Bristol Crimefest

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Recent Posts | 0 comments

I’ll be on two panels at the Bristol Crimefest on Thursday 15th at 2.40 pm, and Friday 16th May 2014 at 10.10 am. The first is entitled Down The Research Rabbit Hole: When Fact Meets Fiction.

The authors on the panel with me are

  • Hilary Bonner
  • Patrick Easter
  • Jørn Lier Horst
  • Maureen Jennings
  • Stanley Trollip (moderating)

The second panel – at 10.10 am on Friday is called Historical Crime Fiction: It’s Not All Downton Abbey – The British Perspective. I’m the moderator on this one and the authors with me are:

  • Dolores Gordon-Smith
  • Andrew Martin
  • Imogen Robertson
  • Linda Stratman

If you are in the mood for a lively discussion, then why not come along to the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel on one (or both) these days.



Meet your favourite crime authors – June 12th 2014

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Recent Posts | 0 comments

Waterstone’s in Tunbridge Wells are hosting a Book Event on Thursday 12th June 2014 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. You’ll be able to meet some of your favourite authors including writers like Elly Griffiths, Frank Barnard, Elizabeth Haynes, Julia Crouch and, of course, me Patrick Easter, plus others. We’ll be talking about our books, what it’s like to be a writer, tips on getting yourself published and much more. Tickets cost £3 (which can be redeemed against the price of a book purchased on the night).

The Rising Tide is published

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Recent Posts | 0 comments

The 3rd book in the Tom Pascoe series – The Rising Tide – is now on the shelves of your favourite bookshop. If it isn’t, and you want a signed and dated copy, I’d be glad to send one onto you, post free.  Just send me an email ( and I’ll do the rest.

The book was launched at a party in my local library last Thursday. I spoke about the series so far and the historical context in which it is fixed. England was going through a rough time at the end of the 18th Century, including the wars against France, Spain and Holland, the armed rebellion in Ireland and the threat of revolution that was bubbling just below the surface in Scotland and in England. William Pitt, the King’s First Minister was also working with others, including Wilberforce, to abolish slavery – or, at the very least, the slave trade.

And it is slavery and the attempts by those who sought to continue its existence, that is the subject of the new book. I’ve drawn on historical detail to show the lengths to which the pro-slavery lobby went in order to protect their interests. Tom has his work cut out in dealing with the consequences.

A few days earlier I was with Danny Pike on BBC Radio Sussex talking about the book. It was good seeing him again. He last interviewed me when The Watermen was launched a while ago.

On Wednesday 13th November I’ll be at Goldsboro Books in Cecil Court, off the Charing Court Road, London, signing copies of the new book. Should be there around 11.30 if you want to drop in for a chat.

That’s it for now. I’m already well into the fourth book in the series – tentatively called Cuckold Point – but it won’t be ready until well into 2014.


Thames Police Museum

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Recent Posts | 0 comments

Went along to the Thames Police Museum in Wapping High Street on Saturday 21st September. It had thrown open its doors as part of the London-wide ‘Open Days’ – an annual event in the capital where buildings not normally open to the public welcome all comers. On show were exhibits going back to the formation of the marine police in the summer of 1798 – incuding models of old police patrol boats, cutlasses and pistols carried by officers, old documents and articles of uniform. Most of the people I spoke to during the course of the day had had no idea the museum existed, in spite of the fact that they passed its doors on a daily basis. It was at Wapping where I trained as a Thames Division officer and, later, when I began my research for my novels, it was here that I found the inspiration of many of my plots. Look out for its next open day in September next year.



Publication date almost here

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Recent Posts | 7 comments

My new book ‘The Rising Tide’ will be on the shelves on Thursday 7th November. The jacket has already been designed and printed and I’ve sent the proof copy of the book to my publishers for signing off. It’s an exciting moment for me and, I hope, for my readers many of whom have been in touch, wanting to know how things are progressing.

Without giving too much away, the story again melds fact and fiction, this time dealing with issues of slavery – particularly the plight of Africans brought to England as slaves – and the opposition to the work of the abolitionists.

Of course, publication simply means the end of one book and the beginning of another. Book 4 in the Tom Pascoe series is already underway although I’m currently struggling to find a title that works. The story is about an act of piracy on the River Thames at the end of the 18th Century, and the pursuit of those responsible. Anybody got any ideas?



The Rising Tide – manuscript delivered

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Recent Posts | 2 comments

I’ve just delivered the first draft of my new book in the Tom Pascoe series. The Rising Tide brings Tom face to face with the slave trade and its human cost at a time when Pitt, Wilberforce and others were pressing for its abolition. It will, I think, be interesting to see what readers make of a particularly unpleasant period of our island story, albeit that change was already in the air.

