Robert Black: How many more? ‘Sugar & Spice’ murderer found guilty of a fourth

Well, sometimes, life never ceases to amaze me.

Here I was, after having spent all day online, promoting our authors in our new digi-publishing venture (MWiDP), blogging, checking the charts, writing about Halloween on my sister blog etc etc, looking at the news… you know, generally being a writer in the 21st century, and I see this article on the Daily Telegraph site:



This was the man (and I use the term loosely) that inspired our best-seller Sugar & Spice. This is the monstrous serial killer that caused my writing partner, Mark, so many sleepless nights. Cost him two years of his life whilst he researched him, robbed the families of three precious girls their futures.

He actually doesn’t deserve our time and thoughts.

He has been found guilty of a FOURTH murder.

Robert Black now ranks among Britain’s most prolific serial killers.

Scotland-born Black had denied murdering Jennifer Cardy in August 1981.

The nine-year-old disappeared after leaving her home at Balinderry in County Antrim to cycle the short distance to a friend’s house.

The discovery of her red bicycle sparked a six-day search.

If you’ve read ‘Sugar & Spice’, you’ll already see the similarities. Although our story is very far removed from these heinous crimes, the murders were what inspired the book that has now sold over 100,000 copies. But, there’s a difference:

Our book is fiction. Purely an idea from something real. This guy, well, he crossed the line. In fact, the reporter today called him a “lost cause of humanity”

We have been slated in some areas for how close to the mark ‘Sugar & Spice’ is and had numerous communications from police offers and social workers not liking how they were portrayed in the book. Let me tell you now, make no mistake; the research came from first-hand experience. If only things had been done differently at the time?

Anyway, I am not here to talk about that, I am here to marvel at the forensic science that has enabled this monster to be convicted yet again. A till recipe. Sheesh. I think they said nine and a half years that the parents of that little girl have had to wait for a verdict. Jennifer Cardy, today was about you and your family and the girls and families of the other victims, not him.

I know it will be of little comfort that he (no longer afforded a name, as he isn’t of this world) is convicted of one more crime, but please take heart that the nation and the world are with you. And they’re pleased. Pleased that this monster is no longer free to walk the streets. Sorry that he wasn’t stopped.

This blog is for you, Jennifer Cardy and the others, not him.

May you RIP. xxx

As for him: “He killed childhood as much as he killed children.”

Let’s hope not…

Sugar & Spice in WORD format – now available!

If you haven’t got an e-reader and aren’t particularly IT savvy, never fear! You can now read our best seller in Word.doc format!

Just follow the link to and find Sugar & Spice there.

Available now for £0.99p!

(There is also a direct link to XinXii on the right hand side of this blog! 😉

Top spot

Well, there it is.

We made number one in Thrillers and Serial Killers…

Not a sentence most people get to say without being arrested.


Watch out, Stephen Leather!

Sugar & Spice has been riding high this week on Amazon UK and received more excellent feedback.

It now sits at #4 in the thriller chart. All that stands between it and that coveted #1 spot are 3 books by a certain Mr. Stephen Leather. With an evil grin and a maniacal chuckle, I warned Stephen on Facebook the that we were on his tail. MWUHAHA. 😉

Seriously though folks, a BIG shout out to everyone who has bought it and commented!

It is in the Top 20 in Kindle Paid Store and guess who else stands in the way of THAT #1 slot? 😉

Look out for the new cover – coming soon!

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Some more reviews for Sugar & Spice


As we speak, Sugar & Spice is still in the Top 50 Bestsellers on Amazon Kindle Store (UK) and has passed its 2,200 book sale for February.

Here’s some more of what readers have been saying about it:


5.0 out of 5 stars OH BOY, 22 Feb 2011
This review is from: Sugar & Spice (Kindle Edition)


This book was frightening to say the least + full of mind provoking facts- had to leave it though at several stages as I became too scared to read on!! Came back- as curiosity took the better of me. Found I was holding my breath too as many awful situations occurred, heart pounding and even “talked” and shouted at my Kindle. Not for the feint hearted. OH BOY.


5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, realistic read. Could not put it down., 21 Feb 2011
M. Leese (West Sussex, UK) – See all my reviews
This review is from: Sugar & Spice (Kindle Edition)


Found this via Kindle store and downloaded it as it was a cheaper read and I’m so glad I found this author and book. It is just amazing.

The detail and research that have gone into it are outstanding. This makes it a fast, impossible to put down read – up with the likes of Peter James.

However, a word of warning – it is graphic in its detail and its insight into the mind of a paedophile in the character of Greg Randall. This makes it chilling but also makes it believable and realistic, if not also uncomfortable reading in places.

I will certainly look for more by this author in the same genre and would recommend to anyone who enjoys a well written british crime thriller.


5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional in every way!, 20 Feb 2011
This review is from: Sugar & Spice (Kindle Edition)


Now and then you come across a book that take a tired old concept – in this case a serial killer stalking little kids – and turns it on its head, to produce something truly original.

Not since The Silence Of The Lambs has anything in the crime thriller genre come close to warranting the term ground-breaking.

Until now.

Sugar & Spice takes us on a roller-coaster ride of emotions, at once appalling yet mesmerising in its subject matter. It takes apart the mind of the paedophile and reassembles it in three different characters, only one of which is the killer.

And therein lies the true depth and beauty of this novel.

For while the mother of a murdered child seeks, and eventually succeeds, in bringing the killer to justice, two innocent men pay the price along the way.

Only, neither are innocent. So why do we feel for them? Care about them? Dare I say, trust them?

If you want gory detail of post-mortems, stick with Scarpetta. If it’s plodding police detectives, Morse is your man. If you like the mystery to be solved with high-tech forensics, go back to CSI:Miami. This is unlike anything else out there.

And written in a unique style that just drags you through the pages by your hair, defying you to take a break. And on those odd moments when you dare put it down you are left with questions you wish you hadn’t been asked, that taunt you, compelling you to read on.

I understand this is a first novel from this author. Let’s hope it’s not a one-shot wonder and there’s plenty more to come!

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