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Rosie Aims High Commemorates a Raccoon’s Epic Climb!

Posted by Marion Leigh on May 16, 2016 . 0 Comments

Rosie Aims High Commemorates a Raccoon’s Epic Climb!

33 years ago, on May 19, 1983, a 3-month old raccoon climbed more than halfway up the South Tower of the Royal Bank Plaza, then the tallest skyscraper in Toronto, Canada. According to next day’s Montreal Gazette, the crowd that gathered nicknamed the raccoon “Ricky” and watched him climb the outside of the iconic gold building to the 23rd floor. People let out a cheer as he climbed onto the window washing scaffold that had been lowered from the roof to rescue him.

Living in Toronto at that time, Marion Leigh was fascinated by the raccoon’s exploit and thought it would make a good tale for children. She dashed off a short story about Ricky, called The Expedition. This languished in a drawer for over two decades until Marion had time to think seriously about writing.

After publishing The Politician’s Daughter, the first adventure thriller...

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The Monaco Grand Prix from the deck of a megayacht

Posted by Marion Leigh on May 07, 2016 . 0 Comments

The Monaco Grand Prix from the deck of a megayacht

Where better to view the Monaco Grand Prix than from the deck of a megayacht? Imagine the Formula 1 cars shooting past the stern of the boat 78 times. Race dates for 2016 are May 26 – 29. Don León, the charismatic anti-hero of The Politician’s Daughter, Marion Leigh’s first adventure thriller, would surely be there on Titania, his 70-metre blue-hulled beauty if he could. For the occasion, he would no doubt move his incandescent orange Lamborghini Murciélago from its usual position on the aft deck. Maybe he would even get to try out the circuit through his connections to the rich and famous.

In Marion Leigh’s novel, RCMP Marine Unit Sergeant Petra Minx battles to find Emily Mortlake, the politician’s daughter who has disappeared after taking a hostess job on board Titania. Petra joins Don León’s yacht in Monaco to begin her quest. She loves boats...

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A Tribute to the World’s Favourite Bard

Posted by Marion Leigh on April 18, 2016 . 0 Comments

A Tribute to the World’s Favourite Bard

After the excitement of the London Book Fair, we move into Shakespeare Week and continue to celebrate the four hundredth anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death on April 23, 1616. According to history.com, Shakespeare wrote about a million words over 20 years. By my calculation, that represents fifty thousand words per annum, or half the length of a modern novel. Many writers produce far more than that each year, but they are simply not in the same league as Shakespeare. 

Growing up in Birmingham, England, I was not far away from Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-on-Avon, and loved it from my first visit. I still remember exploring Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage, which looked just as it did in one of my jigsaw puzzles. In my late teens, I often went to Stratford with a friend to spend the weekend at the youth hostel there. We would queue for last-minute tickets...

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Beware the beautiful lionfish

Posted by Marion Leigh on April 14, 2016 . 0 Comments

Beware the beautiful lionfish

As a writer, I am constantly filing away snippets of information to use in my novels, and as a boater, I read lots of boating magazines. So when I came across an article on the Indo-Pacific lionfish in BoatU.S. Magazine, I tore it out for future reference. Until then, I had never heard of this venomous and potentially deadly fish that has spread into the Caribbean and U.S. Atlantic coast waters.

In the Bahamian segment of Dead Man’s Legacy, Petra Minx spends a day aboard Betty Graceby’s classic motor yacht getting to know the legendary diva and her dysfunctional family. I needed something to add drama to the end of that scene and remembered the article, so I pulled it out of my bulky folder and wrote the lionfish into the story:

‘They have red and white stripes like some exotic zebra, and venomous spines,’...

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The London Book Fair 2016

Posted by Marion Leigh on March 29, 2016 . 0 Comments

The London Book Fair 2016

From 12 - 14 April, Olympia London will play host to more than 25,000 attendees representing 124 countries. The London Book Fair is the largest global marketplace for rights negotiation and a place where eye-popping deals are struck. This year’s slogan “Making Words Go Further” captures the essence of the wheeling and dealing that serves to bring books out of relative obscurity to huge audiences. 

It’s frenetic and addictive: a three-day marathon and an adrenaline high. I know because I was there in 2012 and 2013, pounding the floorboards of the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, then the venue for the celebrated event. Roaming therapists offer quickie shoulder massages and nothing is more welcome than the end-of-day cocktails offered by some of the big publishers.

