“Arsenic and Mercy Quint” is based on true events in 1930’s Cornwall. It is a fascinating exploration into a series of wicked poisonings and an appalling although little known miscarriage of justice which left an innocent man both ruined and under a cloud of suspicion for the rest of his life.

The KINDLE version is now available for pre-order at Amazon and will be followed in a few days by the paper back version (also for pre-order). Both E book and paper back will be published 1 Janauary 2017, so start the New Year with another page-turner from this popular author.

Another 5* review for "Of Paradise and Pigs" by Jim Pearce in France,

"First class read, very amusing.
Some very typical French and expat characters.
I learned much about pigs and truffles.
Hope to see more from this author about France”

Well, GWL Publishers say they will not be offering me a contract for “Pigs Two” so it looks like I have been drummed out of the brownies, buttons taken off and stripes cut away! I want to get “Arsenic” out ASAP and after that I am undecided. I am not sure about doing “Pigs Two” on my own and may spend what time and energy I have left doing something about the pitfalls of Indie publishing, from agents who charge, courses on how to “become a writer” or a proof-reader, weekend seminars for would-be authors – and not forgetting my dear lady friend (dead now) who took out a bank loan for £25K (really!) to have the most awful bodice ripper I have ever read published and ended up with boxes and boxes of the hardback books in her garage, which are still there God-knows how many years after the poor woman’s death. Let’s see…...

I am hard at it, editing “Mercy Quint” and have a super cover done. I will try to get it out in Kindle for Christmas reading, but I get very tired nowadays and am inclined to doze off from time to time, I am afraid, but that may be more due to the scotch than my advanced age!

Thanks to my supporters and readers. Your comments and loyalty are much appreciated and I only hope that “Mercy” will match my previous endeavours.

Based on a cause celebre in 1930's Cornwall, a story of true evil and a great miscarriage of justice. Available in Kindle December.

I have been overwhelmed by the response to my posting regarding "Arsenic and Mercy Quint". Over 1700 responses of support and demands that I do not "give up". Amazing. I have always believed that Dr. Johnson was right when he said that anyone who writes a single word for any purpose other that financial gain is a "blockhead" but "a man could change, couldn't he?" I will push on with Arsenic and try to get it out at least on Kindle before Christmas. Oh - and thanks to everyone for kind support!
Well, the good news is that the contract for “Arsenic and Mercy Quint” has arrived. The bad news, the very, very, bad news is that the publishers have inserted what amounts to a form of penalty clause. This requires that if a specified number of books are not sold within the first twelve months following publication, they have the right to require payment by the author to them for costs of production of the book and this could be anywhere between five and fifteen thousand pounds. This clause was not in the contract for “Of Paradise and Pigs”.

This is a very serious departure. I have taken advice and it is clear that I cannot sign a contract framed in that manner. I now need to make decisions as to what to do, and at my age I do not need this. I have two books - “Arsenic” and “Pigs Two” - finished, but GWL will not publish without the contract which, as I say, I cannot sign.

My feeling is that I will stop altogether. I have enjoyed writing but it is thankless and the rewards are small. Over the years I have had many super reviews and countless favourable comments from readers. Success though, real success, lays in marketing and literary agents and publishers are both commercial entities and are there to make profit. It is quite clear that they will not spend money on the John Rigbeys when there is a host of celebrity criminals, footballers wives and disgraced politicians queuing at their doors.

Still, I shouldn’t have joined if I couldn’t take a joke, and it’s no good moaning!

I am very pleased to be able to say that my publishers, GWL Ltd., of Chichester, have agreed to send me a contract for "Arsenic and Mercy Quint." Their continued support and faith in my poor efforts is much appreciated. It is a good story, based on a case in Cornwall in 1930/1931, and I hope it will be well received. More news as I get it, but I am very, very happy!
Well, “Pigs Two” aka “Of Paradise and Miss Jane Pollitt” is finished and has been sent to the publishers and I am now in their hands – rather like waiting for the homework to come back. I have been asked to give a signed copy of “Pigs One” to be auctioned for Children in Need which I have been more than happy to do. I pointed out that the unsigned copies would be the rare ones, but it made no difference!

I'm going to have a break now, until after Christmas perhaps. Unless, of course, any silly ideas come into my mind and I feel compelled to write them down. After the US election, if Groper gets elected none of us are likely to be here for very long anyway, so it may not make too much difference!


I am coming to the end of “Pigs Two” and am reasonably happy. Whether the publishers will feel the same is a matter for conjecture and, I would imagine, may well hinge on how “Pigs One” has been received. It's a nice story, funny and sad, and I like to think entertaining, but what do I know?

I am tired and although the push to tell a story is still there, very often the energy and the inclination to move is lacking. I expect to hear if “Arsenic” has been accepted in a week or two and that will be a time for decisions, I suppose.

If I had known that getting old was such a bastard, it would have been a club I would not have joined! Still, the quack says I'm pretty good for my age and I've lost a lot of weight, so I may live long enough for my great-grand daughter to get to like me enough not to cover her eyes when she sees me – which is so depressing!