The unsolved murder of the Jersey lass Nellie Rault on 9th May 1919, one hundred years ago, inspired my first murder mystery, Murder Now and Then . Here is her full story compiled and carefully researched by Liz Walton from the Great War Channel Island Study Group.
The mystery also inspired the Luton Paranormal Society to investigate it! (you may have to scroll down through the paragraphs.)
In honour of Nellie Rault, whom I renamed Lucille Vardon in my purely fictional novel, I will be bringing out an updated version of ‘Murder, Now and Then’ later in the summer of 2019. (revised due to the fact that I wrote the original in 2013 and predicted the future to 2019, some of which has and some has not come to pass.
Mind you, there are actually farms where cows are milked by robots as and when they choose to be milked. I’ve seen them!
Also, and even more exciting, in the autumn I will be launching my new novel, another mystery loosely set in Bedfordshire, although the actual location is fictional this time and it does visit Scotland. (couldn’t resist it) Watch this space!
The Healing Paths of Fife was all about relocation and renewal, but it also touched on how I coped with a barren time as far as my creativity and my writing life was concerned. As my personal life found new meaning and stability, my writing life floundered. The Healing Paths of Fife ends as I began to find a balance and a greater wholeness as the ink from my pen began to flow once more.
(just noticed a new review on amazon.co.uk ~ very grateful!)
Before ‘virtually’ leaving Fife and its coastal path for a while to return to Bedfordshire (virtually of course) for a very special centenary and some exciting news related to my writing, I would like to share with you some of the wonderful blogs about my adopted home, the Kingdom of Fife.
The first is Ben Dolphin’s ‘Walking the Trail’ . Ben is currently writing for ‘The Welcome to Fife’ site which is like a breath of fresh air. The link leads you to his post about walking the newly resurrected Fife Pilgrim Way, which will be opening officially in July 2019. Ben’s description of Culross as a ‘ridiculously cute wee village’ on the Forth shoreline, west of The Forth Bridge, made me smile because it is just that. As well as being such a lovely surprise, the village is steeped in history, myth and mystery; maybe a place to visit mid week out of seasonnow though, due to Outlander fame!
Ben is well worth following on Twitter too, for his wonderful photos as well as articles.
Another must to follow on Twitter if you love or would like to visit Fife, or have an interest in wildlife and photography is David Steel. David, I believe, is currently the curator of The Isle of May, the island in the Forth estuary off Fife Ness which looks much like a whale. For up to date news of the wildlife on the Isle of May, including the delightful puffins, the Isle of May Nature Reserve blog is well worth reading too.
Watch out for David’s photography courses and his wonderful photos on twitter.
If it’s atmospheric photos of the weather in Fife you are searching for then Simon Swales is the man on Fife Weather. The posts are rare but none the less beautiful for that.
If I have missed anyone important, I’d love to hear from you, either as a comment or email me at email@example.com.
Ode to St Andrews
On the cliff top
majestic ruins enhance the blue skyline,
a backdrop of the restless ocean
and endless white sands.
The cathedral’s greatness
living on in the lives of countless pilgrims,
a memory of centuries of worship
and a legacy of spirituality.
A tribute to God.
And yet pilgrims also flock to the greens below,
the hallowed centre of golf.
with their grand clubhouse
and fairways stretching
above the ocean and the miles of sand.
A fitting tribute to the skills of man.
(Author Diana Jackson walked The Fife Coastal Path from Queensferry to St Andrews and in her fantasy world she met many famous people along the way.
‘The Healing Paths of Fife’ ‘is her story.)