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Growing up under the wide East Anglian skies, made famous by artist John Constable, and a love of Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham and DL Sayers, inspired Clare to write her 'Constable Country Mysteries'. The first in the series, 'Writer's Block', about the untimely death of muck raking social climber Daniel Flynn, was published in May 2014. 'Still Waters' was the second in the series and 'Tailor Made' rounds out the trilogy.

Likewise, living in Manhattan and loving the black and white movies starring William Powell (The Thin Man) and Humphrey Bogart (The Maltese Falcon and many others) inspired Clare to write her middle grade fiction Tween noir books, 'The Bella Street Mysteries'. The first two titles, The Secret Formula' and 'Doc Gutson'
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The Secret Formula (Bella S...

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I have been reading a diverse selection of books this month including Michael Morpurgo's 'Song for Mrs Pettigrew' which intersperses fact and fiction and which I absolutely loved. I got the book out of the library but will be buying my own copy! Michael Morpurgo's book explores ideas of loss and belonging, a theme also prevalent in Kate Morton's novel, 'The Di... Read more of this blog post »
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Description: When Freddie and Jamie Bellamy find themselves having back in time, they discover they must solve the mystery that has cursed their family for years. How Freddie, her brother Jamie and their parents protect the Bellamy Bird, a fabled jewelled statue, with the help of some mischievous schoolboys and a group of sailing mad children makes for an exciting and special mixture of vintage children's adventure and whodunnit. 'A magical book!' Liz, Amazon
'A Bella Street Mystery: Doc Gutson's Revenge' (Children's Books)
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Description: The sequel to 'A Bella Street Mystery: The Secret Formula' sees Doc Gutson in prison and Bella and her Mom in Europe, but what happens when the Doc escapes and follows Bella to London? Can Felix warn Bella in time? And what exactly is Excalibur and why is Bella's Mom so anxious to protect it?
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West with the Night by Beryl Markham
“After that, work and hope. But never hope more than you work”
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West with the Night by Beryl Markham
"This memoir was so lovingly written that I'm going to have to reread it to fully appreciate it.

Beryl Markham was born in England but moved to Kenya with her family when she was 4. She has amazing stories about surviving a lion attack, becoming a b..." Read more of this review »
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Best book I have read for ages. Highly recommended for everyone who loves the art of story telling.
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Nice who done it with lots of twists and turns , This book makes you think and once the puzzle is solved more questions appear. "
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“Ah ha!' the Doc screeched suddenly, wheeling around. ''The salicylic acid! Maybe it SHOULD have been heated first!”
Clare Havens, The Secret Formula

“Just making the cement now, only takes five minutes."
"I did it in four once," Pauly whispered boastfully to Johnny, "but if I'm honest, I was never completely happy that it set properly."
"Who was it for?"
"Big Joe the Hammer."
"Oh, yeah," Johnny nodded. "Didn't I hear he was spotted in Vegas a few weeks back?"
Pauly nodded morosely.
"Yeah, like I said, I didn't think it had set properly.”
Clare Havens, The Secret Formula

“Ah ha!" the Doc screeched suddenly, wheeling around. "The salicylic acid! Maybe it SHOULD have been heated first!”
Clare Havens, The Secret Formula

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“Just making the cement now, only takes five minutes."
"I did it in four once," Pauly whispered boastfully to Johnny, "but if I'm honest, I was never completely happy that it set properly."
"Who was it for?"
"Big Joe the Hammer."
"Oh, yeah," Johnny nodded. "Didn't I hear he was spotted in Vegas a few weeks back?"
Pauly nodded morosely.
"Yeah, like I said, I didn't think it had set properly.”
Clare Havens, The Secret Formula

“The streets were dark with something more then night.”
Raymond Chandler

“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.”
Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories

“Never laugh at live dragons.”
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“After that, the book will fade, the way all books fade in your mind. But I hope you will remember this:
A man walking fast down a dark lonely street. Quick steps and hard breathing, all wonder and need. A bell above a door and the tinkle it makes. A clerk and a ladder and warm golden light, and then: the right book exactly, at exactly the right time.”
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