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HAUNTED goes on sale today

  Book Three of the Eulalie Park Mystery series is available to purchase on Amazon Kindle from today - 15 March.   Here is the book description:   "People don't disappear. Not without help." Five years ago, girl-next-door Jessica Manilow vanished while on a...

HOOKED goes on sale today

"One dead wife is a tragedy. Two is a pattern." Eulalie Park knows that when a woman is murdered, her husband is always the number-one suspect. But what do you do when that husband is also your client? Someone pushed Emma Egger off a five-story balcony. Her husband...

HACKED goes on sale today

The first book in The Eulalie Park Mysteries series is now available to buy on Amazon Kindle. Book description: Marcel Faberge is not a popular man. When he turns up dead, there is no shortage of suspects. Unfortunately, one of them is Fleur, the best friend of...

Hiding clues in a murder mystery novel

There is a certain kind of murder mystery that belongs to the golden age of mystery fiction. This is the so-called play-fair mystery that was pioneered by Dorothy L Sayers, Agatha Christie, and the writers of Ellery Queen. It is constructed in such a way that the...

Flashbacks, time jumps, and head hopping

If a flashback is a backwards jump in narrative time, and a time jump is a forwards jump, then head hopping is usually a sideways jump. Another possibility is to have two or more narratives running concurrently, often from different time periods. We've all read novels...

Gus Silber reviews SPIRE

Acclaimed South African journalist Gus Silber was kind enough to post this review of SPIRE online recently. What I love about it is that he really gets what attracted me to the South Pole setting - the extreme weather, the appalling isolation, and the sheer hostility...

When research becomes an information dump

A hard lesson The first book I did serious research for was Trinity On Air. It was my second published novel. With my first novel, Trinity Rising, I was writing about what I knew, which was being a student at Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape. Trinity On Air was...

The use of cliff-hangers in building suspense in fiction

Serialisation might appear to be no more than a footnote from literary history, but it is not as antiquated as it seems. You probably picture Charles Dickens writing his novels in serialised form for Victorian newspapers, and spinning the plot out so he could earn...

Fiona Snyckers

Fiona Snyckers is a published South African author. Her novels include: Trinity Rising, Trinity On Air, Team Trinity & Now Following You. Purchase your book today.

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