The book is not actually due for publication until September but I’ve just been sent the first rush of the jacket design, which is always quite exciting. Meanwhile I’ve begun to map out Book 4 – Cuckold Point – the main theme of which will be piracy on the River Thames, an offence that carried the death penalty and ‘hanging in chains’ as an example to others.

Happy reading,


Bristol Crimefest – 30th May to 2nd June inclusive

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Recent Posts | 0 comments

This year’s Crimefest is even bigger and better than last years outing. It runs from Thursday 30th May to Sunday 2nd June at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, and features over a hundred crime authors, including such heavyweights as Jeffrey Deaver, Peter James, Elly Griffiths, Aly Monroe and Robert Goddard.

I shall be putting my head over the gunwales at two sessions. The first is on Friday 31st May at 2.50pm entitled ‘All in the Past: Pleasures, Perils & Pitfalls’ when I’ll be talking about what it’s like to write about the past, including the research that’s needed. I’ll be joined by Dolores Gordon Smith, Janet Laurence, and Linda Stratman, all of us in the care of Tom Harper, who will be moderating.

My second appearance is on Saturday 1st June at 3.20pm when the subject will be The Changing Face of London, a canter through (in my case) living conditions, and crime and law enforcement in the late 18th/early 19th centuries. I’ll be joined by Hanna Jameson, John Lawton, and Andrew Pepper. The participating moderator will be Alison Joseph.

Would be great to see you there. Come up and say hello, why don’t you?


The River of Fire – paperback published

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Recent Posts | 0 comments

The paperback edition of The River of Fire, complete with its brand new cover, is published today, and I’m really pleased with it. I’m hoping it will appeal to a much broader range of readers. The larger than life image of my hero has gone, and is replaced by a scene of the Thames close to London Bridge, through which a dismasted, and burning, brig has just emerged. Full credit for the make-over belongs to my editor, Jane Wood, at Quercus Books who came up with the idea.

The new edition concludes with the first chapter of my newest book, The Rising Tide, due out in September this year. The eagle-eyed amongst you will spot what appears to be a mistake in the text. It isn’t. At least it isn’t my mistake, it’s Tom Pascoe’s, which he’s forced to put right later. Puzzled? I’ll send a signed copy of the book to the first person in the UK who correctly identifies what I’m talking about.

Happy Reading,


Guildford Book Festival – Friday 26th October 2012

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Recent Posts | 0 comments

I’ve been invited to appear on a panel at the Guildford Book Festival on FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER at 4.00pm at the Electric Theatre Cafe Bar to chat about writing in general and historical crime fiction in particular. Guiding the afternoon will be Peter Guttridge. Afterwards, there will be plenty of time to mingle, drink copious quantities of tea and sample a slice of cake – all of which is included in the £4.50 price of your admission ticket. Full details are available at:

I’m really looking forward to seeing everybody.


Christmas Crime – 15th December 2012

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Recent Posts | 0 comments

The beautiful village of Alriston, East Sussex, is the venue of a one day crime festival on Saturday 15th December 2012. Four panel sessions are planned (two before lunch and two afterwards), at which writers – including people like Peter James, Elizabeth Haynes, Peter Lovesey and Elly Griffiths will be quizzed on crime, criminals and coppers. The day starts at 10.30 with Peter James in the chair. The last session starts at 3.30, when Elle Griffiths will be in charge. There will be an opportunity to meet your favourite authors and, if the mood so takes you, buy a signed copy of his/her latest book.

This is what the programme, which takes place at the United Reform Church, High Street, Alfriston, looks like:

Session 1 – 10.30/11.15 Moderator Peter James ‘What is literature?’
Panel Claire McGowan
Julia Crouch
Frank Barnard
Tom Bale

Session 2 – 11.30/12.15 Moderator Patrick Easter ‘Do books have a future?’
Panel Elizabeth Haynes
Lesley Thomson
Tom Cain
Alexandra Connor

Session 3 – 2.30/3.15 Moderator Nash Robbins ‘Is there an art to writing?’
Panel Elle Griffiths
Peter Lovesey
Deryn Lake
Linda Regan

Session 4 – 3.30/4.30 Moderator Elle Griffiths ‘The working day.’
Panel Peter James
Patrick Easter
Sue Walker
Tom Grieves

Tickets are available on the door, or in advance from Much Ado Books. Prices are (for the whole morning) £6. Tickets for the whole afternoon cost a further £6. All day tickets are priced at £10. For more information, contact Much Ado Books on or call 01323 871222

Hope to see you all there.