May 7th, 2019 by Melanie3101

I’ve just finished editing the first novel in what should be a fantastic new series by John Carson. This fast-paced thriller featuring Scott Marshall and his trusty sidekick, Atticus will be almost impossible to put down.

Four years ago, FBI Special Agent Scott Marshall and his team were hunting a serial killer in a small town in Upstate New York. Women were being abducted and murdered, then their corpses were displayed in open shallow graves.

Marshall’s FBI partner, Jessie Kent, was taken. During the hunt for her, Marshall tracked the killer down, but he was shot five times and left for dead. Less than an hour later, the killer took his own life.

None of the remaining victims were ever found.

Until now…

Old Habits – John Carson

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April 1st, 2019 by Melanie3101

A very busy and incredibly enjoyable month with such a wide variety of novels in several different versions of English and a wide selection of genres.  I’m so lucky to be working with such lovely authors.

The end of February/beginning of March saw me working on the first novel in the new The Secret Fear series featuring DI Hogarth and set in Southend, written by Solomon Carter.

Next up was the twelfth in John Carson’s Di Miller series, Time of Death, followed by Secrets and Vengeful, the first and second novels in Sharon M. Thompson’s Australian revenge thriller series.

I then worked on an – as yet unpublished – autobiographical story of a young boy growing up in South Africa in the days of apartheid followed by Michelle Vernal’s beautiful tale, The Promise, a beautifully written story of romance and relationships across the generations in the Isle of Wight.

A sexually charged tale of life in the high-octane world of finance in the City, a sci-fi novel with a modern-day theme, and the second in the DI Hogarth series by Solomon Carter, The Secret Dawn completed the month.

April is just as busy with a line-up of detective stories, revenge thrillers, romance, sci-fi, and even a non-fiction work to keep me out of mischief.

Many thanks to all the wonderful authors I work with for making my work such a pleasure.

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March 7th, 2019 by Melanie3101

I’ve just finished the edit of the latest page-turner in the DI Miller series by John Carson – only one week to wait for its release but it’s available for pre-order now.

The badly decomposed body of a young woman is found in the old nuclear bunker in Corstorphine Hill, where there is ongoing work being done to turn it into a museum. In her pockets are found items belonging to Becky McIver, a woman who went missing six years ago.

Back then, Gus McIver was arrested and charged with his wife’s murder. He maintained his innocence, and despite Becky’s body never being found, McIver was sentenced to life in prison. No trace of Becky has ever been found. Until now.


Time of Death – Amazon

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February 21st, 2019 by Melanie3101

For the second time in recent months, I’ve received four manuscripts in the space of one week – one scheduled, one anticipated, and two completely out of the blue!  A fifth manuscript is due to reach me on 3rd March.

I love being busy and have had a thoroughly enjoyable night working on Moira Lisa Smile, the second in the charming Guesthouse on the Green series by Michelle Vernal. The first in the series, O’Mara’s was completed earlier this week.



Next up is the first novel in the second series featuring DI Hogarth, by Solomon Carter.  DI Hogarth featured as the protagonist in The Darkest series published in spring 2018 after first appearing in the Eva and Dan Private Investigator novels.



Green Door by Tony Harmsworth is scheduled for next week and will provide an interesting change of genre for me as it’s a couple of years since I had any sci-fi novels to edit.


That should take care of February, and the latest in John Carson’s great DI Frank Miller series, Time of Death, will be with me in early March, ready for publication on 14th. 

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January 5th, 2019 by Melanie3101

As I have done many times in the past, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to read more!  There are so many great books and so little time.  Last year I succeeded in my decision to not spend time re-reading old favourites but sadly didn’t come close to my target of reading one new novel each week.

This year, I will try harder, starting with finishing the beautifully written The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.


Next on my reading list is the whole of the DI Frank Miller series by John Carson as I began editing these novels from book seven in the series.  With luck and not too many interruptions to his schedule this year, there will be many more Frank Miller novels to come during 2019.

All subscriptions to television will be cancelled to be replaced with a Kindle Unlimited subscription in an effort to ensure that I can try as many new authors as possible this year, but there are also a few books on my shelves that have been awaiting my attention for some time, including the ending to the Ibis Trilogy and a few others by Amitav Ghosh including The Glass Palace which was purchased in an airport some years ago!


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