Ask Me Anything, June 2022

Ask Me Anything, June 2022

I’m going to try a live AMA (Ask Me Anything) on YouTube.

I’ve scheduled it for 1 June at 7:00 pm BST

It will probably go horribly wrong, but hey, let’s give it a go. To watch or even better, to participate, visit the Youtube link below and you can set a reminder.

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Featured Photos – 30 May, 2022

Featured Photos – 30 May, 2022

It’s buttercup time in Devon, and on our regular walk, Lottie is getting bright yellow pollen all over her head as she sniffs her way through the flowers.

There are several photos of our regular walk, and a couple of shots from the Teign Valley where I went for a ride on my hybrid bike. I rode on the road and stopped in the woods to take photos. I didn’t ride along the stony track – I think you’d want a mountain bike for that. Mind you, the roads around here are full of potholes which is not great when you’re on two wheels.

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A Second Snippet of the new Devonshire Mystery

A Second Snippet of the new Devonshire Mystery

A second snippet from the upcoming Devonshire Mystery, Accomplice to Murder.

Another little piece from Chapter 1 of the next Devonshire Mystery. If you haven’t seen the first one, it’s here.

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In this excerpt, we’ll begin to see that despite the glossy setting of Dan’s new job, all is not quite as it seems.

Well, it is a mystery, after all.

This is an advance snippet, so it’s still a work in progress and probably contains errors and typos. There will be changes and corrections over the coming days, and I hope to share more as I tackle the rewrites.

Accomplice to Murder

Sample from Chapter 1

Footsteps ringing out on the polished granite floor snapped Dan out of his reverie, and he looked up to see a besuited man heading toward him. Dan hadn’t heard the lift arrive, and he noticed that the glass door at one side of the lobby was still swinging shut. He took the stairs, Dan thought. A young man in a hurry.

“Dan,” the man called out as he strode across the lobby. “Good morning.”

“Morning.” Dan pulled back his shoulders, hoping he looked more relaxed than he felt as he stepped forward to meet the new arrival. They shook hands, and the man’s grip was firm.

“I’m Joseph Clayton,” the man said. “But call me Joe. We like to keep things friendly around here.” Slim and fresh-faced, Joe exuded self-confidence and energy. His smile was genuine, and there was something about Joe’s manner that made Dan like him right away.

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A Chat with the Author Michael Campling – 24 May, 2022

A Chat with the Author Michael Campling – 24 May, 2022

Another chat, this one about my process and the progress of the upcoming Devonshire Mystery.

I recorded this while walking through the Devonshire countryside with our Labrador, Lottie.

If you have a question for me, please pop it in a comment or drop me a line and let me know. I’ll answer it as best as I can.

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Featured Photos – 23 May, 2022

Featured Photos – 23 May, 2022

We spent our 30th wedding anniversary in the small Devon village of Clovelly.

The village is unusual in that it is privately owned, and you have to pay to visit. This seems odd at first, but it means that the village has been preserved as a charming seaside village. Since no holiday homes are allowed, the place is a living village with an active community of residents.

The issue of second homes changing the character of small villages is a live one in Devon. Second homes often stand empty for part of the year, and they force up property prices, meaning that local people can’t afford to to buy, especially younger people who want to get a foothold on the property market. This can lead to an ageing population, with no younger people to get involved in the community and keep things going. I mention the issue in Valley of Lies, where Dan views the holiday homes with a different eye now that he’s becoming a local.

The books aren’t my soapbox, but I think it’s important to reflect the reality of modern life in rural Devon.

I hope you like the pictures. I haven’t captioned them as they are all in Clovelly. I think they’re self-explanatory, but if you’re a member of the site, please feel free to post questions in the comments.

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