Guest Post: Meet Dave Sivers, Author of Dead in Deep Water

I’m delighted to be joined today by fellow author, Dave Sivers. I really enjoyed Dave’s first crime thriller, Scars Beneath the Soul, which introduced the detective partnership of Archer and Baines. He recently released the second in the series, Dead in Deep Water, and dropped by today to tell us a little more about his work and influences.

Can you describe your new novel in one succinct but sensual sentence?

Murder may be easy, but it is never simple.


Who is your favourite character and why?

That’s such a toughie.  I have two main protagonists, and I’m very fond of both of them.  Both characters are defined by horrendous events in their past, but I’m going to go for Detective Inspector Lizzie Archer.  Dan Baines’s demons are possibly even worse than hers, but maybe Lizzie has the loneliest road to travel.


Which authors have been your main inspirations?

Stephen King’s brilliant gift for making any genre literary should inspire any writer.  To choose two more obvious ones, Ian Rankin and Val McDermid are the giants of crime fiction, but I think Stephen Booth is up there with them, as is John Harvey.  The fantasy novelist Robin Hobb also tells amazing tales with three-dimensional characters, and breaks free of many of the genre’s conventions.  I could go on forever.


How does your writing process work; confusion and paper flying everywhere or calm and ordered?

Never paper flying about, but plenty of confusion along the way.  I don’t go in for too detailed planning, or it feels like painting by numbers, but I like a rough idea of where the story starts, how it ends, and some of the things that will happen on the way.  The magic then is seeing how it all unfolds – but whatever rough plan is in my head seldom survives the writing process intact!


What is your guilty pleasure when writing? (Chocolate, wine, coffee…)

Well, I make a lot of cups of tea and let half of them get cold.  If I take a break, I’ll probably watch a recorded TV programme or a boxed set.  I’ve just finished Season One of Game of Thrones.  Not sure if I feel especially guilty about it though…


Please share your blurb with us.


When a teenage Olympic swimming hopeful is found drowned in a water-filled disused quarry in Buckinghamshire, it looks as if fears that the local swimming hole was an accident waiting to happen have been fulfilled in the worst possible way.


A few days later, a small-time thief turns up on an allotments site a few miles away, his head bashed in with a spade. Thefts from Aylesbury Vale allotments have been rife, and now it seems that an elderly vigilante may have made good on his threats to take matters into his own hands.


But murder is never simple. As Detective Inspector Lizzie Archer and Detective Sergeant Dan Baines investigate, they realise that neither case quite adds up. The truth, and the motive behind each death, is much darker than they could have imagined.

And some people will go to any lengths to make sure the truth stays buried.


Thanks Dave. I can’t wait to get started!



Dave Sivers: Dead in Deep Water - the new Archer and Baines novel is available from the Kindle Store at and

You can reach Dave at:

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Eva’s Scotland

The work of the famous Scottish novelist, poet and playwright, Sir Walter Scott, first turned The Trossachs into a tourist destination in the nineteenth century, so it seemed very fitting to use it as a refuge for the frightened Eva in The Truth Will Out.

During our visit to Scotland earlier this year we stayed close to Eva’s first hideout in Kinlochard. It felt strangely nostalgic navigating the winding country lanes around Loch Ard and visiting the very real village of Kinlochard having shared the beautiful landscape in my second book, but I was pleased (and slightly relieved) to find it looking much as I remembered it.

Here is a little snippet of Eva’s Scotland in pictures:


This is Aberfoyle, Eva’s first landing place where she filled up with petrol and stocked up with groceries before heading off into the heart of the Highlands. Continue reading

A Fleeting Trip to Icelandic Waters by Lorelai MacLeod

I’m still indulging the holiday spirit and today I’m delighted to say that we are treated to another post from the talented, Lorelai MacLeod, who this time shares her recent Icelandic jaunt with us. Over to you, Lorelai:

Thank you so much Jane for inviting me back to your lovely blog. I do hope you like the photos.

I mentioned Icelandic waters rather than Iceland, not because we travelled by boat, though we did, but because water seems to be the main place I aim the camera – that and at my husband imitating statues.

Talking of which; Reykjavik’s striking Hallgrímskirkja church, of which many pictures can be found online (I do have one, but it’s far too daft), is visible from much of the city. This is my husband outside said Lutheran establishment, trying his best to embody the spirit of Norse explorer Leifur Eiriksson.


Travelling in June, the sun never set, so the rugged landscape could be admired all hours of the day. Iceland in summer is gorgeously green and an abundance of wild grasses and herbs make Icelandic lamb some of the best in the world. Continue reading

Linda Huber Talks About Her New Release – The Cold Cold Sea

I’m thrilled to be able to share an interview with fellow Legend Press author, Linda Huber, today. Linda released her second title, The Cold Cold Sea on the 1st of August and I am expecting my copy to arrive any day now. If it’s as good as her first then we are all in for a real treat!

Can you describe your new novel in one succinct but sensual sentence?

The Cold Cold Sea is a story of loss – two families each lose a child, a father loses his self-respect, and a little girl loses everything she has ever known. Continue reading

A Few of my Favourite Frenchies

It’s a short post from me this week as I’m just back from our family holiday in the sleepy Dordogne. Once again we were treated to long evenings of rich wine and engaging conversation with our friends at ‘Josse’, and surrounded by panoramic views of vineyards and fields of sunflowers. All in all, a very relaxing week. Here’s a few of my highlights:


Rocamadour is built into the sheer rock face of a gorge above the River Dordogne. Built on the shrine of a Madonna, it’s thought that the Abbey here dates back almost a thousand years in some form and, believed to hold great healing powers, became the site of a major pilgrimage over the ages.


The village beneath the Abbey is full of paved streets, lined with medieval houses and contains fortified stone gateways, all of which are totally breathtaking.

We did take the 216 steps down (although not on our knees as the pilgrims once did), but there is also a winding road that leads down and I believe a lift for the less discerning traveller. Certainly worth a look if you are in the area. Continue reading