The Seagull Said Murder*

“Ack ack ack ack ack,” a gull says. “Ack ack squawk aaaacccckkkk,” another gull says. “Ack ack ack squawk ack squawk,” the first gull says. “Woo hoo woo hoo woo hoo,” a wood pigeon says. “Ack ack ack ack ack,” a gull says. It is 6.30am and am awake now.  The Dawn Chorus has been […]

The Sea, The Sea*

Seb is still asleep.  Have been awake since 7.20am.  It’s now 10.01am.  Don’t understand how he can sleep for sooooooo long in the morning.   Sunlight streams through the thin curtains.  Can hear the roar of the sea and the screeching of the gulls. We’re missing a beautiful day out there.  Just want to walk […]

Murder In Store*

“Look, there’s a Parsonage section,” I say to my colleague.  We’re in Marks and Spencer, or that’s what it says on the outside of the shop anyway.  Inside, it’s full of furniture and ornaments and decorative items: chairs, sofas, jewellery boxes, soft furnishings.   “What’s a parsonage?” She says. “It’s where a parson lives,” I […]

The Cat Who Saw Stars*

Waking up with a start, I fumble for my watch.  5.15am.  Ah, the joy of hot flushes.  Sipping from my water bottle, wiping my sweat-drenched face with the towel that now lives on the floor next to my bed, I put on my Body Scan CD. After listening to it twice, I’m still awake.  No […]