Milly Reynolds the Crime and General Fiction Author

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

Finished at last.

Have finally finished the first draft of the next Mike Malone – provisional title, ‘See How She Runs’. Hopefully, after editing, it should be available on Kindle mid September – or earlier if I can manage it.

It doesn’t actually seem right to be so happy at finishing a book when everyone is reflecting upon the tragic news of the death of Robin Williams. I grew up with ‘Mork and Mindy’ and my son grew up watching ‘Flubber’, ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Jumanji’ to name a few before moving onto the brilliant ‘Good Will Hunting’. He was a man who brought joy and laughter to many, so sad that there wasn’t enough joy in his own life. Rest in Peace.


Windy days and nights

Wow, what a blustery weekend. Luckily, we were not too badly affected here. I don’t know about you, but I can put up with strong winds in the daylight, I just don’t like listening to them rattling around the house at night when I can’t see what is happening. In fact, there’s nothing better than sitting in the garden on a bright sunny day like today and listening to the wind in the trees. Just not at night please, my imagination always runs riot and I can’t sleep.

Liverpool and The Beatles

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I have just returned from my first ever visit to Liverpool and I thorougly enjoyed it. One of the highlights was a ‘Beatles Tour’. Now I grew up in the 60s (that’s given my age away) and I had posters of the Beatles all over my bedroom wall. Therefore it was fascinating to be taken around Liverpool to see the areas where the four lads grew up and the schools they went to. So sad that Ringo’s house is boarded up, one invisible house among streets of boarded up terraces and is in a part of Liverpool that the powers that be are arguing over – demolish or renovate. Whether you liked the music or not, these four put Liverpool on the map and so it is a shame that part of their past is possiblly being consigned to the wrecker’s ball. I also wasn’t aware how much each of the four have put back, and are putting back, into the community of Liverpool either. They are to be applauded. A super tour.2014-08-03 13.10.43 2014-08-03 17.28.58

Cracked crowns and first paperbacks

“I’d like to see the dentist, please.”

“Can you come at two thirty?”

Dreadful joke. I apologise. But after my trip to the dentist today, I needed cheering up. I have a cracked crown and have to have it replaced. I hate dentists, I’m scared of dentists. So the last thing I wanted to hear today was that I need to make two more appointments to have my old crown removed and a new one fitted. I HATE PAIN! As my appointment isn’t until November, at least I’ll have chance to build up my courage – and my bank balance.

Still, on a brighter note, the proof of ‘Happy Death’ arrived today. I’m now trying to get my ebooks into paperback. ‘Woolly Murders’ is already available as a paperback, and now, within a couple of days or so, the second Mike Malone will be joining it on the Amazon site.

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More work for me, I’ll have to set about getting ‘The Hanged Cow’ ready for paperback now. It would be nice to get that on the shelves before Christmas. But first, I need to finish the present Mike Malone. Nearly 25000 words so far. Wish me luck.


A Woman’s Work?

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When my mother died ten years ago, I moved several boxes from her loft to mine, and they have stayed there, untouched until recently. One interesting item that I came across – well, three interesting items – was a collection of books that belonged to my grandmother containing various tips, hints and recipes for a housewife/mother in the early 1900s. My grandmother married my grandfather during WW1. I spent a fascinating morning reading through these books and considering what life was like for a housewife then. Did anyone give you instructions on ‘The Art of Washing Up’? And what about the tip for tieing a piece of ribbon to a saucepan handle so that you don’t forget it is on the stove. These, along with hints for cleaning a tiger-skin rug, starching a collar and recipes for ‘Mock Duck’ and ‘Red and Yellow Eggs’ meant that I had a very pleasant morning – a morning when I was very grateful for my dishwasher and my Dyson.

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.





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