It’s been a slow start to business for private detectives and former police officers Dave Slater and Norman Norman, so when the case of a young woman’s disappearance arrives on their desk, they’re hopeful it could be just the break they need.
But it soon becomes clear that the man who reported her missing has his own secrets and motivations to hide – and with mysterious photographs, false IDs, and an unidentified body in the mortuary, a simple missing persons case becomes a tangled web involving local businessmen, undercover journalists, and conspiracies.
Will Slater and Norman be able to solve the mystery – and manage to stay safe – after finding themselves on the dark and seedy side of Tinton?More info →
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 →
When bereaved mother Lizzie Becker comes to Slater and Norman for help it looks like a simple case of someone with a sick mind sending a malicious text message. Then it becomes clear the message has been sent from a mobile phone that went missing two years ago when Lizzie’s daughter, Lilly, died in a car crash.
As the detectives look into the circumstances of Lilly’s death they soon find they’re in the middle of a convoluted investigation that seems to throw up more questions than answers. At every turn, they encounter a tangled web of lies and deceit that seems designed to throw them off the scent and lead them in new directions.
Finally, despite the fog of confusion they seem to have stumbled upon the answer, but as they close in on their suspect they realise they’ve been misled yet again and the race to catch a suspect becomes a race to prevent a murder!More info →
If you like your crime with a lighter touch, Death of a Temptress is a refreshing, entertaining mix of mystery and humour that never takes itself too seriously. Contemporary and classic, it's the ideal read for readers who prefer character and humour over blood and gore.More info →
The sleepy town of Tinton is shocked at the discovery of three bodies in one day. One is a recent murder victim, the others are fifteen-year old skeletons, both victims of an axe murder. When evidence emerges the three are related, It seems there’s no such thing as just a coincidence.More info →