Tag Archives: travel

Swiss Mountains…

Scenic blog post alert… The past several weeks have been HOT here in N.E. Switzerland. 33-34°C every afternoon is a bit too much of a good thing – I wished several times I was halfway up a mountain, enjoying the … Continue reading

Posted in Life in Switzerland, My books, travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Train travel in middle England…

My journey from N.E. Switzerland to sunny Leeds didn’t start well. I arrived at Zürich Airport well on time, only to see DELAYED in large letters beside my flight. Ah, well. I’d allowed two and a half hours between landing … Continue reading

Posted in The Writing Life, travel | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Statues (and things) in Switzerland…

  On Friday and Saturday I spent a few hours in Zug, Central Switzerland, on the way to and from Louise Mangos’ Strangers on a Bridge launch do. There’s a lot to like in Zug – a beautiful lake, a … Continue reading

Posted in books, Life in Switzerland, The Writing Life | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holiday in Switzerland, anyone?

Imagine having the chance to spend a week in a hotel by a lovely Swiss lake, all expenses paid. That’s what happens to Stacy in my soon-to-be-published novella, A Lake in Switzerland. Just before the story starts, Stacy is wondering … Continue reading

Posted in books, My books, The Writing Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Home is… (complete in your own words…)

Home is where the heart is, traditionally. Nowadays, opinions differ. Home is where your other half (and presumably also your heart?) is? That’s a bit dangerous, imo. Home is where your favourite armchair is? Nope. My favourite armchair is a … Continue reading

Posted in Scotland, travel | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

Over the sea to… Friedreichshafen

Our lake – Lake Constance – is huge. 536 square kilometres, to be exact. Standing on the banks on a misty day, you can almost imagine you’re gazing out over the Atlantic. The photo below was taken from the Austrian … Continue reading

Posted in Life in Switzerland, travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Up the Scott Monument…

Every time the boys and I go to Edinburgh, someone says, ‘Shall we go up the Scott Monument?’ We don’t often – sometimes it’s shut, sometimes the weather isn’t suitable, and then there’s that narrow spiral staircase with 287 steps … Continue reading

Posted in Scotland, travel | Tagged , , , , , | 11 Comments


I’ve always lived near water. In Glasgow, we have the Clyde, and nowhere in Scotland is hugely far from the sea. (Insert horror memories of learning to swim in a North Sea fed pool in St Andrews.) Arriving in Switzerland … Continue reading

Posted in Life in Switzerland, travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Crime writers go hiking…

One of my purchases in Scotland was this bag – The Body In The Library is one of my favourite Agatha Christie reads. On Friday, a friend and I took it for the first hike of spring, here in N.E. … Continue reading

Posted in Life in Switzerland | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Location, location, location…

A couple of weeks ago I opened a book I’d bought a while ago, and immediately I was transported – to exotic countries I’ve only dreamed of visiting. Couple that with one of the best suspense stories I’ve ever read, … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Posts | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments