Tired of reading avid authors’ descriptions of serial killers’ sadism?
Long for a mystery that introduces you to an engaging, often failing, main character?
Then meet Detective Inspector Joe Rafferty. He tries. He fails. Educated in the University of Life, not Oxbridge, so he certainly isn’t a detecting genius like Sherlock Holmes. He’s got his problems—A Ma who’s pushing him to marry again; a larger family who don’t always obey the letter of the law; and a po-faced partner who looks with a jaundiced eye on his often mercurial conduct of cases – never mind his family. His family – many of whom think that if he must be a copper, he might at least have the decency to be a bent one. And then there’s his boss…but the less said about him the better.
4-NOVEL MYSTERY SERIES BOXSET
‘Contagious detective duo.’
DEAD BEFORE MORNING #1
A murder victim with no face. A media calling for answers. And a detective with a family not averse to a little gentle law-bending.
Newly-promoted British Detective Joe Rafferty and his partner, Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn in a murder mystery involving the killing of a young woman bludgeoned beyond recognition, with no ID and found in a secure place to which she supposedly had no admission. Who is she? How has she gained access? And who was responsible for her murder?
DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN #2
A murder victim with no known enemies. A dead patriarch. And a detective who’s struggling.
Rafferty and Llewellyn set out to discover who killed Barbara Longman, a woman with no known enemies. But it soon becomes apparent that the murder has been committed by someone who must have known the victim very well.
DEATH LINE #3
A murdered seer who failed to predict his own future. A partner who refuses to see the murder as an inside job. And a Detective who’s coming up empty.
The detective duo try to solve the murder, with his own crystal ball, of the famed ‘seer’, Jasper Moon. Gradually it becomes clear that Jasper Moon was a man of many parts, not all of them very savoury.
THE HANGING TREE #4
A disappearing murder victim no one would miss. A witness destined to haunt him. And a Detective who felt ambivalent about getting a conviction.
The detective pair investigate the case of the vanishing hanged man. But when the dead man turns up for a second time, they discover he was a man many had reason to hate. Because Maurice Smith, charged years earlier with four child rapes, had escaped on a legal technicality. Was someone acting as the public executioner, dealing out their own form of justice on the legendary Hanging Tree?
If you like the Detective Bill Slider novels, the Dalziel and Pascoe series, and Stephanie Plum, the multi-book Rafferty & Llewellyn series brings the wit, wisdom and willingness to bend the law with the best of them.
Buy this book to learn about the enterprising Joe Rafferty, his ne’er-do-well family, and po-faced partner.
Just to let you know that DEAD BEFORE MORNING, the first in my 15-strong Rafferty & Llewellyn police procedural series, is now FREE! (only in the UK so far; I hope to persuade Amazon to price-match in other countries also, but no luck so far).
#1 in series
I expect to keep it free for the foreseeable future so you can have an introduction to my work. I f you like British procedural series that have a quirky take on family life and police work it could be worth your while to download it.
ABOUT THE RAFFERTY AND LLEWELLYN SERIES
Brit DI Joe Rafferty, working-class lapsed Catholic, is cursed by coming from a family who think — if he must be a copper — he might at least have the decency to be a bent one.
And, if you like Tudor Biographical Historical Fiction, don’t forget that Reluctant Queen: The story of Mary Rose Tudor, the Defiant Little Sister of Infamous English king, Henry VIII,is a Goodreads Giveaway until 30 April 2014, with the chance to win one of ten copies of the pb edition.
‘A very readable account of a fascinating woman who dared to stand up to Henry VIII and survived. It is thoroughly researched, admirably written and the author’s love of the Tudor period shines through.’ HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW
I’ve just returned from a week’s holiday in Venice. Beautiful place, but oh, those endless steps over the canals! My weary, couch potato legs proved unable for the challenge (an inability not improved when I decided to put myself on a starvation diet for the duration after checking out the restaurant prices). I had to keep taking a rest on the bottom steps and hope some great, gallumphing, fellow tourist didn’t stand on me!
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‘A very readable account of a fascinating woman who dared to stand up to Henry VIII and survived. It is thoroughly researched, admirably written and the author’s love of the Tudor period shines through.’ HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIE
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Ten copies of the paperback edition of my Tudor Historical Novel, RELUCTANT QUEEN: The Story of Mary Rose Tudor, the Defiant Little Sister of Infamous English king, Henry VIII.
Mary Rose Tudor, Henry VIII’s lovely little sister, reluctantly marries the aged and sickly Louis XII of France, a May to December state marriage, after a relentless campaign by her loving brother to get her agreement.
But Mary, deeply in love, for the first time, with champion of the lists Charles Brandon, extracted Henry’s promise that she could please herself for her second marriage.
At the French court, Mary endured the hateful embrace of her ancient husband, the ardour of Francis, the debauched, womanising heir-to-the-throne, as well as the hatred of Louise of Savoy, mother to Francis, who feared her lusty son would succeed in fathering his own usurper.
With the death of Louis, and Francis’s elevation to the French throne and absolute power, her situation became desperate. Captive prey to Francis’s determined passion for her, fearful of rumours that her brother would break the promise he made to her, would Mary Rose ever be free to go to her lost love?