‘Thoroughly enjoyed the whole series. Great characters and story-line.’
Sergeant Llewellyn’s remark that, perhaps, ‘Someone else’ had made them a gift of Professor Babbington as the murderer, was just sour grapes, in Detective Joe Rafferty’s opinion.
But Llewellyn had planted a tiny doubt where none had existed before. Rafferty, convinced in his own mind that they had the right culprit for the murder of University Administrator, Rupert Hunter-York, forced himself to disregard Llewellyn, who was known to greatly admire Babbington. They had so much proof it was embarrassing: Babbington’s fingerprints on the murder weapon; the victim’s blood on his shirt; and his DNA on the dead man.
So Rafferty couldn’t believe it when his ‘sure thing’ slowly began to unravel. He refused to admit his growing doubts about Babbington’s guilt to Llewellyn, who continued to champion the professor, and was as convinced of Babbington’s innocence as Rafferty was of his culpability.
But then they discovered surprising new evidence, and all Rafferty’s certainty vanished into dust. He prepared himself to face the music when Superintendent Bradley came back from his expensive holiday, to find that the ‘sure thing’ he had left with Rafferty, had inexplicably become anything but.
Unless Joe Rafferty could find some way to turn defeat into triumph…
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Today is your last chance to buy this 4-mystery ebook bundle at 99c / 99p. I had to extend it for a few days at Amazon because I had left it late to do the other retailers, so you Amazonians got a bonus. Definitely not to be repeated – I’ll get my act together in future!
Interview with Alannah Foley one of the authors in To Die For Box set
SC: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
AF: I was raised in the UK but in my twenties, I lived in my Australian birthplace for five years. I’m currently settled in Cornwall (south of England), where I’ve based some of my works of fiction.
I’m quite an eclectic writer with two fiction series so far – the Campervan Bushman Mysteries and the shorter Tales from Corny Cove. Both are light-hearted, easy reads, with a feel-good ending. My nonfiction books include Campervan Capers, Cycling Widows (satire about living with an obsessive cyclist) and The Jacaranda Trail (where I discovered long-long family, etc Down Under).
SC: Was there a certain time in your life you knew you wanted to write?
AF: My mum says I was always writing down something, although I’m not one of the many authors who ‘always knew’ they wanted to be a writer. Over the years, I’ve scribbled down all sorts of ideas, written songs, poetry and short stories, written and illustrated newsletters, etc. A sort of diverse creator, I suppose. But when I was younger, I actually wanted to be a French teacher and absolutely loved languages. Even made up a few!
SC: What are you currently working on?
AF: I’ve not long released the 3rd book in the Campervan Bushman Mystery Series and am working on a follow-up story which I plan to release exclusively to those in my Readers Group. After that, I plan to continue with book 4, although I have a few other projects I’m looking at working on which are ‘black ops’ right now.
SC: Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?
AF: Although I love playing with the characters in my Campervan Bushman Mystery Series, I also enjoy writing short stories and other stuff which don’t require so much planning in terms of tying up clues & red herrings. I’ve actually had a good chuckle writing the books in my satirical Cycling Widows series – all that appeals to my impish (read: ‘childish’) sense of humour and it’s less structured. But, at the end of the day, it really is hard to choose which thing you love the best – each book projects gives you something new to explore!
SC: What books have most influenced you as a writer?
Now, that’s another hard one to answer. As I see it, so many things in life are interwoven that you can’t always pinpoint what helps with what. Books I read twenty or so years ago, such as Robert Fritz’s The Path of Least Resistance, for example, changed the way I thought about creating what I wanted in life.
When it comes to writing fiction, I think I’ve probably learnt as much from reading it as I have done from reading nonfiction books about writing it. Reading Scott Mariani’s Ben Hope thrillers, for instance, helped me get clearer on transitioning from one chapter to the next with my action/adventure-style novel, Cyclopathic Tendencies.
In terms of my writing style, I don’t have any hankering to emulate any particular author. I learn from others, but I think it’s important to find your own voice, because that’s what your readers connect with.
SC: What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?
I don’t consider myself to be a fast writer, so I find it challenging to have so many ideas but so little time. When I’ve written the cosy mysteries in the Campervan Bushman series, I’ve had a few challenges with tying up clues/evidence (I’m sure it comes with the territory!), but what’s kept me going is the fact that I get time to have fun with the characters and dream up unusual things for Scott to do – he’s my main character and is part campervan-surfer, part Crocodile Dundee, you might say. In each book, he and his crew are filming another episode of an outdoorsy TV show, so I get to explore and add stuff like bushcraft, food foraging, and so on into the mix.
