes that turn up in detective…

The Name isn't the Same

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

I'm currently very busy writing the new series of QI (Series N) which we're due to start shooting in early May. This entails me pulling together the content for two complete shows plus (as all Elves do) contributing facts and content to all 16 shows. Consequently, I don't have much time for the novel at the moment. Frustrating! 

However, as I explained in my last shedpost, when I get to the third…

The kindest cuts are worth making

Saturday, 30 January 2016

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As I sit here, just having passed the 30% funded mark, I find myself in a pretty good position.

I first pitched a comedy novel to Unbound around August last year. I'd finished the manuscript. They read it. They liked it. And they said 'Yes! Let's make a book!'

However ...

When I went for my first planning meeting with Mat and Phil at the Unbound offices, something odd happened. We discussed…

Photo-fitted up

Monday, 18 January 2016

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So, tell me Shed folk ... who is this? I'll give you a clue. It's a very famous character from classic detective fiction.

Want another clue? How about this description from a book he appears in: 'His very person and appearance were such as to strike the attention of the most casual observer. In height he was rather over six feet, and so excessively lean that he seemed to be considerably taller…

And with one mighty leap ...

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

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50 days ago today I launched A Murder To Die For on this site. And, at 22%, it means that I'm getting funded at a rate of just under 0.5% per day, which equates to around £45. So I'm getting somewhere between one and three pledges a day. It's slow but steady. I have no moans. However, it does mean that, even if the level stays constant, the other 78% is going to take me around six months to gather…

Top 10 Silliest TV Detective Series

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

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I originally published this list in my Why Did The Policeman Cross The Road? shed. But it's just as relevant here. And, more importantly, I've found no reason to change any of my decisions. Unless you can give me good reason to add or replace a series, that is? Suggestions welcome!

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10 - Kojak

You know that scene in the film…

It's 2016!

Sunday, 3 January 2016

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It is indeed 2016. And I saw it in with some style at a black tie dinner in a rather nice country pub called The Full Moon in Little Kingshill, just a couple of miles away. I dressed accordingly.

There was a 'Casino Royale' theme to things with tables laid out like gaming tables, chocolate dice and poker chips etc. and waitresses handing us vodka martinis at the door. Interestingly, there was…

It was a Dark and Stormy Night ...

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

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It bloody was.

I got invited out to supper last night on one of the worst nights of the year so far. The rain was lashing down, the wind was blowing a gale and the roads were covered with those scary big puddles where you're never sure which bit to drive through because you can't see any of the ruts or potholes under the surface. And there were plenty of those as the route to my meeting, greeting…

The Name's Afoot!

Sunday, 13 December 2015

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It won’t be apparent to you at the moment but, once you get your mitts on a copy of A Murder To Die For, you’ll see that many of the characters sport unusual surnames. This is no accident.

I love names. And names are important when you’re creating characters.

Imagine, for example, if Ian Fleming had decided to name his most famous creation Trevor Lillicrap instead of James Bond. Now, there’s…

The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930)

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

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What could be better? A murder mystery and the greatest comedy double act of all time!

I found this photo of the cast quite by chance today and just had to share it (click on image to make it larger).

Isn't it great?

It's not one of the boys' better-known movies but, with their movies back in cinemas again and with a whole new audience falling in love with them, it's well worth seeking…

I do apologise, I just farced

Monday, 7 December 2015

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Farce (noun) - A comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus improbable.

I love farce. I’m a farce-oholic.

Some of my earliest memories involve dark, wet Sunday afternoons sat in front of the TV with my family, watching old British comedy films on the BBC. You’ll know many of the films I’m talking about: Whisky Galore!,…

Two Colgans for the price of one

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

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A Murder To Die For is a very personal project for a number of reasons. As I explain in the video it combines three things that have had a profound influence on my life: my 30 year police career, classic murder mystery, and my deep love of comedy - particularly British farce. But there is a fourth thing.

My dad.

Dad was a writer too. Under his pen-name of Myghal Colgan, he had many articles…

A gloriumptious day out

Sunday, 29 November 2015

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Four days into the crowdfunding campaign and we've hit 5%. That's pretty good going!

Today I was at a village fair in Great Missenden, helping out Mrs C who was running a stall. It's about a 10 minute drive from where I live and is one of those typical little South Buckinghamshire villages - all whitewash and timber frames, red brick and flint - that inspired my fictional village of Little Hogley…

Out and about in Little Hogley

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

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We had some fun making the short video to launch this book. We used several villages near where I live, including some of the places that inspired the locations in the book. 

My fictitious Little Hogley and, indeed, the entire fictitious county of South Herewardshire, is based on the South Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire borderlands where I live. It's stunningly pretty around here. And if any…

Welcome!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

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So, here we are again. My third book with Unbound and my first novel.

Well, not quite my first.

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember – certainly for well over 40 years. I was always writing as a boy. I serially submitted articles and stories to magazines and I entered writing competitions and won a few prizes. I wrote my first novel when I was 16.

It was, of course, terrible.

Sarah Tennant
Sarah Tennant asked:

Hello,
just wondering if the signed editions are dedicated?
Thanks

Unbound
Unbound replied:

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for getting in touch. The collectable level entitles the pledger to a signed copy of the book, but these won't be dedicated as our warehouse can't process orders this way. I hope that's OK.

Best wishes,

Unbound Support

Claire Bodanis
Claire Bodanis asked:

Hi there,
Could you please let me know where the launch party is going to be held? (Town/city, I mean, not specific venue.) Love the sound of the book, right up my street!
Thank you,
Claire Bodanis

Stevyn Colgan
Stevyn Colgan replied:

Hi Claire! It's early days yet so we haven't given much thought to a venue. I am planning to run it as a murder mystery night if I can - it would just make the party so much more fun! To be honest, it will probably be in London or somewhere very close to London as that's where Unbound is based and I live in nearby Buckinghamshire. But who knows? As soon as I do, I'll let people know via my 'shed' on this page. Thanks for your interest! - Stevyn x

Claire Bodanis
Claire Bodanis asked:

Thanks Stevyn - sounds like a great party, I've signed up! Good luck with the funding. And apologies for getting my question twice!
Claire

Stevyn Colgan
Stevyn Colgan replied:

Claire - No problem! And thank you! Do visit the shed for a chat now and again! - S x

Angela Lord
Angela Lord asked:

How about this for a pledge-raiser - promise that when your book reaches 75 per cent funding, you'll dress up as Miss Chetwynd?

Stevyn Colgan
Stevyn Colgan replied:

Angela - Oh that's a given! x

Angela Lord
Angela Lord asked:

Brilliant - Or even a flashmob of Chetwynds - what's the collection noun for that, a gale or a gaggle?

Stevyn Colgan
Stevyn Colgan replied:

I'll go for a Sleuth. Or is that bears?

Cara Usher
Cara Usher asked:

careful stevyn, your QIs are showing!!

Stevyn Colgan
Stevyn Colgan replied:

I'd better tuck them under my skirts then :D

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