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launch of new book: 16th february

Friday, December 9, 2011 - 03:01
The latest novel in the Shaw & Valentine series is launched in Ely - the event will be organised by Toppings - the wonderful bookshop on High Street. The venue will be announced closer to the day - so far we\'ve managed to launch in the shopo itself, the Hayward Theatre, St Mary\'s Church, St Etheldreda\'s, and St Peter\'s Broadstreet - and the Long Gallery at the Bishop\'s Palace. Who knows where we\'ll be this year. The book itself - Death\'s Door - is out on January 26th.

next event: december 3

Monday, November 28, 2011 - 02:29
Wisbech Library. A day of tea, mince pies and books. I\'ll be there from noon til one available for a chat or a signing. If you have never been before Wisbech is a real gem - don\'t miss Peckover House. It usually has some wonderful touring art on the walls - last time it was Atkinson Grimshaw.

death watch wins new angle prize: sept 7

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 03:34
The second of the Shaw and Valentine series picked up the prestigious New Angle Prize. The award - and £2,000 in prize money - came as a big surprise on the evening. The short list was a formidable one - including Blake Morrison\'s The Last Weekend, Jeremy Page\'s The Wake, and the mammoth A Flora of Suffolk - by Sanford and Fisk - the result of not one, but two lifetimes of study. In second place was the legendary Ronald Blythe - author of Akenfield - with a collection of his life\'s writings called Aftermath. A special Reader\'s Choice award went to the artist Maggie Hambling for The...

us review raves over death toll: july 18th

Monday, July 18, 2011 - 11:07
From the Richmond Times-Dispatch of Virginia: \"Dark and dismal, \'Death Toll\' is the product of a master at work. With prose that puts the reader squarely at the scene of the crimes, a solution at once shocking and sadly inevitable, characters drawn with such care and generosity that they could be people the reader knows - and issues capable of destroying real lives - Kelly has written the best in a superior series.\" writes Jay Strafford. More US reviews to come....

italian translation

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 03:57
Death Wore White - the first of the Shaw and Valentine series - is to be published in Italy by Giunti. The book will be out in two years time - a long wait, but great to out in a country which in many ways has set the pace for modern crime writing. We can now add the Italian edition to translations of the Shaw and Valentine and Dryden novels in Norweigan, Dutch, German, and Japanese - plus the US editions.

new angle prize: latest april 3

Monday, April 4, 2011 - 08:25
Death Watch has been short-lsited for the prestigious New Angle Prize for Literature. It is this book\'s third nomination for a prize - so let\'s hope it is third time lucky. But the competition is terrific - other short-listed authors include Blake Morrison, Maggie Hambling and Ronald Blythe. Dates for the diary: all the authors will be in Ipswich to read from their work and answer questions on July 5th. The award itself - worth £2,000 - will be announced on September 7th. Details at

king\'s lynn signing

Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 03:15
I shall be in Waterstone\'s in King\'s Lynn from 11.00am on Tuesday February 1 until noon. I\'ll be signing Death Toll - and indeed any other book you might care to buy ! Last time we had a tremendous turn out thanks to my good friend and bookseller David Learner - who runs the event. Later I\'ll be doing an interview with the Eastern Daily Press on the new book. Hope to see some of you there.

thanks for voting dec 19.

Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 08:41
The Water Clock did very well in the poll for Cambridgeshire Book of the Decade - but not as well as The Cambridge Curry Club by Saumya Balsari, which turned out to be an excellent winner. But thanks toall who voted so that we gave the field a run for its money. Saumya - in an excellent speech on the night - pointed out that the real heroes are the librarians who make sure all our books are so well read. Our libraries are a fantastic resource, and part of a great British tradition, which will be verylucky indeed to survive the current tightening of the government finances. It may only be in...

vote now for the water clock

Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 04:39
The first of the Philip Dryden mysteries - The Water Clock - has been nominated for the short list for the Cambridgeshire Book of the Decade. It is up against some wonderful books - such as Kate Atkinson\'s Case Histories and Rebecca Stott\'s Ghostwalk. If you\'d like to vote then you can do so online at or text 80166 with the word BOOK followed by the key words for each of the runners. If you want to vote for The Water Clock text WATER. Please vote ! Deadline is December 13th. And do tell your friends/family or book club colleagues.

short-listed: sept 29

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 02:56
A welcome autumnal surprise to offset the grey skies of the Fens - Death Watch has been short-listed for the prestigious Eastern Daily Press literary awards. The winners are announced on October 20 at the Assembly House, Norwich, at an evening dinner. Tickets still available - details on the EDP website. I\'m up for the fiction award against The Last Weekend, by Blake Morrison and The Widow\'s Taile, by Mick Jackson. The award is supported by Writers\' Centre Norwich and the CUE East. Its the third annual East Anglian Book Awards. Fingers crossed but it\'s just great to get a nomination in a...