• Patricia Snelling

Winter has well and truly set in on this side of the planet. But with it comes its joys too. We're planning a trip to the mountains in the far south again very soon and have already been out shopping for those thermal long-johns.

I have been busy writing a new Cozy Mystery series called the Ann Grieves Mysteries. The first one, Murder In The Band Room is due for release this month. I'm always reluctant to give a firm date because something will undoubtedly come in the way. Although I started out writing Romantic Suspense, I also enjoy mysteries with a twist, so I'm having lots of fun with this stand-alone series.

I'm so excited because my book, JESSIE'S HIGH COUNTRY HEART was just nominated for the 2020 Readers Choice Awards contest by TCK Publishing!

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I'll be blogging about the books once they are out.

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Missing On Kawau

  • Patricia Snelling

Updated: Jul 9

Well ... I'd like to call this entry "Post Covid", but I'M afraid to say it's not the case yet here in NZ. We have been 24 days free of any reported infections until yesterday when the news reported three new infections. Plus I hear from all around the world some countries are right in the midst of a huge battle. That's including the huge amount of racial tension and chaos that has erupted during this challenging time.

All that aside, I'll just focus on what's happening here in my little world.

I was rather glad of the isolation and being kept indoors during lockdown here in NZ. I don't enjoy rushing around and having to fill in every hour of the day with activity. So I enjoyed the peace and quiet, and the time to contemplate and reflect.

Our street was like a ghost town, almost eery. But I did miss my family A LOT. It's so good being able to catch up with them. Yes, I got a lot of writing done, but it also made me more convinced that people in my life come first before prestige or finance. Even when I was working before I retired, my job and money were just a means to an end they weren't the goal or reason for my existence.


When I first started writing novels, I penned Romantic Suspense, but for me, only focusing on one particular genre stifled my creativity. I knew I had other genres in me and that's why I began writing Mysteries and Suspense or Cozy Mysteries.

I am embarking on compiling a series called the ANN GRIEVES MYSTERIES. The first one will be released in July called MURDER IN THE BAND ROOM and I am currently onto the second in that stand-alone series.

Ann Grieves is a retired Detective Inspector who now works for herself at a private investigator. She lives with her ex-police Beagle dog, Scout, her trusted companion. Ann had once thought she was going to enjoy a laid-back retirement strolling the promenade near her cottage by the sea while solving domestic conflicts or petty misdemeanours part-time—but that is not to be the case, as she becomes embroiled in full fledged crime investigations.

  • Patricia Snelling

Updated: Jun 19

Here in New Zealand our lovely autumn has drawn to an end and the early winter rain is upon us. The house is dark and gloomy and so I look at the positive things around me that can lift my spirit.

There is always more to a woman than being a wife, mother and employee and you will come to know there is more to me than being an author as you read my blogs.

I am a passionate gardener. As I look out to my flower garden, I see the first blooms of the climbing roses I planted during the summer. These and the bush roses have new blooms and are such a delight to see in spite of the dreary rain. It is such a blessing to see and a big change from this property when we first purchased it three years ago when there was not one shrub or tree to be seen, completely barren. Now birds flock to our garden and more so when I feed them each day.

We needed the rain after months of drought. The farmers will be happy. Every cloud has a silver lining.

My Novels

During lockdown I produced three books. First my Cozy Mystery, Missing On Lion Rock set on a remote beach in Piha, New Zealand, released in April. The next was a children's picture book for my almost 3yr old grandson called Louis's Garden Party. I await the proof copy of the print book to be shipped from Australia. That will be on sale in June.

My 3rd book called Murder In The Band Room, another Cozy Mystery is in the pipeline, awaiting a cover and final proof read. This should be ready for release by end of June early July.

My novels are New Zealand brand fiction all set in NZ in local spots and many who travel here will find them familiar.

Covid 19

This has been a huge challenge for us all —some more than others and my heart goes out to all those who have lost loved ones during the horrific onslaught of this cursed virus.

Here in NZ we are in Level Two which means we can now join groups of 100 but still social distancing of two metres.

I work as a volunteer for Riding for the Disabled and that's one group who is compromised and at risk. Therefore the classes have not yet been able to start.

We can now meet up with friends for a coffee or get take-aways (fish n chips) from our local village which is great. But life will not be the same again for those who have lost someone or their business.

We need to live one day at a time and take care of each other as many are not out of the woods yet.

Travel Itch

Several friends of mine are itching to travel but some who have booked trips in advance have lost a lot of money. In NZ there are fantastic deals now with campervan hire hugely discounted and so are flights and accommodation. We would love to get down to the South Island again and so may look at that. Nothing like seeing the snow on the mountains down south. The scenery is addictive and I can't wait to get down there again