Marion Leigh at The London Book Fair

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Marine Sergeant Petra Minx loves the snow, unlike author Marion Leigh

Posted by Marion Leigh on March 21, 2016 . 0 Comments

Marine Sergeant Petra Minx loves the snow, unlike author Marion Leigh

Transiting through Toronto recently, I took a few photos of the bleak, grey, snowy landscape from the airport hotel. Toronto is a great city, but I’d rather spend the winter months elsewhere. I thrive on warmth, sunshine and being on or near water, whereas the protagonist of my adventure thrillers, Petra Minx, loves the snow almost as much as she loves the water!

When Petra Minx is at home, and not on an overseas mission to render assistance to Canadians in trouble, she takes up her normal duties as a Marine Unit Sergeant in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Dead Man’s Legacy, Petra’s second adventure, gives readers an insight into these duties.

After flying to the Bahamas to meet the ageing Canadian diva Betty Graceby and her dysfunctional family, Petra rejoins her unit in November with mixed...

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My New Website is Live!

Posted by Marion Leigh on March 13, 2016 . 0 Comments

My New Website is Live!

Over the past few months, I’ve been working to give my website a new look. This was precipitated by the publication last year of Dead Man’s Legacy and the need to have a site that could be updated easily. My blog is now also part of the website.

The site focusses on my Petra Minx series of adventure thrillers: The Politician’s Daughter and Dead Man’s Legacy. The books can be read in any order, however I recommend starting with The Politician's Daughter, where key characters are introduced, many of whom reappear in book two. These include Petra’s quirky boss A.K., her mentor in London, RCMP Liaison Officer Tom Gilmore, and her Italian friend Carlo who works for Interpol. 

The third book in the series, which takes Petra to South Africa to attend Carlo’s cousin’s wedding, is beginning to come alive. Not surprisingly, the working title is Destination Wedding. My objective is...

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Costa del Sol press coverage continues for Marion Leigh

Posted by Marion Leigh on February 18, 2016 . 0 Comments

Costa del Sol press coverage continues for Marion Leigh

The book launch for Dead Man’s Legacy at Bookworld Puerto Banus on February 4 was a great success. Alex and his staff from La Taberna del Pintxo next door kept the wine flowing and the tapas coming. John Smith from Euroweekly News was there. John took some fantastic photos and gave me extensive coverage before and after the event. Thanks so much, John, and to Euroweekly of course!

Since then, my books have been featured in numerous Costa del Sol publications, including Costa News, Society Marbella, The Sur in English, Home and Lifestyle, and the March edition of Essential Magazine.   

As an author, I spend hours alone at my desk, so it’s a real treat to get out and meet supporters and fans of my Petra Minx thrillers. I was particularly touched when Spanish author Francisco Miranda de Rojas (pictured with me in...

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Homage to Peter Brookes, the founder of Rudling House Publishing

Posted by Emma Cox on December 18, 2015 . 0 Comments

Homage to Peter Brookes, the founder of Rudling House Publishing

I was shocked to learn that Peter Brookes, the founder of Rudling House Publishing, passed away a few weeks ago after suffering a massive stroke. Peter was instrumental in bringing my first novel in the Petra Minx series of adventure thrillers, The Politician’s Daughter, to market. He was a delightful man, full of stories of the days when he had been a figure skater, a drummer in a band, the editor of a surfing magazine, a bookseller and the owner of a vegetarian restaurant in London, England.

I was introduced to him on the Costa del Sol where he had settled after touring Europe in a camper van with his partner, Merle King, author of Silver and Time. This was in the early days of Rudling House. In addition to Merle’s book, Peter had published Bloodlines by Celia Honnywill, Living Proof by Mavis Schmid, and...

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South Africa: the setting for the next Petra Minx novel

Posted by Emma Cox on November 04, 2015 . 0 Comments

South Africa: the setting for the next Petra Minx novel

At the end of Dead Man’s Legacy, Petra Minx makes a surprise announcement. She tells Betty Graceby she is going to a wedding in South Africa with her friend Carlo, much to the chagrin of her ex-boyfriend Martin. Hence the working title of Petra’s third adventure: Destination Wedding. No doubt it will change as the story takes shape. The Politician’s Daughter started out as The Lazzara File, while Dead Man’s Legacy had two prior titles – The Killarney Connection and The Man in a Black Shirt.

I never tire of visiting South Africa, despite the six-thousand-mile overnight flight from the UK. While I’m here, my aim is to research settings for the book, develop the plot, and write a synopsis. The fun part is researching the settings. Popular wedding venues in and around Cape Town include Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, iconic hotels like The Cape Grace with...

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