Books for adult readers
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Black Witch Moon
Tyburn, 1625. A young woman hanged as a witch. A doctor plagued by nightmares.
Wracked by guilt, Robert Winter struggles with the notion that a witch may have been wrongly accused. But if that is so, what can he do about it?
When strange things begin to happen, Winter’s understanding of good and evil are put to the test. Compelled to choose one or the other, he soon learns that taking sides is the least of his problems…
Blood on the Tyne:
Newcastle, 1955. A death in the family brings nightclub singer Rosie Robson home to Newcastle, but her planned return to London hits a snag after she agrees to perform with her old band. Learning the group’s previous singer left after an argument, Rosie wonders if there might be a sinister reason behind the young woman’s disappearance. Uncovering a series of grisly murders, Rosie , finds her own name has been added to the killer’s list…
Blood on the Tyne: Body Parts is book #1 in the Rosie Robson Murder Mystery series.
Blood on the Tyne:
When someone starts killing fashion models, Rosie Robson finds herself in the firing line.
The dead woman’s bereaved family ask singer and amateur sleuth Rosie Robson to investigate. But before she can check out the agency where the woman worked, the killer strikes again. Discovering a telephone number that could lead to the killer, Rosie is unaware a Gateshead gangster already has her in his sights.
Blood on the Tyne:
A dead body. A hoard of forged banknotes. A gangster out for blood.
Newcastle, December 1955. Returning home after a weekend away, singer and amateur sleuth Rosie Robson discovers a man lying on a baggage trolley with his throat cut. After the police get involved, an attack on Rosie and her boss prompts Inspector Vic Walton to find a safe house for the pair. But the bad guys seem to be one step ahead of them and Rosie is forced to track down a possible witness to the murder in a bid to learn the truth. Can the canny crooner solve the mystery before a Newcastle gang boss catches up with her?
Death on a Dirty Afternoon
When taxi driver Frank is found dead on his dining room table, ex-cabbie Terry Bell assumes his old friend died of a heart attack. But when Terry’s former boss also turns up with his face bashed in, it starts to look like there’s a connection.
A Long Cool Glass of Murder
When taxi driver and amateur sleuth Terry takes on a new client, he doesn’t expect her to turn up dead. With echoes of his recent past coming back to haunt him, can Terry work out what’s going on before someone else gets killed?
The Jansson Tapes
When a familiar leggy blonde slides onto the back seat of his cab with the offer of work, taxi-driver and amateur sleuth Terry Bell isn’t keen. However, compared to the tedium of driving a cab all day, the lure of another mystery is too strong to resist, and Terry agrees to help.
Six Feet Under
A murder victim, a deserted airfield, a sinister project. Can Terry untangle the mystery before someone else dies?
Asked to investigate the death of a building contractor, taxi-driver and amateur sleuth Terry Bell thinks the dead man’s widow may be wasting her money. But when the trail leads to an old airfield and a brace of brutal thugs, he begins to wonder what they’re trying to hide.
Relic Black takes things that don’t belong to him—credit cards, golf clubs, toothbrushes. But when a hitman mistakes him for someone else, Relic lands himself in a difficult situation. With a dead man on his hands and a guilty conscience, he sets off to save the life of the man whose identity he has stolen. And that’s when the real trouble starts…
The Watson Letters Volume 1: Something Wicker This Way Comes
In a not quite Post-Victorian, steampunk parallel universe, Holmes and Watson continue their fight against crime…
The detecting duo are pitched into Whitechapel, the Western Isles and the Village of the Damned. Adult humour throughout.
The Watson Letters Volume 2: Not the 39 Steps
In the second volume in this madcap adventure series, the intrepid duo team up with Richard Hannay to do battle with Moriarty in Edinburgh’s subterranean passageways, investigate a series of murders at Cold Comfort Farm and tackle the bloodthirsty Count Dracula in Transylvania. Adult humour throughout.
The Watson Letters Volume 3: Curse of the Baskervilles
Holmes and Watson embark on three more adventures: the intrepid duo tackle a ghostly locomotive, journey to Dartmoor in search of a gigantic hound, and team up with bloodthirsty psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter in the hunt for a murderer. Adult humour throughout.
The Watson Letters Volume 4: Revenge of the Hooded Claw
In three more adventures, the tenacious twosome encounter an ocean-going iceberg, an American werewolf and a gigantic metal fish , as well as facing old enemy Moriarty, who plans to finish off Sherlock Holmes for good. Adult humour throughout.
The Watson Letters Volume 5: Murder on Mystery Island
When consumptive Doctor Edward Armstrong turns up at Baker Street with an invitation to visit a mysterious island, Sherlock Holmes smells a rat. Deviously similar to the plot of a novel by a celebrated lady author, Holmes sends his inveterate side-kick to the island, along with the Doctor’s lovely, but wonky-eyed wife.
The Watson Letters Volume 6: The Haunting of Roderick Usher
When Holmes and Watson are invited to visit an old friend of the pipe-smoking detective, they are plunged into the first of three adventures involving the Dark Arts and the supernatural. From the ghostly spectre of a dead sister to the search for an ancient book, the detecting duo learn that each case is connected, leading them into a final showdown with their deadliest adversary yet.
Short stories which hint at the darker side of life: a dead wife comes back from the grave, a sinister agency demands a lot from its workers, an unhappy lover yearns for a way out and a cleaner finds her employers have disappeared…
How the World Turns (and Other Stories)
First collection of short stories.
He thinks that when he walks, his own feet propel the earth: that his movements keep the world going round. Literally. Each stride supplies the momentum for another motion forward, the ground shifting backwards beneath him, away into the distance. Except, when he stops walking…
Writing: Ideas and Inspirations (or How to Make Things Up)
One of the hardest things about writing is getting started. In this collection of articles, the author explores ways of generating ideas, creating characters and developing stories.