Some good news for a change

Hello everyone – a whole bundle of good news today.

In no particular order – I’ve just had my first vaccination. I wandered in, loaded down with potential reading matter, several notebooks and pens, some biscuits and an expectation of being in there for hours.

Well, that didn’t happen. I was straight in, clothes on the floor – you know what I mean – stabbed in the arm, into the waiting room for a bit of a really not needed sit-down and then released back into the wild.

Everyone was bright and cheerful – even me – and really well organised. I was so impressed. And then a lovely walk home along the canal in the wintry sunshine. And sausages for lunch to look forward to.

More good news – I’ve signed another a contract with Headline. The usual stuff. I offer them my soul and they publish another three of my books. We have:

Untitled St Mary’s 13 – published June 2022

Untitled Time Police 4 – published April 2023

Untitled Elizabeth Cage 4 – published April 2024

Together with the traditional Christmas stories, of course, and anything else I might feel like scribbling in the meantime.

The third bit of good news – for me that is – is the arrival of my sales figures up to the end of December. I don’t normally mention them but they are so utterly brilliant I felt I just had to say a huge thank you to everyone who has ever bought one of my books. Thank you so much. For an author there is no greater pleasure than curling up on the sofa, tea and chocolate within easy reach, and gloating over her sales figures. And just so we’re all clear – there was gloating. Massive gloating. World class epic gloating. And quite a lot of chocolate as well.

So thank you everyone for enabling my chocolate habit.

That’s it for today – I hope everyone gets their vaccinations soon and it all goes as smoothly as mine. And the weather will get warmer. And Another Time Another Place is out this coming April. In fact, I’m using the proofs for a footrest as I type – don’t tell Headline.

Happy Thursday everyone – and now I should get back to work. On the other hand – sausages for lunch!


  • Lesley Andrew
    I’ve arrived at your books a bit later than most , however that did mean a complete binge when I got the 10 book package. Take it steady and eke them out? Not a hope. I’m on the second time round now. Glad you’ve got your vaccination, I hope it won’t stop you dealing with your proofs. I am looking forward to the next book. Many thanks, you have kept me sane since Christmas. Lesley

  • Dominic Rumsey
    Well earned glory Jodi, i reading the whole series forbthe umpteenth time. The only other series I reread as many times is M C Beaton the Agatha Raisin books. They’ve been made into 3 good tv series. I hope one day the st Mary’s will as well, but only if you have author’s veto like they did with Cadfael to preserve the transition to tv.

  • Emma DW

    What a super lot of good news! Onward and Upward!

  • Cathie Jones
    All they ask is one book per year? Hazel must not have given them the electrodes - she demanded something like one per month. ;) Congrats on the gloatable sales figures. We do our best to buy everything you offer in quadruplicate — hardback, paperback, Kindle, Audible. <3

  • Rebecca Taylor

    Wonderful news, both on a smooth vaccination and that there are more of your wonderful books to look forward to! I’m in Saskatoon Canada, where its a cold snap -37° Celsius but feels like -47° with the wind lol. Exactly the kind of day to stay inside with a few books and a pot of tea!
    Take care, Rebecca

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