New crime fiction release from L M Krier

New crime fiction release from L M Krier in the DI Ted Darling series is coming SOON!

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog of late, for which my apologies but, for those who have not already heard through social media, it’s because of the recent sudden death of my brother, Peter, aged 67.Brother on Puy de Dome

If you’ve read the Sell the Pig trilogy of four, Sell the Pig, Is That Billinge Lump?, Mother, Was It Worth It? and Biff the Useless Mention, you’ll already know that my brother had a serious problem with alcohol. He had been going steadily downhill, despite all efforts to persuade him to seek proper help. He even had two social workers, whose advice he ignored.

Biff the useless mention - the latest travel memoir book by Tottie Limejuice

Biff the useless mention – the latest travel memoir book by Tottie Limejuice

We continued to exchange frequent emails, in which he assured me he was getting himself together and now employing a cleaner with whose help the kitchen now looked like an operating theatre in its pristine cleanliness. Sadly, none of it was true.

I received a phone call from the police to say he had been found dead at the house, of natural causes. And when I went over to the Pink House to begin to sort things out, the full horror behind the fantasy was revealed.

New crime fiction release

But enough of the sadness. I’ve found great solace in spending time with my good friend Ted Darling and the result is that Book 5 will be released later this year. The title is, as ever, a closely guarded secret for now, but it follows on from Baby’s Got Blue Eyes, Two Little Boys, When I’m Old and Grey and Shut Up and Drive.

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Latest crime fiction book in the DI Ted Darling series

Once that’s released, I have a busy time ahead. The first Sell the Pig book will shortly be appearing in French translation, which is an exciting project, and will finally answer the questions the locals often ask me about why I finished up living in the middle of the rural Auvergne.

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Then hopefully before too long I will be publishing my first children’s book, The Dog with the Golden Eyes, written as L M Kay, also a crime fiction.  When I finally draw breath from all that, I think there will have to be another book in the Sell the Pig series, all about the challenges my brother has unwittingly left me with. A fifth book in a trilogy? Why not!

Dog_draft4CoverSo do please keep watching this space for details of forthcoming new crime fiction release dates, and the latest in the travel memoirs series.

Special Offer price for a limited time – Baby’s Got Blue Eyes

Special Offer price for a limited time only – Baby’s Got Blue Eyes, the first book in the DI Ted Darling series.

I’m gearing up towards publication of DI Ted Darling Book IV now, and it’s nearly a year since the first book in the series, Baby’s Got Blue Eyes, was published. To mark the occasion, it’s available at a special offer price for a limited time only, and has a brand new cover for the Kindle edition.

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New Kindle Cover for Baby’s Got Blue Eyes

I’ve just had a sneak peak at the first draft cover for Book IV and I’m really excited about it. Yet another amazing job by DMR Creative.

I’m hoping to get Book IV out by March 2016 and that will also be appearing at a special offer price for a limited period for pre-order on Kindle.

Ted’s still very much a new kid on the crime fiction block, and he’s certainly different from any other detective out there in crime fiction land. People sometimes ask why I took a risk in creating someone so different from the standard selling format of drunken, womanising, divorced male cop, or ballsy, man-eating female. Well, I didn’t create Ted. Ted just is. I’m not in control of him. He’s evolved into a likeable and, I hope, believable character, through the first three books in the series, Baby’s Got Blue Eyes, Two Little Boys and When I’m Old and Grey.

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The first three books in the DI Ted Darling series

It seems the readers have rather taken to Ted, too, despite his differences, as several of you have been kind enough to enter Ted, or rather, me as his humble distributor, into the highly prestigious CWA Dagger in the Library award. He will be up against some huge names, with lots of fans, in there, a real tiny minnow in a big pool of sharks, and you know how much Ted hates swimming. So if any more of you would be kind enough to add my name, on his behalf, it would be excellent. Your entry could win you a £200 book token, too. Just follow this link to a simple form which will take you 2 minutes to fill in.

While you wait for Book IV, do please spread the word to anyone who’s not yet met Ted and might like to, so they can take advantage of this limited special offer.


