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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.

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

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!

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


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.






I’m writing this at 35,000ft above the Tasman Sea, flying from New Zealand to Australia – lucky me!

The launch of Tell Me A Lie has been terrific, thanks so much for all your reviews on Goodreads and Amazon – it means so much I can’t tell you. Not only does it get me noticed by new readers, but it makes me very happy as well as give me some really good feedback.


Continue Reading February 2017: Against the odds…