The “Characters” compilation consists of those books that are not part of The Island Connection, The French Collection, or The Oddball Odyssey, and where a strong character or characters take centre stage.
While there is a common thread that passes through many of my books, you can read them as stand-alone novels without losing any of the sense of direction. You can get more details using the ‘At a Glance’ menu or one of the links below.
They say that we all have a book in us, and I always knew what my book would be about. During my time as a builder in Norfolk, I was royally done over by a man with no scruples who was more street-wise than me (he’d done it all before). It cost me dear and was a hard lesson to learn, but it also had the makings of a story (with embellishments and lots of additional material) so, during 1999 and 2000 with evenings to myself while my wife and I were separated by 200km of Dutch and Belgian autoroute, I put together my first tome, Chasing Paper; which was published in hard print and was still in print twenty years later.
WALKING ON WATER
My second book, Walking on Water was penned shortly after Chasing Paper, but then the manuscript sat collecting dust for over ten years as I got on with other things. Eventually, in 2014, I dusted it down and revised it, and like all my books, it is now published in both Kindle and paperback format. You can get Walking on Water as a FREE ebook if you are happy to be on my mailing list.
A book I was particularly pleased with was, Tommy Gee because Tommy is a real person (though maybe I took a load of liberties with his character and his choice of actions). It was fun to write and fun to see the real Tommy’s face when he finally was given his own copy.
Tommy Gee’s decision to spend a long weekend visiting his mother in King’s Lynn, on England’s east coast, leaves behind eight dead bodies and a suicide. Not that they were all Tommy’s fault, but he seems to be a magnet for chaos and the unpredictable. Add to the mix, Tommy’s sultry pickpocket sister and his gangly deranged half-brother, and you have the recipe for a frenzied few days. When two Romanian mafia bosses are stirred into the melting pot, along with a sexy bank employee with a cunning plan, things are likely to move from complicated to dangerous before you can turn the page.
A LITTLE BIT ODD
A Little Bit Odd brings back one of the characters who we’ve seen in previous books, both in The Island Connection and The French Collection. Oddball is an enigmatic figure who works for a top secret agency, N2K. Everything he is tasked to do is totally deniable. If ever he was caught doing what he did, he would be completely on his own. And that’s the way Oddball likes it. His team, Aequum, operate under the same free license. The elite of the elite. But now Oddball has a personal reason to intervene. The agent who was just buried alive was his lover. Oddball intends to find those responsible and give them a good talking to. A Little Bit Odd is a story of murder, of grand scale theft, of personal relationships, and of the country’s most sensitive secrets
TOMMY GEE’S LONG WEEKEND
Tommy Gee’s Long Weekend Tommy Gee’s Long Weekend begins one year after borrowing a healthy sum of money from the Eastern European mob. Tommy and his girlfriend Vicki decide to spend a long weekend in London, looking for antiques, enjoying the sights, and catching up with Tommy’s old school friend, Andy.
Saturday morning starts well, but the afternoon goes rapidly downhill. Vicki is kidnapped and Tommy is persuaded to undertake ‘a little service’ for a middle-eastern man, in return for Vicki’s safety.
Links View After the death of his aunt, Alex Palmer finds himself to be the main beneficiary of her estate – much to the displeasure of his cousin, Carson. But one of the properties left to Alex in the will is being used illegally by sisters, Anna and Lucy Campbell and Alex makes more new enemies as he takes steps to evict them.
While Alex finds himself getting close to Charlie Townsend – a good-looking girl who works in one of Cromer’s hotels – Carson Palmer is murdered and his older sister, Michelle White, extracts revenge. Shortly after, another stranger steps into Alex’s life in the form of Russell Smith, a London lawyer who’s running from the mob.
NOT OVER OUR DEAD BODIES
Not Over Our Dead Bodies Detective Sergeant Kelly Ross is acerbic, strident, sarcastic, and feisty. And that’s on her better days. Her work partner, Detective Constable Jordan Sparrow tolerates her caustic tongue, He puts up with the fact that she’s ornery and abrasive, because he also knows she’s courageous and honest, and very good at what she does.
When Reverend Malcolm ‘Deep Pockets’ Cockburn goes missing, Kelly and Jordan are tasked with finding out what’s happened to him. Meanwhile, ten miles away, on Snettisham beach, James Smith is concerned about late-night activity for which he has no explanation. Kelly and Jordan go to investigate and Kelly finds herself attracted to the man. But despite her best endeavours, she discovers no answers to the mysterious behaviour of a large, white van.
KIDNAP IN PARADISE
Kidnap in Paradise On holiday, Detective Sergeant Kelly Ross is getting ever closer to her new boyfriend, James. Their Caribbean holiday gets off to a perfect start but, on day two, Kelly finds a human toe floating in the water. Then, on Christmas Eve, she bumps into a stranger who’s about to change all her perceptions of what she thought she knew.
Meanwhile, thirteen-year-old Jasmine Carpenter has her hands full fighting off Sly Griffiths who is being paid to do her harm. But, on Christmas morning, Sly ends up face-down in his swimming pool and Sergeant Bertram Brathwaite makes a discovery that sends his blood pressure racing to the stars.