Merry Christmas!

The Christmas Blog

Little Happy, happy, happy, happy…

Christmas is coming; I’ll soon be feeling fat. Who’d have thought 2016 would have turned out – puts on Tommy Cooper fez – just like that. Yes, another Christmas is upon us and this most unsettling year is fast coming to a close. Thoughts on past and future are best left to New Year blogs, I feel, so as our wallets empty and our spirits rise, may I wish you all a very happy festive season.

I would also like to thank all those – and I am overwhelmed by how many there have been – who have kindly read and been so positive about The Rock and The Poisoned Rock novels. Tamara Sullivan and Gus Broderick seem to have excited and entertained many readers over the past year, and their Gibraltar murder investigations continue next year with the publication of The Killing Rock. If you are not already a subscriber to the series, please click on “Become a VIP” here or above and pick up a free Sullivan and Broderick ghost story set on Gibraltar. Christmas is a time for ghost stories, and hopefully, Tunnel Vision will send a tingle down your spine.

Other breaking news is the announcement of a new, stand-alone, thriller. Progeny will tell the story of a major serial killer investigation. Chief Inspector Izi Afolabi and D.S Leyland Flynn of the London Metropolitan Police Service, lead an increasingly desperate investigation into a series of murders being carried out in different countries by a deranged and ruthless killer. The murderer always uses the same distinctive modus operandi, but nothing else seems to add up, as the two detectives fight to stop a killing spree that appears to have no rhyme or reasons.

Progeny will be published early summer 2017.

On the recent acting front, I had a very pleasant November working on Midsomer Murders. Can’t believe it’s nearly ten years since I paid my last visit to the murder capital of Britain. Neil Dudgeon leads the show now and, like John Nettles before him, makes a splendid job of things.

I am now getting ready to film An Unkind Word, in which I play the least sexy MP in Parliament. Shouldn’t be much of a challenge after my Christmas indulgencies are completed.

To finish, here’s one of my favourite Christmas stories. A Leeds primary school was staging its Christmas Nativity play. The cast of ten-year-old students had rehearsed the modern dress production for weeks, and the first, and only performance was underway before a packed school hall of semi-anxious parents. After the birth of Jesus in a barn, the later scenes of the play unusually portrayed Mary and Joseph bringing up the young Jesus. The teachers had also encouraged their pupils to improvise text if they felt so inclined.

As the curtains parted for the last scene of the play, the audience were greeted by the sight of Mary, at home, doing some ironing. Enter Joseph after a busy day at work. He drops his tool bag by the door, takes off his coat and turns to his wife…

JOSEPH: So Mary, how’s our Jesus been then?

Mary puts down her iron, wipes her brow and replies…

MARY:   Don’t talk to me about Jesus. He’s been a right little bugger all day!

Happy Christmas everyone and as the late, great Dave Allen used to say…may your God go with you.

‘The Poisoned Rock’ is out and you can Win a Kindle Fire Tablet!

The Poisoned Rock is out and you can win a Kindle Fire Tablet!

Win a Kindle Fire Tablet today!

Today is the big day! The Poisoned Rock is out on Amazon and we’re celebrating by giving away a Kindle Fire Tablet (7″, Wi-Fi, 8MB) to one lucky reader who leaves a review (just your honest opinion) on Amazon BEFORE Midnight (GMT) on Saturday 1 October!

Robert will pull a name out of a hat and announce the winner, Sunday 2 October, LIVE on Facebook! Don’t miss your chance for a scorching read and the chance to WIN a KINDLE FIRE TABLET!

Just click the link below and grab your copy of The Poisoned Rock TODAY on Amazon!

Click here to buy The Poisoned Rock on Amazon!

Click here to buy The Poisoned Rock on Amazon!

 

Contest Terms and Conditions are as follows:

The contest is open to UK residents only and runs from Wednesday, 14 September to 11:59 pm Saturday, 1 October, 2016. Anyone entering after this time will not be eligible for the prize. Only one entry per person will be allowed. The winner’s name will be drawn at random and announced LIVE on Facebook on Sunday, 2 October. It is the responsibility of the winner to contact us at: info@robertdaws.net to provide shipping details for the prize.

The Rock, Poisoned Rock and Murder Mystery Plays

Am currently touring with the newly formed Classic Thriller Company. Rehearsal for Murder is a play set in London’s West End and is a piece written by the creators of Columbo and Murder She Wrote. Although a critically unfashionable genre, the stage thriller seems to be hugely popular with audiences around the country. Happily we are playing to terrific houses and the response is greatly encouraging for the company and all involved in it.

With my second Sullivan and Broderick murder mystery – The Poisoned Rock – about to be published on Kindle and a third being edited, I’m pretty much overwhelmed with clues, plot twists and cunning psychopaths to hunt down. My first crime novella – The Rock – is also being developed for television and moving at quite a swift pace. I’m very much enjoying the collaboration and plethora of exciting ideas the process is generating. Hopefully, Sullivan and Broderick of the Royal Gibraltar Police Force will have both a screen and page life to look forward to. The result of all this is that I am slowly being dragged into the modern age with both a Twitter and Facebook Author’s Page. For an old fashioned boy, it’s all a bit ‘Beam me up Scotty’.