Peter Tickler Launches Blood in the Marsh… with ice-cream

Blood on the Marsh by Peter TicklerOn 28 October 2012, Peter Tickler launched his new crime novel, Blood in the Marsh, at George and Delila’s Ice-Cream Café in Oxford.

Launching a crime novel in an ice-cream café? Isn’t that a bit, well, odd? Maybe. But actually George and Delila’s in Oxford’s Cowley Road was the obvious place. Firstly because it appears more than once in Blood in the Marsh. Secondly because Cowley Road and East Oxford is very much the milieu which typifies my crime. And thirdly because books and ice-creams go together like … well not like bacon and eggs, but actually really well nevertheless.

The fact is that the launch was a blast! Two scoops of the best ice cream for the price of one; a sorbet named for the night after my book; loads of happy faces; a journalist from the Oxford Times; lots of books signed and sold. I am not sure what some of the students who had gone there for a quiet pore over their laptops made of it, but at the end of it I came away happy and exhausted. The first draft of the next Blood in Oxford murder is waiting on my desk calling, and finally I am able to give it my attention!

Peter Tickler

Blood on the Marsh is available to purchase now with a limited time only discount of 30%

OUT NOW: Blood on the Marsh by Peter Tickler

Blood on the Marsh by Peter TicklerPeter Tickler has lived and worked in Oxford for nearly thirty years. He also studied at the University of Oxford, reading classics at Keble College. Previously a successful non-fiction author, Tickler turned his hand to novels in 2008 when Robert Hale published his first crime thriller, Blood on the Cowley Road. The second of his Blood in Oxford series, Blood in Grandpont, was published in 2010.

Blood on the Marsh Official Blurb

When an old woman dies in a care home, it should be a gentle return to duty for DI Holden. But the evidence of drugs misuse suggests otherwise and, as Holden investigates, cracks appear in the emotional fabric of Sunnymede Care Home. As staff, doctors, and family fall under the glare of investigation, Holden finds her own stress levels rising, and then another death follows, this time unequivocally murder.

In this, the third of Peter Tickler’s Blood in Oxford series, Holden and her team find themselves racing to prevent further bloodshed as a killer runs amok in the grimy setting of Oxford’s back streets.

Praise for the Author

‘Deliciously thrilling and wildly unpredictable’ – Oxford Today

‘Enough cliff-hangers to keep the reader turning the pages as the bodies pile up’ – Oxford Times

‘A fantastic read’ – Oxford United News

Blood on the Marsh is available to purchase now with a limited time only discount of 30%

Blood on the Marsh by Peter Tickler

Peter Tickler on his Oxford-based ‘Blood On…’ Series

Blood on the Marsh by Peter TicklerPeter Tickler has lived and worked in Oxford for nearly thirty years. He also studied at the University of Oxford, reading classics at Keble College. Previously a successful non-fiction author, Tickler turned his hand to novels in 2008 when Robert Hale published his first crime thriller Blood on the Cowley Road. The second of his Blood in Oxford series, Blood in Grandpont, was published in 2010. Here, he tells us where the Blood on… series all began…

Write about what you know. It’s an old adage, and for me it makes absolute sense. When I decided to try writing fiction, it was always going to be crime. Not because I have a huge personal experience of crime (none that I’m admitting to, anyway!), but because that was what I enjoyed reading – and indeed watching – on TV. But when it came to location, it had to be Oxford. I had lived some twenty-five years of my life there, as well as being a student for four years before that, so Oxford was what I knew – and loved. And it was Town not Gown that really interested me, the side streets and residential area of what might be termed non-tourist Oxford – the bits you rarely see on the TV programme ‘Lewis’. I’m also a great Oxford United fan. That is my Achilles heel, and so it is inevitable that Oxford United and its fans appear in my books. Of course these fans are entirely fictional, as are all the characters in my books. Only the dogs are real!

My first book, Blood on the Cowley Road, had as its central focus a mental health day centre, and again this derived from my own personal interest. Looking back at the three novels now available through Robert Hale Ltd – and indeed at the first draft of my fourth Blood book – I realize that I have continued to write about what I know. My characters are ordinary people: dentists and picture framers, lorry drivers and care workers, plumbers and administrators. And by and large they have the same sort of problems and lives that most of us will be able to recognize. Except that lurking there is the ever present possibility that they will suffer or commit murder.

My lead detective, DI Susan Holden, who lives in an unexceptional little Victorian terrace in South Oxford, has her own problems, of course. Don’t fictional detectives always have problems!? In her case, one of her problems is her mother. Or perhaps it is she who is a problem for her mother? She also has a high irritability rating and she – but I’ve given away enough….

Peter Tickler

Peter Tickler’s new book Blood on the Marsh is published tomorrow, with his previous titles, Blood on the Cowley Road and Blood in Grandpont, also available.

Blood on the Cowley Road and Blood in Grandpont are also available on ebook from all good ebook retailers.