SC: What book is on your nightstand?
I’m gradually working my way through Pipe Dreams by Kelly Slater (a champion surfer, like my main character, Scott). On my TBR pile are some nice big hardbacks about Aborigines and old adventurers in Australia, plus some Bill Bryson travel books and historical fiction paperbacks by EV Thompson. On my Android, there’s a mishmash of fiction, books on writing and some other nonfiction. I also like action/adventure/thriller novels by the likes of Scott Mariani, Mario Reading, Michael Cordy, and James Rollins. As you can see, my tastes are quite eclectic.
Will I ever get to read all those books? Err… We live in hope!
SC: What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?
Now that book 3 in the Campervan Bushman Mystery Series is out, I’ll eventually look to publish a set of paperbacks. I have outlines for future books in the series, plus ideas for free extras for my Readers Group, including a few more free short stories.
I also have a few other ideas in the pipe which I’m researching, so if they get off the ground, I’ll be announcing those at a later date.
SC: Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers?
Basically, a big thank you to my readers who have taken the time to leave reviews on Amazon and/or Goodreads. If you’re a reader and think your reviews don’t matter – think again! It really is appreciated by an author and helps readers to decide on their next book.
Killer Climate – book 1 in the Campervan Bushman Mystery Series – is currently available free at most outlets – find more info & pick up the links on my website.
Alannah Foley – aka ‘The Pyjama Writer’ – is the author of light cosy mysteries, short fiction, and bunch of other maverick titles that won’t fall in line.
She was raised in the UK and did a five-year stint in her Aussie birthplace in her twenties, where mozzies regularly used her for target practice. She managed to return to Old Blighty devoid of shark or snake bite, however, and currently lives in picturesque Cornwall with her cycling-obsessed partner.
To date, she has two fiction series – the Campervan Bushman Mysteries and Tales from Corny Cove – both of which are light, easy reads with a few twists, turns and tickles along the way. Her nonfiction titles span topics as diverse as capers in a campervan, the vagaries of living with an obsessive cyclist and her adventures Down Under.
To get sneak peeks at upcoming books, hear about early discounts on new releases, and any cool offers she might be running, why not join her Readers Group? You can currently get a free download when you sign up at http://bit.ly/PJW-NL-SC.
Death Bed of Roses by Alannah Foley is just one of the titles featured in a 25-novel cosy mystery collection aiming to hit the USA Today Bestseller List at the end of the year. It’s due out on 27th December and is priced at just99¢ – get it NOW on preorder at http://bit.ly/25Mysteries
I’m offering another of my mystery novels at the bargain price of 99c / 99p, for two days only, the 12/13 November 2016.
‘A great book. A wonderfully entertaining read.’
A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER…
‘The old crossroads used to run by here,’ Sam told Rafferty. ‘Legend has it that this was the original Hanging Tree.’
The murder mystery of ‘The Hanging Man’, whose body disappears just before Christmas, and then turns up again, suspended from the ancient ‘Hanging Tree’, has Essex Detective Joe Rafferty questioning his belief in justice and his own role in its pursuit.
Rafferty knows he is expected to go after the murderer with as much vigor as he would any other killer. But he is in danger of becoming his own worse adversary as the victim was a man who escaped jail on a legal technicality after being accused of four child rapes. The case was a cause-célébre and caused much ill-feeling in Elmhurst’s community. In this police procedural, Rafferty must battle against the inner conviction that Maurice Smith – a man who ruined more than just his young victims’ lives – fully deserved to be murdered. He feels that if there is a self-appointed executioner at work, meting out his own form of justice on the legendary Hanging Tree, then Smith’s ‘executioner’ is more to be lauded than condemned.
Consequently, rather less than full of the Christmas Spirit as the Big Day approaches, Rafferty can only wish he hadn’t opened his big mouth and invited his partner, Dafyd Llewellyn’s mother to both his Ma’s spare room and the Rafferty clan’s festive meal. Because, from his own intuition and Llewellyn’s ever more dour expression as his mother’s arrival gets closer, he has reason to believe the wretched woman’s visit is going to end in disaster. And not just for Llewellyn’s burgeoning romantic relationship with Maureen.
Rafferty fears he is about to become the Fall Guy twice over. Because he is only too aware that if he fails to find the murderer because of his own repugnance for the victim, he will also fail as a detective and his moral dilemma will give him no option but to resign.
