The New Author Podcast

The New Author Podcast

For a while, I’ve been recording informal chats as I walk through the Devon fields with Lottie, and they began as exclusively for members.

But as I fell into a routine of recording a chat every week, it seemed sensible to offer the recordings in a way that everyone would find easy to access. The best way to deliver regular audio updates is via podcasts because there are lots of ways for listeners to follow along, so I went for it.

I’ve set up podcasts before, but even so, the business of getting them going is generally a bit fraught. But we’re there now, and you can listen via your favourite podcast app, your phone, your smart speaker, even your smart TV.

Searching for ‘Michael Campling podcast’ will find it for you, but it may also turn up my old podcast for writers (writing talk podcast) which I haven’t updated for a long time, although I would like to restart it.

For your convenience, here are links to the main channels:

I’ll still be posting the chats on this site, so you don’t have to do anything different. It’s all about giving you a choice.

I hope you enjoy listening, and if you have anything you’d like me to talk about, please comment or drop me a line – you can always reply to a newsletter.

Death at Blackingstone Rock Now Available as an ebook

Death at Blackingstone Rock Now Available as an ebook

The story of Death at Blackingstone Rock was originally conceived as a tale told through a series of emails, sent out in as near to real time as I could manage, and members of this site can still experience the story in that format. Membership of this site is free, and signing up for the story is free – click here to begin

I wanted to give readers the option of owning a complete set of all the emails in one volume, so I compiled all the messages into an ebook. (more…)

Book Giveaway – Historical Mysteries

Book Giveaway – Historical Mysteries

Edited on 10 August, 2021: This giveaway has ended and the winners have been notified. Thank you to everyone who took part.

From time to time I take part in giveaways and promotions such as this one.

Run by Booksweeps, which is a reputable company, this ebook giveaway gives you chances to win a bundle of 50 books and an ereader. (more…)

A Study in Stone – Sources

A Study in Stone – Sources

The History of the Kenning Family

NB: The Kenning family is entirely fictional.

Timothy Kenning marries Hester Williams 1899
Cyril born 1899
Gordon born 1900
Timothy dies in 1905
Cyril awarded the Croix de Guerre 1918
Cyril dies 1919
Gordon marries Diana Muir 1923
Gerald born 1925
Gerald Marries Helen Barker 1947
David is born 1948
David marries Julia Normanby 1968
Martin is born 1969
Deborah born 1970
Gordon dies 1972
Diana dies 1983
Gerald and Helen die 2005
In 2019:
David Kenning is 71
Martin Kenning is 50
Deborah Kenning is 49


Exeter history and photos

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Bovey Tracey Church

Ugbrooke House

Castle Drogo


Bethune Town Cemetery

Military Information

The Keep Military Museum

Military Ranks

Exeter Roll of Honour

The Devonshire Regiment

2nd Battalion The Devonshire Regiment

3rd Battalion The Devonshire Regiment

The battle of Bois des Buttes

The Devons at Bois des Buttes

Third Battle of Aisne

Devon Regiments

Codes and Ciphers

The Scytale Cipher decoded

I n · m e m
o r y · o f
· c y r i l
· k e n n i
n g · a · b
e l o v e d
· b r o t h
e r · t a k
e n · t o o
· s o o n ·
b y · t h e
· f o l l y
· o f · a ·
s e n s e l
e s s · w a
r . · · · ·

More on scytale ciphers

Caesar ciphers

Cracking Transposition Ciphers

Letter frequencies

Saint Sidwell

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Spanish Flu

Military Executions

Shot for Cowardice

Shot at Dawn

Desertion in WW I

Discussion of British Military Executions

Crimes and Courts Martial


“We will remember them” quote from For the Fallen (Robert Laurence Binyon )

“We are returning by the road we came” quote from To My Brother (Siegfried Sassoon)

Valley of Lies – Sources

Valley of Lies – Sources

These are some of my research sources for the mystery novel, Valley of Lies

Spoiler Alert!

If you haven’t read Valley of Lies, or you haven’t finished it yet, looking at this list may spoil the story.

In a mystery, clues are everything, so please don’t read this page unless you’ve finished the book. Thank you.

mad honey


police procedures


surveying and contaminated land


mountain bikes and shoes

Mystery in May – Sources

Mystery in May – Sources

Thank you very much for reading Mystery in May

I hope you enjoyed the book. It’s probably the most complex Devonshire Mystery to date, and there were certainly some challenging moments during the process of putting it together.

It’s always great to hear from readers, so if you have questions that aren’t answered here, or if you’d like to say hello, please drop me a line via the contact page.

Spoiler alert

Seeing the sources before you read the book will spoil the story, so please only look if you’ve finished the book.

Here’s a link to an online notebook that I used for gathering research material – please note that it contains links to sites that are not for minors, e.g. alcohol, crime, injury, knives:

Visit my Online Notebook

The notebook was made using Notion, but you don’t need an account to view it. Click on an item to see more details, and you can click through to the original sources if you wish.

At the time of writing, all the links were working, but I’m not responsible for these sites. If you have a problem with any of them, please let me know so that I can put it right.