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U R Dead

Posted by Simon Parke, 19 Sep 2017

On holiday this year, I read my first Peter James thriller.

I have a particular interest.

He’s a local boy, a Brighton author, who writes about a Brighton detective, Roy Grace; while I write about a monk/detective, Abbot Peter,
just twelve miles along the coast in Stormhaven. (Real-life Seaford.)

So there’s the smell of the sea in both murder mystery series; but perhaps there the similarities end…

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Agatha Christie's most elusive mystery

Posted by Simon Parke, 16 Sep 2017

In 1926, Agatha Christie was already a successful author.

Her sixth novel, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, was selling well; she was a household name.

And then something strange happened: for eleven days in December of that year, she disappeared…

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Time is personal

Posted by Simon Parke, 16 Sep 2017

Has it ever struck you that time is a rather personal matter?

‘Time is the substance we are made of,’ wrote Jorge Luis Borges, the 20th C writer and philosopher.

We are flesh and bones…and the experience of time…

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Cover of The Indecent Death of a Madam

My latest novel in the Abbot Peter murder mystery series, The Indecent Death of a Madam, is published on 21 September by Marylebone House. What brings together the Stormhaven Etiquette Society, Model Services (the town’s only brothel) and Bybuckle Asylum, a desolate shell on the seafront that housed over 700 mental patients prior to the dubious dream of ‘care in the community’? A cold-blooded execution that both shocks and confounds.

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Mindful Lifebelts is an app to help when life is difficult; or preferably, to prevent it becoming so. The short meditations come in both written and audio form, spoken by Simon.

On this retreat, through teaching, meditation and silence, we’ll ponder the purpose and practice of mindfulness; we’ll consider how we engage with and process our thoughts and feelings and how, through such awareness, we might live more spacious and more present lives.

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