Category: Writing

Rex & Eddie Mysteries: The Soundtrack

Rex & Eddie Mysteries: The Soundtrack

Writing rituals really help to get me in the flow of writing. One of those rituals is to listen to the same thing every time I write a project. It lets my brain know it’s time to type some words. That’s why I have a soundtrack to write Rex & Eddie to.

When I visit my parent’s house my favourite place to write is in their conservatory, at night, when it rains. Being England there’s plenty of opportunity for a shower or two.  Now I live in Los Angeles there’s rarely a chance of rain so I play  while the sun beams through my windows.

As the sound of rain gets my brainwaves flowing I put on a playlist to set the mood. While writing Rex & Eddie novels I usually play a mash of thriller soundtracks and James Bond scores with some silly, offbeat tracks like The Pink Panther theme mixed in.

I wanted to share some of the tracks I’m currently writing Rex & Eddie to – which would also work as a soundtrack to the books if you like listening to music while reading.

So here’s a Spotify playlist for your listening – and reading – pleasure.

If you know similar music you’d recommend adding to my writing playlist, please let me know. I’d love to give it a listen.

Beta-Readers Wanted

Beta-Readers Wanted

Photo credit: Wiertz Sébastien on Flickr

I’m looking for beta-readers to read my 23,217 word comedy-mystery novella: ‘Feline Fatale’. It’s a story set in England about two young detectives who attempt to find a missing cat to impress a middle-aged woman they have a crush on.

It’s part of the ‘Rex & Eddie Mysteries’ series I’m writing. The previous novel was compared to Dumb & Dumber, Laurel & Hardy, and Hot Fuzz. Reviews also compared my writing to the Dortmuder novels and the Stephanie Plum novels. If you like a couple of those things, ‘Feline Fatale’ will probably be a good fit for you.

As a beta-reader you will read through the manuscript and give an honest critique of the story, including thoughts on the plot, characters, and pointing out any confusing areas and plot holes. Correcting grammar and spelling isn’t a priority at this point, but if you can’t help yourself please do let me know what you find.

I’m looking for people who can finish reading and send me their notes by May 12th, so just over two weeks.

If you want to read and critique a short silly mystery get in touch by email:

Also feel free to share this with any friends who might be interested.

Catchee Monkey Reviews Word Cloud

Catchee Monkey Reviews Word Cloud

I had some fun with the word cloud creating website and inputted all the reviews for my book Catchee Monkey. The results were interesting.

catchee monkey word cloud

The character’s names show up biggest, which makes sense since it is also name of the series – Rex & Eddie Mysteries. Next up was “book,” “read,” and “story;” which are obvious words to use in a review. Following that is the word “funny” and that’s fantastic. As the author I can call my book a comedy, but only the reader can call it funny. I can, of course, quote the reader.

Other words that pop out are “British,” “detective,” “mystery,” “first,” and “humor” (the spelling shows it’s the American’s that have written the most reviews).

I can also tell people are looking “forward” to the sequel, or a “movie” adaptation. One word that stood out was “Hardy.” Catchee Monkey had been compared to Laurel and Hardy a few times but Laurel doesn’t show up as big on the word cloud. This confused me for a bit but I realised it’s because my book has also been compared to the Hardy Boys, a US mystery book series for teens. I’ve been looking for ways to pitch the book series and found “Laurel & Hardy meets Philip Marlowe” is the best description. Maybe from now on I can call Rex and Eddie “the Laurel and Hardy Boys.”