Christmas Mince Pies

After I published Holly, Baubles and Murder, many of my readers emailed with wonderful memories of tasting mince pies. Others, after reading about Meg, Lord Abermarle’s cook, asked how they were made. When I was in Kenya, running my cafe and farm shop, I produced upwards of 1,000 mince pies each year, along with Christmas[…]

Mario’s JOURNEY

Mario lay in a long shaft of sunlight on the floor of the music room alcove in Windrush Hall.  Using his paws, he pushed himself into a sitting position and gazed out of the French windows to the garden his mistress had created. Those had been fun times.  He’d followed her outside and as she[…]

Mama Rose’s Christmas Gifts

“Is that everything, Kipto?” Mama Rose Hardie stood in the kitchen of her one-bedroom thatched cottage on the edge of Nanyuki, a market town in the shadow of Mount Kenya, three hours’ drive north of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.  In her early 60s, she was tall and thin, with a face lined from yours of working[…]

5 Facts About Nanyuki, Laikipia County, Kenya

Nanyuki is three hour’s drive north of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, and was founded in 1907 by British settlers.  It grew economically mainly due to the farms it served throughout Laikipia county.  There is still an old railway line that once linked the town with Nairobi.  Mount Kenya dominates the view to the south-east of the[…]

The Meaning of ‘Kanga’ in the Kenya Kanga Mystery Series

Fowl Murder is the first book in the Kenya Kanga mystery series. Where does the title for this series come from? ‘Kanga’ has two meanings in Kiswahili, the national language of Kenya. The first is ‘guinea fowl’. Most commonly seen in Kenya are flocks of red or blue-wattled helmeted guinea fowl, with white spots on[…]