Story Calendar

A Story for December: The Lost Librarians of Las Vegas

This could be a Christmas story. Stories told at this time of year, in the middle of winter, are meant to be a little bit scary. And sometimes the story happens to be true, as this one is. This story first appeared in the Daily Mail.

A Story for November: Sphinx

This story is published in the UK as part of a new book called Pianos & Flowers: Brief Encounters of the Romantic Kind, a collection of short stories inspired by photographs from the Sunday Times archive.

A Story for October: The Generosity of Wine

First appearing in the Berry Bros & Rudd newsletter in 2017, this story is a delightful tale of friendship, fortune, and wine.

A Story for September: To The Land of Long Lost Friends

A preview of the first chapter from the upcoming twentieth book in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.

A Story for August: The Peppermint Tea Chronicles

A little preview of the soon-to-be published The Peppermint Tea Chronicles, the thirteenth book in the 44 Scotland Street series.

A Story for July: The Summer Cruise

The delightful and dramatic tale of a Gardening Club Summer cruise party. This story originally appeared in Good Housekeeping.

At the Olive Pressing

“Your job!” people said to Robert. “How do you get something like that?” Robert always smiled at the question. He was used to people asking him this, and he invariably gave the same answer. “It just came my way, as it happens. They offered it to me.” Which was perfectly true. He had never set […]

A Story for May: The Second Worst Restaurant in France

A little taster of the soon-to-be-published The Second Worst Restaurant in France (publishing Julyy 2019), sequel to My Italian Bulldozer.

A Story for April: Being Glad About Being Home

Not a story, but a delightful contemplation of appreciating home. A version of this piece originally appeared in The Sunday Post.

A Story for March: The Department of Sensitive Crimes

A sneak peek at the first chapter from the upcoming book, The Department of Sensitive Crimes (publishing April 2019)- the start of the new Detective Varg series.

A Story for February: First Class

First Class A great airport, as everyone knows, is a city in itself, a microcosm of society. Within its confines almost every walk of life, every trade or profession, is represented. There are pilots, doctors, priests, engineers, electricians, negotiators, cooks and beauticians. Some of these jobs are glamorous – pilots inevitably attract admiring glances as […]

A Story for January: Travels with my Teapot

Travelling with my Teapot – One of the duties of being an author is travelling to book festivals, often in far-flung places. Clothes are thrown into a bag at the last possible moment, usually including a kilt for festival appearances and an endless supply of white shirts. These are interesting occasions, of course, and you […]