It's the year 2000. Newly appointed Detective Constable Dave Slater has spent the evening at home congratulating himself on getting through his first two days as a detective without mishap, but as he climbs into bed, his phone starts to ring.
It's a distress call from a friend in need, and Slater rushes to offer assistance, but soon finds he's been called out to a murder scene. The obvious suspect is the friend in need, but Slater can’t believe the gentle, harmless, Timmy Hopkins could possibly be capable of such a heinous crime.
To Slater’s dismay the first duty detective on the scene is glory seeker DS Nash. Despite Slater’s protestations, Nash is convinced Hopkins is the only suspect and is only too pleased to take over what seems to be an open and shut case.
Dismissed from the scene because of his association with the chief suspect, Slater seems to be helpless to prevent what he believes is an innocent man from being charged with murder. But Slater's not a man to be put off, and while Nash can keep him off the case while he’s on duty, he can do what he wants in his own time.
Something's not right, and someone knows what really happened, if only Slater can find out who.More info →
Living in a small town, tucked away in the south of England, unremarkable average guy Alfie Bowman has been heard to describe himself as a refugee from a failed life, and definitely not hero material!
When he stops in his local pub for a couple of pints on the way home one night, the last thing he expects to have to do is save a stunning young woman half his age from a fracas with an enormous thug with huge fists! Waking up in hospital later that night Alfie wonders if maybe getting involved hadn’t been the best decision he’d ever made after all! But he soon learns that the beating he’d been given had nothing to do with events in the pub...
So who did beat him up, and why? Who is the stunning young woman, and what’s she doing in town?
As a novella this story is neither the longest, nor the greatest, you’ll ever read, but it was never meant to be. It’s the first in a series about unlikely hero (about to turn amateur sleuth) Alfie Bowman. It’s sole aim is to be a short, entertaining read, with a bit of mystery, a dash of pathos, a touch of romance and a good dollop of humour. Why not give it a try? You just might just find you enjoy it!More info →
Thirty years ago, ten year old Simon Younger left school after choir practice to catch the bus home, but instead of catching that bus home he seemed to vanish into thin air. The police enquiry at the time went nowhere fast, focusing on just one main suspect but never able to prove a thing...
Now, amateur sleuth Alfie Bowman thinks it’s high time this forgotten mystery was solved once and for all so Simon’s mother, Daphne, can finally find the closure she so badly needs. But as soon as their private investigations start Alfie receives an unwelcome visit from local Detective Inspector ‘Nasty’ Nash, who seems intent on doing his best to intimidate Alfie into going no further with his enquiries.
Why is Nash so desperate to stop them? Is there a connection between Nash and local gangster Nugent? What really did happen to Simon Younger?More info →