Monday, June 21, 2021

New Release - Detective Rigby Book #3

 Detective Rigby is back!

I am delighted to announce the release of the third book in the Detective Rigby series - Under Suspicion - available in ebook and print and also available on Kindle Unlimited. 

To celebrate and allow anyone who hasn't read the earlier books to catch up, I'm running a special offer on The Anniversary (Book#1) for $0.99/£0.99 and Old Habits Die Hard (Book#2) for $2.99/£1.99 
until midnight Saturday, June 26th. 

Dark-haired and medium-build. That's all the police have to go on in their hunt for the perpetrator of a brutal attack at one of Lewisville County's popular recreational spots.

Joggers on the trail at the time offer them more detail about a solitary runner who fit that description but none know his name. And the police want to keep it that way. Because the man they're describing appears to be one of their own... Detective Paul Rigby.

Forced to step aside, Rigby is supposed to let his colleagues clear him from suspicion. But Rigby's never been good at stepping aside, especially when it's his future on the line. 

And now with a pregnant girlfriend and impending fatherhood, the stakes are higher than ever and he can't be sure all his colleagues believe in his innocence. 

Available in ebook and print from Amazon. The links below will take you to the appropriate Amazon page depending on your locality. 



Mel Parish writes contemporary fiction with a twist of mystery and psychological suspense. For more information visit Mel's website at If you want to stay up to date with Mel's new releases and receive details of special offers, sign up for Mel's occasional newsletter at

Monday, July 1, 2019

Walking at the Beach - Redondo Beach to Santa Monica, California

This blog post comes to you from the West Coast, specifically Redondo Beach, California. The opportunity to spend a month here with my daughter while she was house-sitting was an offer too good to resist. Given my love for walking by the sea, discovering that there was a beach path all the way from Redondo to Santa Monica was an added bonus.

The Marvin Braude Bicycle Trail runs for twenty-two miles, starting two miles south of the Redondo Beach Pier and ending over two miles north of the Santa Monica Pier. As the house we were staying in was close to the Redondo pier, we made that our starting point.

Friday, June 21, 2019

New Release - Old Habits Die Hard

Detective Rigby is back!

I am delighted to announce the release of my latest novel - Old Habits Die Hard - the second book in the Detective Rigby series.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Walking in the City - Griffith Park, Los Angeles

Think of Los Angeles and the image it conjures might be of a sprawl of urban neighborhoods dissected by boulevards such as Hollywood, Sunset and Santa Monica, and congested multi-lane highways. But it is also home to Griffith Park, one of the largest urban wilderness parks in the United States.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Walking in the City - New York's Christmas Lights

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is taking a stroll around mid-town Manhattan to check out the holiday lights and window displays. 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Cross Country Adventure - Day 15 - Joshua Tree to Los Angeles

 Day 15. We'd driven more than 4,000 miles through 14 states and had just one more National Park to visit and 132 miles to drive before we would arrive at our final destination in Los Angeles. Apart from a tornado scare on the second day, the trip had gone without a hitch. Unfortunately, our luck didn't quite hold.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Cross Country Adventure - Day 14 - Flagstaff, AZ to Joshua Tree, California

 Day 14 was to be our last full day on the road before we reached Los Angeles, a day of driving through the desert, across miles and miles of uninhabited countryside. We'd planned a couple of rest stops but weren't expecting too much in the way of sights along the way, until on a whim, we decided to change our route for the latter part of the journey. With additional stop-offs the six-hour drive took us eleven hours to complete but it was well worth it.

Our first stop was only an hour out of Flagstaff in Seligman, Arizona.