DI Ted Darling makes crime fiction favourites 2015

What a nice new year surprise for DI Ted Darling, to find himself listed as a favourite crime fiction read of 2015 on this excellent new blog. In fact, with not just one but three separate entries for all three existing books in the series, Baby’s Got Blue Eyes, Two Little Boys and When I’m Old and Grey.


I’m especially pleased to be featured on such a well-written and intelligent blog, one where the blogger says herself: ‘I will refuse any free offer of a book to review, because I prefer to read what I like, when I wish and would hate to feel duty bound to review something I didn’t like. I will also NEVER accept payment for any review.’

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Ted is overcome with embarrassment to find himself awarded 5 stars for each of the books. He’s had to go and make himself an extra strong green tea to recover!


In other news, I have now finished writing Ted Book IV which has gone out to those most formidable of all critics, the beta readers. If and when it passes that acid test, I can then start the process of getting it ready for publication, so it should hopefully be ready for you early in 2016.

Happy New Year to all of you. Thanks for your support and kind comments about Ted and Trev. Keep spreading the word!

When I’m Old and Grey – DI Ted Darling Book III



It’s here! The moment fans of DI Ted Darling have been waiting for! Book III in the series, When I’m Old and Grey, is out today, 1 October 2015, and available at a special offer price of just £1.99/$1.99, just for the first few days.

Here’s what the book blur says: ‘DI Ted Darling doesn’t like coincidences. There are too many for comfort surrounding his latest case. They’re spilling over into his private life, too, when some toxic family secrets are uncovered.

A serial killer appears to be targeting vulnerable elderly people in care homes and despatching them in the most cynical way. Ted and his team are struggling to get a lead on who the killer really is.

It doesn’t help that his newest team member is adding to his problems, rather than helping him to solve them.

Then an unexpected phone call brings devastating news for Ted and his long-term partner, Trevor …’

The DI Ted Darling books are based in Stockport, the town where I grew up.

You can get it from Amazon for Kindle and in paperback.

And the good news in I’ve just started writing DI Ted Darling Book IV!

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Book Launch DI Ted Darling Book II

It’s nearly here – launch date for the second crime thriller featuring your favourite British police officer, DI Ted Darling.

Two Little Boys is available from 13 June 2015 for Kindle from all Amazon outlets and in paperback from CreateSpace and Amazon.

‘In his darkest and most complex case to date, DI Ted Darling has to confront demons from his own past when investigating the brutal murder of a young boy.

As more deaths follow, he realises he is up against powerful people who believe themselves to be above the law, and starts to feel out of his depth.

At the same time he has to cope with a new boss, much more formal than his old one, who increasingly makes him feel he’s not up to the challenge.

It all starts to put an intolerable strain on Ted’s long-term stable relationship with his partner, Trevor.’


It features a brilliant cover by the talented DMR Creative and I hope you’re going to love it!

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Coming soon – brand new crime thriller

Somewhat belated Happy New Year to everyone. I apologise for the lack of recent posts but the reason has been a feverish spate of writing, co-writing and editing.

Just before Christmas, friends Jill Pennington, Janet Holt and I got together to meet up, write and publish a book called Take Three Birds, under the collective pen name of Jilli Lime Holt. It’s the rather crazy account of our decision to meet up in the flesh, having previously only ever ‘spoken’ via social media, e mail and text messages. It’s gone down rather well.

I’ve also been revamping the Sell the Pig series books, with smart new covers designed by DMR Creative, as well as a change of publisher for the middle one, Is That Billinge Lump. You can find details of all my books on my Amazon author page.

Cheesy as it sounds, after a dream which gave me most of the plot for a work of fiction, I have taken my first tentative steps into the world of crime writing. My first ever crime novel should be out in February 2015. As ever, I am keeping details of it under wraps until the last minute.

As it’s a detective novel, I’ll give you a clue so you can see if you can solve the mystery.

The title is a line from an Elton John song. That’s your lot.

As soon as it’s available for pre-order, I will let you have a look at the cover and synopsis and hopefully some of you will buy and read it.

Watch this space!



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