DI Sam Clayton #4

Murder at the manor

Louis XIV is found dead in the swimming pool of a Norfolk mansion at the end of a fancy dress party held to celebrate the 25th birthday of a local notable’s son. DI Sam Clayton and DS Julie Everett investigate.

Murder at the Manor is the fourth in the series of Norfolk murder mysteries featuring Clayton and Julie. I’m thrilled by the initial ***** and **** reviews which you can read on Amazon here and on Goodreads

One reviewer said that the story “stayed with me”, while others praised the “twists and turns” in the plotting and the “engaging cast of characters”.



There’s a killer on the loose in the Norwich Festival Orchestra! DI Sam Clayton and his team are called in as musicians with the amateur orchestra appear to have been murdered by their own instrument… starting with a cellist pinned down by her cello spike.

Play Dead is the third in the series of murder mysteries featuring DI Clayton and set in Norfolk. This book, like the others, can be read as a standalone.

I’m thrilled by the fabulous reviews from bloggers and readers, one said she was “reeled in” from the start, and another that it’s a “compelling read”. It’s being called “a must for lovers of police procedurals”.

You can read the reviews here for yourself on Goodreads

and Amazon

Bloggers on a book tour have been handing out ***** and **** star reviews. You can read their roundup here.



DI Sam Clayton is called to a murder scene in Holt, not expecting to find his estranged sister at the scene. Her husband, Henry Lambton, has been murdered. Clayton is taken off the case and DS Julie Everett continues the investigation.

Clayton focuses on a vicious arson attack in Norwich. The fire killed a Polish family in their home. It seems to be part of a series of racist attacks connected to an extremist group.

The two crimes stretch the team and both come dangerously close to home. Can Clayton forgive his sister for what happened over twenty years ago?

In a thrilling conclusion, they race against time to prevent more attacks and get justice for their loved and not so loved ones.

You can check out the first **** reviews on Amazon here

And here are the great reviews by bloggers who joined a week-long blog tour which launched The Bad Sister



Murder on the Marsh was the first in the series of murder mysteries featuring Norfolk’s most repressed detective, DI Sam Clayton. In the book, a boy’s body is found in a churchyard. His heart has been cut out… Clayton has never dealt with such an extreme crime in the quiet Norfolk villages that are part of his patch. When a local waitress disappears, he fears a serial killer may be on the loose. Clayton and his team investigate in a landscape where myth and reality collide.

Murder on the Marsh was an Amazon bestseller. Check out the reviews on and on

I’m thrilled that so many readers have enjoyed Murder on the Marsh  and say they’re looking forward to the next instalment. One reviewer on Goodreads liked the setting, the fast pace and “plenty of red herrings.” Another said she was “more interested in the private lives of the police officers than .. in finding out who the murderer was.” An Amazon reviewer found the characters “refreshingly believable” and said the story is as “eerily evocative as it is spookily compelling.”

The US website Reader Views gave it a ***** rating in February 2017. Reviewer Michel Violante said the novel intrigued and hooked him “from page one”, and called it an “awesome mystery.”

Here’s a **** review from the Crime Fiction Lover site, which picked Murder on the Marsh as its New November Talent.

Murder on the Marsh is also available as an audio book, read by Michael Healy.


Food Fight Cover

Cover design by JD Smith Design

Food Fight was my first novel, a political satire about the food industry and toxic sugars. The year is 2009. Barack Obama is in the White House. British marketing executive Susan Perkins, estranged from her daughter and suddenly widowed, transfers to Washington DC looking for hope and change. But then her food multinational goes rogue. Betrayed by her employer, her quest for justice takes in Washington, London and Brittany, sexual harassment, attempted murder, the corporate greed of Big Food and a chance of reconciliation.

Read the First three chapters:

“This addictive novel is closer to real life in Washington DC than we’d like to think. Fun yet insightful about the lobbying and politicking in the American capital, this take-down of a fictional American food giant is irresistible. Dollars to donuts, it will be the sleeper hit of the year.” David Usborne, The Independent

“Erin Brockovich with chocolate. A heart-warming and very funny voyage to the dark soul of the food industry.” Angelique Chrisafis, The Guardian

“Bite into this crisp and bitter-sweet first novel. Enjoy the exact flavour of life as we now live it. Savour the odyssey of an able young woman through its heartaches and delights.” Godfrey Smith, novelist

“Lightly told, this timely and provocative novel is a dark tale that will interest anyone who has ever wondered what happens when the pleasures of the palate intersect with the politics of Big Food.” Meg Bortin, author of Everyday French Chef blog

Food Fight was described as “witty and astute” in a June 2015 review by The Hill Rag, based on Capitol Hill in Washington. Read the full article here:

Read the op-ed I wrote for The Hill, the paper that covers the US Congress, saying that it’s time to get tough with Big Food on sugars.

Here’s an article I wrote for the New Zealand Herald about the health dangers from hidden sugars.

This is a link to my interview about Food Fight with Radio Catskill.

Here’s a feature I wrote for The Independent about Big Sugar and me.

And here’s a link to a piece I wrote for the New York Times about my experience of grief.

More information is available on the Facebook page of Food Fight: a novel.