There are seventeen books in the Rafferty & Llewellyn series: Dead Before Morning #1 Down Among the Dead Men #2 Death Line #3 The Hanging Tree #4 Absolute Poison #5 Dying For You #6 Bad Blood #7 Love Lies Bleeding #8 Blood on the Bones #9 A Thrust to the Vitals #10 All the Lonely People #11 Death Dance #12 Death Dues #13 Deadly Reunion #14 Kith and Kill #15
Finally got over the last hurdles with this book and published it to Amazon last night. So pleased. And so relieved! I swear that malevolent fate that follows my poor DI Joe Rafferty around has transferred its attentions to me. 🙂
But it’s done now, in spite of the lost disc, in spite of the endless copy- typing to update the digital edition, in spite of my hatred of copy-typing and the unwelcome attentions from the fates, I finished sorting everything out. And it feels wonderful!
I’ll get busy today and upload it to the other retailers, too.
Heres the blurb and the links:
All the Lonely People
#12 of 15 in the Rafferty & Llewellyn British Detective Series
A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER…
For readers who like cozy mysteries, humorous mysteries and police procedurals.
When Detective Inspector Joseph Rafferty visits his local pub for a quick drink, he’s looking to forget his troubles, not add to them. His ex-fiancée Abra is still refusing to talk to him, and he’s fast losing hope of a reconciliation. But Rafferty is not destined to enjoy his drink in peace. Because a man is found dead – stabbed in the pub’s car park – and a preoccupied Rafferty is to lead the investigation.
What at first appears to be an open and shut case quickly becomes a lot more complex. The witnesses all plead alcohol-induced amnesia, and Rafferty’s habitually cautious sidekick, Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn, isn’t helping either—casting doubt on all of Rafferty’s conclusions.
And as Rafferty wrestles with the case, he also has to wrestle with Abra’s determination to avoid their problems. Soon, he is in despair on both counts…
The twelfth book in the quirky, not quite so Traditional British mystery series.
COMING IMMINENTLY! BUT NOT, UNFORTUNATELY, QUITE AS IMMINENTLY AS I HAD HOPED. FOR WHICH APOLOGIES.
The digital edition of this book.
I’m so sorry, but although I missed the pre-order deadline from Amazon, THIS BOOK WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE VERY SOON.
I’m just putting some more finishing touches to it and will upload the final edited digital edition within the next week.
Here’s the blurb:
All the Lonely People #12 in the Rafferty & Llewellyn British Detective Series
A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER…
‘Solidly written, with strong characters and realistic depictions of police work, Evans’ latest will appeal to procedural fans.’ BOOKLIST ON ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE
When Detective Inspector Joseph Rafferty visits his local pub for a quick drink, he’s looking to forget his troubles, not add to them. His ex-fiancée Abra is still refusing to speak to him, and he’s fast losing hope of a reconciliation. But he’s not destined to enjoy his drink in peace. Because a man is found dead – stabbed in the pub’s car park – and a preoccupied Rafferty is to lead the investigation.
What at first appears to be an open and shut case quickly becomes a lot more complex. Because Keith Sutherland was a man who attracted enemies and with good reason: he was a serial adulterer who had never quite got that there are boundaries you don’t cross. As a businessman, he’d blocked a profitable takeover and his partner’s longed-for retirement. As a lover, he’d failed to commit to a long-term mistress who wasn’t getting any younger and whose other options were fast-fading. As a father, he didn’t seem to be much mourned. As for his friends; he had the knack of turning them into enemies. Sutherland was a victim made for murder many times over.
But a lack of witnesses makes the investigation challenging. The killer seems to have managed to appear, murder with one lucky thrust and vanish again like a will-o’-the- wisp and is rapidly turning into Rafferty’s worst nightmare. A nightmare riddled with questions that have no answers and with his every tentative theory debunked by his logical partner.
And as Rafferty wrestles with the case, he must also confront his fiancée’s determination to avoid him after their bust-up. He has to wonder if he’s the only one desperate for a reconciliation. With his love life and his latest investigation both going awry, he has reason to be in despair on both counts. His frustration and fear is such that it won’t take much, should Superintendent Bradley goad him one more time, for Rafferty to take a swing at him. With the inevitable – ‘goodbye career’ – result. Even if his love-life is falling off a cliff, if he can find the killer he might be able to restrain himself and hang on to his career at least.