The Man Who Thought He Was Evil

Novel, England, 1940s, 1950s

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When Eddy Cochrane, a very innocent teenager, is knocked-off his bicycle and hits his head on the way to the Army Call-up medical, he tells the doctors he has an urge to be evil. A few weeks under observation at a mental hospital help him mature and broaden his horizons from being a loner quantity surveyor. From there, using the post-war upheaval and Polish emigres, he quickly develops into a successful construction manager. But an lurking ember of evil gives the nicest family man a ruthless side.

There aren’t many romantic stories combining quantity surveying with Polish music and post-war Polish exiles.

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Who Killed John Crowe

Novel, Essex, Amateur Detective

National crime correspondent Keeble Shilling has to look again at an unsolved murder on the Essex marshes. He was present at the crime scene twenty seven years ago and now current events are getting too close to home. Being at the right place at the wrong time makes him a celebrity, which despite his knowledge of the workings of the media is very difficult for him to deal with. While dealing with local crime the tight Dengie community becomes involved with its own media story as Keeble struggles to cope with urgent issues that really matter.

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The first of my books set in Essex. This part is a bit remote and makes an ideal backdrop for a local character and well known wife who are ‘local’.

Here’s a tip for all writers: Don’t murder somebody unless you know who the murderer is. I’d got ‘ideas’ but it’s nerve-wracking writing night after night wondering how the hell you’re going to wrap it up. We find out in the last chapter almost as a side issue to the really important immediate matter.

By the way, can you describe me a tortoise?

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Model Murder

Novel, Essex, Cold-war, Spying, Feisty pensionesrs

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Reminiscing about wartime at the model railway club leads to romance and reopening the strange case of the murdered vicar and his wife. Our pensioner couple uncover suspicions of spying, smuggling and cold-war treachery on their own doorstep. Follow Terry and Rachel as they fight the spooks for answers and have other triumphs in Maldon, Essex.

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