More London Pictures

Okay, here are a few more pictures from London. One of the more interesting areas we visited was Neal’s Yard, a small alley that is quirky, artsy, and very pretty. Definitely worth a look if you’re in the Seven Dials/Covent Garden area. I toyed briefly with the idea of killing off some future person there (that’s the mind of a mystery writer) but decided against it. However, as I spent a brief, miserable time in St. Katharine Docks, I expect someone may die there in my next Hetheridge book, Blue Blooded.

Some of the prettiness in Neal's Yard.

Some of the prettiness in Neal’s Yard.

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Above is Green Park. It was chilly to me that day (we bought scarves early on) but as you can see, lots of people were out and about, soaking up the sunshine, despite the brisk wind. A few were even sitting rather stubbornly in striped deck chairs, completely bundled up in coat, scarf, and hat, but enjoying the fresh air and sun all the same.

Buckingham Palace gates.

Buckingham Palace gates.

Another one of my photo pics again, rather improperly framed, but I was too excited to take good perfectly proportioned snapshots. (Is that an excuse?) Next time I’ll do better.

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There’s a super close up so you can enjoy all the heraldic detail. For more about the Royal Parks in London, go here. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I’ll be spending it writing (as I should) but I’ll be back on Monday.

Red Nose Day!

I said I’d be back with more London pictures, but I forgot today is the first ever US version of Red Nose Day. It’s a very worthy charity dedicated to helping children in poverty, and dear to my heart. Learn about it here.

It's me with the red nose to help children living in poverty.

It’s me with the red nose to help children living in poverty.

Here’s a famous supporter of the campaign:

James McAvoy for red Nose Day.

James McAvoy for red Nose Day.

And one more:

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Pictures from the V & A, London

Here are some more pictures from my London trip in March. These were taken at the Victoria & Albert Museum. If you’re not familiar with the V & A, it has dozens of exhibits on a wide variety of subjects. I was particularly captivated by fancy dress through the ages. (Must be the Victorian and Regency aficionado in me.)

Here's a lovely old gown.

Here’s a lovely old gown.

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A splendid reproduction.

 

That very familiar image above, seemingly Michelangelo’s David , is from the V & A’s Cast Collection. Art students who couldn’t afford to travel all the way to Rome to seek out great works and study their lines would instead view reproductions made from plaster casts. Many such reproductions are on display at the V & A.

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More from the Cast Court.

 

This cast of a figure by Giambologna looks a little familiar too, eh? It’s Samson Slaying a Philistine, though, not Hercules Beating the Centaur Nessus.

More pictures tomorrow!

More Random London Pics

Once again, for anyone who doesn’t know, I visited London in March, but got too caught up in finishing my latest book to post all the pictures. Here are a few more of my favorites.

Me in an Anderson shelter in the Imperial War Museum.

Me in an Anderson shelter in the Imperial War Museum.

Getting the chance to sit in an authentic Anderson shelter was quite an experience. It was so small! Dr. Bones will have one in his back garden in book #2, the upcoming Divorce Can Be Deadly. Poor man, I don’t think it will be too comfortable for him and Mrs. Cobblepot, trying to rest out there in the winter, an inch of water on the earth floor (that was a big problem with Anderson shelters) while wondering if a bomb will flatten Fenton House. Or if a direct hit will send them both to kingdom come. And to think entire families used to spend hours in these things–Dad, Mum, two or three fidgeting, miserable kids, and perhaps a crying baby in arms.

Another shot from the Imperial War Museum.

Another shot from the Imperial War Museum.

I love this interior of a "typical home" during the Blitz.

I love this interior of a “typical home” during the Blitz.

All right, those were of course just a few gems. More tomorrow! Now, I need to work on that next book.

Random London Photos

As many of you know, I visited London in March. And I took a TON of pictures, but only had time to upload a few to Facebook. Then the demands of Black & Blue took over, and while I could have come here and spent 5 minutes uploading pics, it would have looked like I wasn’t even trying to get the book done. ;) But now that it’s out, let me pause in the midst of today’s writing and post a few.

My view from the hotel in Kensington when I arrived.

My view from the hotel in Kensington when I arrived.

Walking around Kensington by night. You know, it's probably just an office building or something, but I was so in love, I was snapping photos of everything I saw.

Walking around Kensington by night. You know, it’s probably just an office building or something, but I was so in love, I was snapping photos of everything I saw.

One of those West End doorways DS Bhar always seems to find himself knocking on.

One of those West End doorways DS Bhar always seems to find himself knocking on.

I was such a tourist, in love with every old lamppost, black lacquered fence, and bit of brick.

I was such a tourist, in love with every old lamppost, black lacquered fence, and bit of brick.

Friday Photos

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Some great photos I had to share!

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I have a variety for you today, taken over the last two or three weeks.

Let’s start with a dragonfly. No matter how often I see them, I always want to take photos. 

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It’s Here!

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Black & Blue (Lord & Lady Hetheridge #4) went live on Amazon a few hours ago. I’ll update you again when it appears on BN.com, iTunes, etc. And I hope to have a paperback edition available in a couple of weeks.

Many thanks to all my readers for giving this book a warm welcome. I’m ever so grateful!

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