Mystery of murder

Murder: the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another.

Execution: the carrying out of a sentence of death on a condemned person or the killing of someone as a political act.

Did you notice that one word that makes these two acts different?


In case you missed it, there was a public official from Texas on the TV News the other night, reminding us that it’s okay to use a lethal injection to execute a man on death row – because it is legal.

The only murders we should be reading about are the ones in crime novels. Sadly, not everybody agrees with me.

Thanks for dropping by, Peter.

Progress report -Inspector West series book 3

Old Book

One thing I now know is – it takes a lot longer to write a murder mystery novel that to read one.

Book 3 in the Inspector West series is slowly taking shape. The first draft holds 22,500 words and, at around 700 words a day, it should be finished by the end of June. Then I’ll have to place it aside for a few weeks before I start on the first round of editing. At least one of my editing assistants will be on hand at that time, visiting from New York.

To date, Inspector West has started investigating the death of an elderly catholic priest and a fire that destroyed an aged care facility for retired priests, while the newly promoted Detective Sergeant Harry Fuller has been somewhat distracted by developments in his love life.

I’m writing to a plan, well a sketched outline really, so it’s always interesting watching the story unfold on the screen. I am always amazed by the way the mind works. I type a few words associated with what I think the storyline is and the story unfolds, almost by itself, as long as I keep typing.

I have to go write today’s 700 words.

Thanks for dropping by, Peter.