Welcome to my website, and to my murder mystery The Bad Sister, which was published at the end of September 2017 by Joffe Books. It’s the second in the series featuring DI Sam Clayton and his team from Anglian Constabulary.

It’s been a crazy and fun year for me. The Bad Sister came hot on the heels of the Edinburgh Festival where my one-woman show, Sugar Baby, premiered on the Fringe. I’m delighted to announce that it will be performed in London next January.

The Scotsman said the play, starring Holly-Rose Clegg, is “witty, smart and well-observed”. The reviewer also commented: “Holly-Rose Clegg is a cool, charismatic young actor who, if the world works properly, is going to be really successful. If Marilyn Monroe met Mike Leigh on a photo shoot for Vogue, it might capture something of what watching her on stage is like.”

You can read reviews in full on the Sugar Baby page. I’ve also written a Blog chronicling the ups and downs of our time in Edinburgh.

Sugar Baby will be on for six performances only from January 9-13 at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London. You can book tickets via this link

I hope you enjoy browsing the site.

If you’re interested in Paris, my adopted home, follow my wanderings as penkaroo on Instagram


18 thoughts on “Home

  1. I just spotted your name on a Guardian article and realised I knew you as a child. Our parents were friends and holidayed in Cornwall. I have memories of long bike ride rides with you and picking up discarded flowers from the compost at the back of church yards! I lived in Sale. Now I live in Canada just east of Toronto. I’m a retired kindergarten teacher with 5 grandsons. My name when you knew me was Jillian Toose. Think we might have met once when we were at uni in London. Best wishes , Jill


  2. Hi Penk!!
    This is Marianne (ex CBC/NBC etc). Remember? I missed you on SKY News today but Rod said you were great. Would love to hear from you.


  3. Dear Anne Penketh I was very interested in your comments on tomorrow’s French elections on Sky News today. I shall certainly be looking out for your articles in the Guardian. I’m also looking forward to buying your crime novel from my local bookshop when I’m next back in the UK.
    By the way, is your surname Lancastrian or Cumbrian? It’s obviously Celtic; “pen” or course means “head” as it does in Welsh and “keth” is a cognate of “coed” in Modern Welsh, means “woods”.


    • Dear David, thanks for your comment, and indeed my last name is Celtic and the family hails from Lancashire, hence my accent too. I’ll be appearing again on Sky News from 5.30 UK time this afternoon. I hope you enjoy Murder on the Marsh, the next in the series is due out soon! all best, Anne


  4. I just finished Murder on the Marsh and really enjoyed the book. I like the “peek” into everyone’s life. There were enough characters to make the story engaging but not so many to be confusing. I really appreciate how a good writer can tell a story, make me feel like I’m there, then braid it together in the end.
    My thanks and respect,


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