• Patricia Snelling


Updated: Jul 9, 2020

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.

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