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Until this year I didn’t really know what a Blog Tour was. For my last novel, The Man Who Played Trains, a very nice blogger posted her review and my guest post on her blog. This year it is happening again for my latest novel, GROUND RULES – except that this time there will be twelve bloggers, posting their reviews and my answers to their questions – something I enjoyed doing, despite not being that keen about writing about myself!

The tour starts on 11th May. Thanks to –

Portable Magic | booksbehindthetitle | PuzzlePaws blog | Books’n’banter | Jessica Belmont | B for Bookreview | Hooked From Page One | Beneath A Thousand Skies | Avonna Loves Genres | A Lot of Pages | donnasbookblog | The Magic of Wor(l)ds | #prdgreads | Curled Up With A Good Book

You can read the first few pages of GROUND RULES on Amazon CLICK HERE

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GROUND RULES – Cover Release!


Here is the final cover for my latest novel GROUND RULES.

An alternative, black & white version was described as ‘rather scary’ and ‘not colourful enough’, so I decided on this one. I hope to get a proof copy of GROUND RULES back to me by the end of January, so hopefully a paperback will be in print (and also a Kindle version) during February.

A big thanks to all those reviewers that said they liked forensic geologist Jessica (Jez) Spargo. Because of you she has a whole novel to herself!

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The Man Who Played Trains


Why have I done this? Because my latest novel, shortly to be available on Amazon, is GROUND RULES, featuring Jez Spargo, the feisty forensic geologist from The Man Who Played Trains.

Feisty, because that’s what one reveiwer called her – I loved Jez, the author has created such a strong, intelligent and feisty character in her. Even her father is lost without her! Their bond is strong and it is the backbone of this gripping thriller – I could easily picture them in real life.”

This one comment led me to write GROUND RULES.

— OOO —

Two of the many 5- and 4-star reviews of The Man Who Played Trains:

‘GROUND RULES’ by Richard Whittle will be available on Amazon in Spring 2020


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Started Early, Took My Dog

I think I have read all of Kate Atkinson’s books now, though there might well be another lurking somewhere out there, I need to check. I could never write like she does, I’d have so much going on in my brain that it would start to smoke.

I’ve said before that I find her stuff clever and complicated. I have no idea how she can hold so many bits of apparently unrelated stuff in her head and bring it all together at the end of her novels.

Because I need a change I’m now reading this>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
(pretentious, moi?)

But I am a geologist, and I was a policeman, so this shouldn’t surprise you. The book costs a bomb, it will set you back £160 – unless you get it like I did. I won the crossword in ‘Geoscientist‘. The prize was to choose any one of the Geological Society’s special publications. I chose this one.

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