Thursday, 5 May 2016

Mystery and Mayhem Competition

To celebrate the book birthday of Mystery and Mayhem today - containing my Georgian mystery story, The Mystery of the Pineapple Plot - I present you with my. . .

 Patented Perplexing Pineapple Picture Competition

All you have to do is look at the five pictures below (click on read more) and figure out which pineappley object (or place) they show. Then just e-mail me your list of answers from 1 to 5.

The competition closes on 30th May and I will send a signed copy of Mystery and Mayhem (and a poster and some other pineappely goodies!) to the first correct answer I pick out of the hat.

E-mail address for answers: helen@castlekey.org.uk

Good luck!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

May: a month of Mystery and Mayhem


It's May Day! Time for dancing around maypoles, skipping through bluebells, sunshine and blossom and cute, cuddly lambs . . .

Unless you're a mystery author in the Crime Club, that is!

In which case, May is time for dastardly deeds . . . poison plots, kidnapped dogs, dark secrets and locked rooms.

May is Mystery and Mayhem month!

I was so thrilled to be asked to contribute to an anthology of short mystery stories last year. I was allowed to write any kind of mystery I liked - as long as it had a baffling crime and young detectives at its heart, of course! When I found out who else would be in the line-up I was even more delighted. Eleven incredible writers, all of whom had written books I loved.
Just look at the list on the front of the book - who wouldn't want to be in a book with these authors?

I decided to write a historical mystery. Secrets of the Tombs has a historical elemet of course, but the stories are set in the present day.  The Mystery of the Pineapple Plot is actually set in the past - in 1761, to be precise. The location is the grand Catchpole Hall, and we join the cast of characters at a banquet in honour of eldest daughter, Eliza's engagment to the rather dreadful (but oh so rich!) Percy Ponsonby.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Exciting New!  Secrets of the Tombs is included in this Top Ten list of Thrilling Locations in Children's Books, compiled by author, Sara Grant on The Guardian Children's Books website. 


I'm thrilled to be in such illustrious company on this list - including the The Secret Garden! 

Sara says . . . 

"This new series combines exciting locations such as Egypt’s Valley of the Kings and an archaeological site in China with unbelievable action and adventure, including ancient murder mysteries, deadly secrets, treasure, fire-breathing dragons, and terracotta warriors. I can’t wait to see where Moss will take us next."

Sara is a brilliant author whose new book, Chasing Danger will be a perfect read for anyone who enjoys fast-paced adventure and mystery.  


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Kensington Community Primary - I'm thrilled to be your new Patron of Reading


It was the toast that did it!
Mid-morning, halfway through my mystery-writing workshop with Y3  and suddenly the smell of hot buttered toast was wafting through the classroom. Foil-wrapped parcels of toast had appeared from the kitchens. We all tucked in, children, staff, visiting author . . . there's nothing more friendly and fortifying thing than munching on slices of toast together, especially for anyone who might have missed breakfast or had an early start. 

That's when I knew Kensington Community Primary was my kind of school!