Milly Reynolds the Crime and General Fiction Author

Creator of crime sleuths Mike Malone and Jack Sallt and writer of other general fiction

Who needs cars?


Get your vehicle off the road if possible and warn other traffic by using your hazard warning lights


Cars! Wouldn’t the world be a lot better if everyone walked everywhere? Everyone would be forced to slow down and there certainly wouldn’t be these horrendous pile-ups on motorways. We would have time on our hands, there would be no wars over oil, pollution would be reduced.

Of course there are negatives to every idea. Not being able to visit family easily, having to carry heavy bags home from the supermarket.

So, why the contemplation about positives and negatives of cars? Simple. A car that refused to start this morning and suddenly the day is in turmoil because life revolves around these petrol-guzzling beasts. Without them we can’t function and I am guilty as charged.

Still, it got fixed – and – while I was ‘trapped’ within four walls I made two soups for the freezer, a loaf of bread and wrote 1000 words.

Who needs cars?


Lazy Sunday

2014-07-25 19.03.07Such a beautiful day again today; the weather is certainly spoiling us. Sitting by the river earlier, a lovely family of swans swam up to us. They were looking for food but, sadly, we didn’t have any to throw to them. Next time I will be more prepared. So, all in all, a lovely lazy day in the sun catching up on my reading. My book at the moment is ‘I Am Pilgrim’ and I am about a quarter of the way through, not a bad read. I’ll go back to Mike Malone tomorrow.




Favourite books.



If someone asked you which is your favourite book of all time, what would you reply? I love reading and usually read 40/50 books every year, but my answer never alters. Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’. I avoided this book for years, wrongly assuming that it was like the Hammer Horror version of the story. However, when I was ‘forced’ to read it as part of my degree, I was immediately bewitched. The humanity of the story gets to me every time. I have lost time of the number of times that I have re-read it. I adore it with a passion and every time I am reduced to tears. If you have never read it – give it a try. You might just love it.

Although I wasn’t lucky enough to see the National Theatre production of the book starring Benedict Cumberbatch, I did see the National Theatre Live production at the local cinema and the only word to describe it was breath-taking. It was true to the novel, it took no liberties and was incredibly moving.

So, that is my favourite book of all time. What’s yours?

Long Time No See.

Wow, I’ve really neglected this blog and I feel so guilty about it. Sometimes life just gets in the way. So much for giving up the day job, I’ve spent the last academic year teaching full time again. I fell into a really nice school and they asked me to stay on – so I did. Now it’s the school holidays so I can start to catch up on writing again and everything else that I intended to do.

A new Mike Malone is in the pipeline. About 20,000 words in so far. I’d like to get it finished during the 6 weeks break. If this glorious weather keeps up, I can see long afternoons in the garden with the lap-top on my knee, hopefully not succumbing to afternoon naps.

Other jobs for the 6 weeks holiday – clearing the loft – the house is in serious need of decluttering. And most important of all, catching up on the friends that I have neglected recently because I’ve been busy. 24 hours in a day just isn’t enough sometimes.

New Mike Malone!


The one thing I like about school holidays is that it gives me time to myself which means writing time. So, the new Mike Malone is now available. No 8 in the series and the bodies keep piling up. Although I must stress that in reality, my home town is not half as dangerous as it appears in the books. I’d love to know what reader think of it.

As I look from my kitchen window, I can finally see daffodils and my cat who really disgraced himself yesterday. My son has been painting the utility room for me and my cat decided to put his foot in the paint. Neither of us realised until I went to use my laptop and it had blue paint smeared across it, as did the kitchen table and the chair and the kitchen floor and the hall carpet and the stair carpet and the bath! My cat likes to drink out of taps. It was so funny that we couldn’t really stay mad at him – and his foot is still a little bit blue.

Is Spring here yet?

English: an especially delightful and close-up...

English: an especially delightful and close-up photo taken of a daffodil purchased at a local market (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been a bit naughty with my posts again, sorry. I’ve re-read my last one and I see that I

am talking about Spring. I am still waiting. I am sitting here wrapped up as the heating has gone wrong, still waiting to see the burst of yellow in the garden from the daffodils which have usually flowered long before now. The trees are late to bud and its the bird/wildlife that I feel sorry for. I think that breeding this year will be severely threatened unless Spring gets its boots on and hurries up.

I want to be warm!!!!

Where did the time go?

English: Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) Some of...

English: Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) Some of the millions of snowdrops carpeting the woods by the River Deveron. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can’t believe that it is nearly 6 weeks since I posted anything. Where has the time gone?
Teaching! Supply teaching was supposed to give me more time, but I seem to be working full time. Admittedly, I’m not marking or planning, but I am still exhausted after a day standing in front of pupils who don’t really want to be there. When did kids become so unresponsive and disinterested?
At least spring is around the corner – or is it? I have snowdrops in my garden, a sign that it is behind a wall, peeking, and waiting to pounce. Warm weather would be so nice.
Now a week off for half-term and I have a list of things that I want to achieve – a huge chunk of Mike Malone’s next outing among them. Nearly 12,000 words written so far. How many will I actually get done – I’ll let you know.
But, for me, the highlight will be going to see ‘Les Miserables’ the movie. I think I must be the only person who hasn’t yet seen it. I have had the soundtrack for ages and will have to chew lots of toffees to stop myself singing along. I can just imagine my husband’s face if I suddenly burst into song beside him. I don’t think he’d ever speak to me again!


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