A murder investigation…and Rafferty’s already got troubles in spades.
His first case in charge looks like being his last.
Because he suspects that the case of the ‘Faceless Lady’ is a poisoned chalice. Gifted by his new boss who is only waiting for Rafferty to fail, to put the boot in. He’s even arranged his even newer partner—a pedant who rubs him up the wrong way from the start.
When even his Ma adds seems to add to the kicking…
Then here’s a freebie just for you. You will receive the first four mystery novels of my 17-strong (and counting) Rafferty & Llewellyn series and learn about Joe Rafferty, his ne’er-do-well family, and his po-faced partner.
My third Rafferty bundle is now ready, formatted, spellchecked, and all systems go! Well, apart from B & N Nook, who still haven’t put it up on their shelves. Slowcoaches! Yes, it’s now also up at Nook!
The bundle consists of these novels:
BLOOD ON THE BONES #9
DI Joe Rafferty’s latest case is in an enclosed Catholic convent. It is anybody’s guess whether lapsed Catholic Rafferty catches the murderer before religion catches up with him.
A THRUST TO THE VITALS
Can DI Joe Rafferty find the real murderer before he is forced to arrest his brother, Mickey, for the crime?
With his wife-to-be’s wedding budget spiraling out of control, and a series of muggings now escalated to murder, DI Joe Rafferty’s attempts to control the situations, land him in hot water on both counts.
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 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.
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
Death Dues #11
All the Lonely People #12
Death Dance #13
Deadly Reunion #14
Kith and Kill #15
Asking For It #16
The Spanish Connection #17
HUGH HOWEY IS ONE OF THE FEATURED AUTHORS! Who’d have thought I’d get in an Anthology alongside the very famous Hugh?! But I did. Even better, on the Retailers’ listings, I’m mentioned second in the title naming of the authors participating! Has fame claimed me at last? Well, we’ll see.
Stories on the Go has been put together by the indefatigable Andrew Ashling and his equally tireless team of indie authors, just in time for you to have it FREE as a Christmas gift!
101 indie authors have contributed their short-short stories, including yours truly (I’m about number 67 in the list. My story’s called ‘One for the Boys’)! You’ll find real variety in every genre imaginable within these digital pages.
Why be bored on the bus, in a waiting room, or stuck in a queue, when you can be reading Stories On The Go and escaping into 101 other worlds?
101 authors offer 101 Very Short Stories that are perfect for reading on your phone when on the go. Feed your reading addiction in quick bites and discover new favorite authors — all for FREE.
Stories on The Go is a collection in the flash fiction style (less than 1000 words) including tales from top New York Times and USA Today bestsellers such as Hugh Howey and Jennifer Lewis. And me. Don’t forget me.
This anthology aims to be a showcase of recent indie writing.
Hugh Howey launched the idea on Kboards, a forum for Kindle readers, but also the meeting place of an active community of indie writers.
The result is this anthology of 101 very short stories by 101 authors.
To make it more attractive for you, the reader, we set ourselves a limit of a thousand words. You should be able to read each story in under five minutes — on your desktop computer, laptop, or tablet at home or in the office, but also on your smartphone, on the go, while you are commuting or waiting at a coffee shop for your significant other to arrive.
We included as many genres as we could. We hope that maybe, with only five minutes of your time on the line that would otherwise be wasted anyway, you’ll be tempted to venture outside your comfort zone and try out some new genres and new authors.
‘Another solid procedural leavened with a dash of quirky characters.’ KIRKUS REVIEWS ON A KILLING KARMA
For lovers of cozy mysteries and procedurals
If you enjoy some humour with your murders, you’ll likely love this British detective series
Enjoying a week’s well-earned break, Detective Chief Inspector ‘Will’ Casey’s peace is shattered by a frantic call from his mother. Moon Casey, the maternal half of his drug-taking, ‘The Sixties never died’, hippie parents, confesses there are two dead bodies in the grounds of the Fenland commune where she and Star, his father, live.
His brain numbed by shock, Casey failed to question Moon thoroughly on the ‘phone. But, on arrival at their ramshackle commune, he learns that neither death has been reported — not surprising, when it emerges that the body of the first victim was found lying on top of their crushed and illicit cannabis plants and has already been buried for some time. While the body of the second victim was laid out in one of the sheds, surrounded by candles and bearing signs of violence.
Casey is bemused to discover that Moon, Star and the rest of the commune members seem to expect him to sweep these inconvenient bodies under some kind of magic carpet rather than call in the local constabulary. And although he is a loving son, for a senior police officer, this really is an expectation too far. Determined that, for once in their lives, his parents take responsibility for their own actions, he insists that they ring their local police and report the deaths.
As if that’s not enough, once back on duty, Casey is also called upon to solve a very unpleasant murder on his own patch of King’s Langley: this time of a John Doe found dead in a dark alley. With the help of his knowing sergeant, Thomas Catt and his assorted contacts, Casey must try to get to the bottom of both official and unofficial cases.
Neither proves easy, particularly the latter, which suffers under the additional complication that he needs to keep a very low profile. If the media get a sniff of his connection to the druggie parents who are also suspects in what turns out to be a double murder investigation, his career could blow up in his face.
’Well researched. Intriguing plot. Good pace. Excellent characterisation and wry humour make this a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended.’ Mystery Women
For lovers of cozy mysteries and procedurals
If you enjoy some humour with your murders, you’ll likely love this British detective series.
When Chandra Bansi and her baby, Leela, are burned to death, DCI ‘Will’ Casey and his less than politically correct sergeant, Thomas Catt, rapidly come under pressure from their superintendent to put a couple of skinhead thugs behind bars for arson.
After the fiasco over the investigation of black teenager Stephen Lawrence‘s murder by racist white thugs, Superintendent Brown-Smith is acutely aware that he is in the hot seat. Desperate for a speedy and politically-satisfactory solution to the case and worried that his previously smooth and upward career-progression will be irretrievably damaged by failure, he places additional pressure on Casey.
But the investigation quickly unearths suspects other than the skinheads, suspects unlikely to endear Casey to his superiors or the Asian community.
The resolution of the most difficult case of his career is not eased by the arrival of his impecunious, the Sixties-never-died, hippie parents. Urgently in need of a temporary home, they selfishly concluded that decamping to Casey’s peaceful haven will provide the solution to their current difficulties.
But their raucous, undisciplined lifestyle causes Casey sleepless nights at a time he most needs calm. Bedevilled at home by his irresponsible parents, bedevilled at work by accusations of discrimination from the usual quarters, Casey and ThomCatt must wend a circuitous path through all the additional problems the investigation throws up.
For instance, just how respectable is Chandra’s businessman father? And what about her in-laws, who seem to have blamed their westernised daughter-in-law for the death of their only son? Other members of the victim’s family also come under suspicion. Casey must use the utmost sensitivity in his handling of the case if he is not to cause unrest in the Asian community.
And, at the heart of the case is the fact that Chandra, a modern young woman, had been uncomfortably caught between two cultures. It’s hard to say which of them is the more dangerous.