Music to Watch Girls By... listen along to The Darling Girls by Emma Burstall

The Darling Girls begins with the funeral of Leo Bruck, a world-famous conductor, and a man whose life was inevitably steeped in music. Victoria, his partner of more than twenty years and mother of his two children, believes that Leo listened only to classical music. Indeed, she herself was once a professional cellist.

Phillip Hunter on bumping off Miss Marple...

If any unfortunate soul should ever ask me which books I read, I’d tell them I have broad taste, everything from Austen to Zola. I’d list my favourite books; Little Dorrit, Catch 22, The Heart Of Darkness. After all that, I’d finally admit that, these days, I mostly read crime novels. I would then describe, in great detail, the differences between crime and mystery fiction, between sub-genres, styles, authors.

Harold Schechter talks about the real-life inspiration behind The Mad Sculptor

In July, 2009, twenty-three-year-old Darlene Haynes, eight months pregnant at the time, was strangled to death with an electric cord.  Her abdomen was then cut open and the nearly full-term fetus removed.  The perpetrator turned out to be her close friend, Julie Corey, who had suffered a miscarriage three months earlier and evidently felt that the most efficient way of replacing her own lost baby was to murder her friend and rip the unborn child from her womb.

A visit to St. Peter’s Hospice and Ireland

Phew it’s been blowing a gale here in the West Country and the rain has shown little sign of abating. This morning however there is the first glimpse of sunshine and I hope it provides respite from all those suffering. My heart and prayers go out to everyone that has been affected by the horrendous weather this week. I think the Services have done an amazing job of getting to people and helping where they could – thank you to all who have helped in this incredible effort, you are all wonderful!