Clare Havens

'The streets were dark with something more than night…' Raymond Chandler

Date archives November 2014


Thanksgiving Sale!

Writer’s Block and The Bellamy Bird are now ON SALE on Amazon! The ebooks are currently $2.99 each down from $3.50! Perfect timing for some Holiday reading for when you are curled up on the couch watching the snow falling outside!


New review for The Bellamy Bird!

Another five star review on Amazon for The Bellamy Bird! Carolynfromoz wrote ‘This is an excellent children’s/YA adventure story also enjoyed by this older reader…heaps of adventure and sleuthing for young and old. Lots of good fun’.

Thanks Carolynfromoz!


Amazon review challenge!

If you have not already posted a review on Amazon for A Bella Street Mystery: The Secret FormulaDoc Gutson’s RevengeThe Bellamy Bird or Writer’s Block please head over to Amazon now and do so! I am aiming for 100 reviews of each title as it all helps with the mighty Amazon algorithms! THANK YOU so much for your support! If you have not yet read one of my books or are missing one from your collection, please email me at and I will gift you an ebook copy of the title of your choice!


Thank you!

…to the 758 Goodreads members that entered to win one of ten copies of the paperback of The Bellamy Bird, a book that author Julia Jones has said is in the ‘School of Ransome‘! The winners come from as diverse places as Arizona and Prince Edward Island and I am thrilled to send out the books to you. I hope you enjoy reading The Bellamy Bird as much as I enjoyed writing it!


Book discovery of the year! ‘The Salt-Stained Book’ by Julia Jones

I recently joined The Arthur Ransome Society, driven by my love of Swallows and AmazonsIn one of their publications I read a book review of The Salt-Stained Book by Julia Jones which is part one of The Strong Winds series of Ransome-inspired adventures set in the modern day.

I was very excited to come across this series which promised to be a similar genre to my book The Bellamy Bird and I was not disappointed! The Salt-Stained Book is a wonderful adventure story that will thrill fans of Swallows and Amazons but which will also be very popular with children who have never sailed and who have not read any Arthur Ransome books. Of particular delight to me was the fact the the story was set exactly where I grew up, literally the same reservoir where I learned to sail an Optimist (Alton Water) and the River Stour which I could see from my bedroom window and where my siblings and I used to ‘mud-skate’ and row tiny pontoons! I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with an adventurous heart and/or a love of the books of Arthur Ransome and other children’s books written in the 1920s and 30s. Read my five star Amazon review here.

Another reason I was so pleased to come across Julia Jones’ writing is that she is an expert on the works of crime writer Margery Allingham (one of my all-time favourite authors, along with PG Wodehouse, DL Sayers and Agatha Christie) and her family. I will be reading Julia’s Allingham booksas soon as I finish The Strong Winds series.

I am hoping to ask Julia to allow me to interview her for this site and I will certainly be doing a Salt-Stained Book giveaway in the coming months!

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