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Novels in Crime Week Day 5 ~ Diana Jackson

‘Murder, now and then’ is a historical murder mystery written in two time eras, 1919 and 2019. It has been launched on Amazon but I will announce the actual book launch soon.

There are two covers. The paperback version designed by Emma Black from North Herts College, speaks of mystery and a puzzle to solve, the rural setting, a computer board hinting of the future and the historical context at the end of WW1

Murder, now and then available in paperback on Amazon

Murder, now and then available on Amazon

Available on Kindle

Available on Kindle

The Kindle cover was designed by William Smith, also from North Herts College,  reflecting the rural setting, a possible weapon, wonderful retro font for the title and the orange-red drama of the murder.

More news next week!


5.0 out of 5 stars Murder Now And Then, 29 May 2014
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This review is from: MURDER, Now and Then: Murder Mystery 1919 to 2019 (Kindle Edition)
This novel is set a few years into the future, 2019, and the author invents a little to suggest this. For example, instead of the internet we now have Futurenet, and milking parlours in diaries are even more automated than they are now. But this is not a work of science fiction and doesn’t pretend to be. In some ways it more resembles a historical novel, because it deals not only with a murder in 2019, but also one which took place in 1919. Hence the title, Murder Now and Then.I get the impression that the author is well versed in historical research, some of which is described in the book in connection with the earlier murder. She is certainly interested in a sense of place, which comes out well when she deals with the locations the action takes place in, Bedfordshire and Jersey.The ‘now’ murder is that of a farmer, and for want of another suspect the lead detective is sure the farmer’s wife did it. The fact that she has no real motive does not concern him unduly, and he is overly is keen to crack the case before he retires. Fortunately, his junior officers are not convinced. Two of these, DS Tony Brown and DC Cathy Peterson, persevere in their efforts to figure it all out. In the course of these efforts they get somewhat close and personal in a hotel bedroom though not, dear tax-payer, in police time. And so the book offers some romantic interest as well.Without giving away details of the plot, it turns out that the two murders a century apart are in fact connected, but it seems unlikely to me that the reader will figure out how without the help of the author since the connection is really quite ingenious. This reader certainly failed to crack it, though one aspect at least of what is going on is clearly signaled.This is not a breathless book. The author takes her time and lets us get to know her characters. The various strands of the plot, and there are several, are tied up one by one towards the end. An involving read and one which I greatly enjoyed.

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Novels in Crime Week Day 4 ~ Roderick Hart

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Roderick Hart ~ ‘Time to Talk’

If TME Walsh in my last post was one end of the crime spectrum, the gritty end, Roderick Hart’s ‘Time to Talk’ is at the opposite. It is written like a memoir of someone setting up a psychotherapy business, written in the first person, and you are with the writer all the way as Max describes the less conventional way in which he decides to establish his practice and the unusual characters he meets. That is, until the law decides he is covering up involvement in serious crime. Here is a review for ‘Time to Talk‘ on Amazon:

“A Time to Talk is written in the style of a memoir and the voice is engaging, with a delightful turn

of phrase and an often original way with language.

Time to Talk on Kindle

Time to Talk on Kindle

There is also a self-deprecating tone, which allows the reader to feel both sympathy with the narrator and mild exasperation as he flounders among the ‘slings and arrows’. Max Frei, a freelance counsellor with nothing but the good intentions with regard to his clients, finds himself in conflict with the law and in debates with not only experts in his own area, but criminals outside it. All of this is accompanied by his bewildered but happy reactions to his own love affair. The story is told at a gentle pace giving the Max plenty of time for introspection, while events unfold around him.

Within this story there is much debate about the serious subject of mental health and the treatments available, but all told with humour and insight that I found refreshing. It is rare to find such such serious debates tackled in such a light conversational tone and accompanied by laughter.

I wish Roderick Hart every success with this novel and look forward to reading other books by him in the future.

Roderick can be found on Goodreads and Linkedin


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Novels in Crime Week Day 3 ~ Colin Calvert

imageColin, thank you for agreeing to be a visitor on my blog. I expect you are excited that your debut novel

‘Born Again Bandits’ came out on Kindle yesterday published by Eventispress! Congratulations!

I know you have written plays for several years and that they have been acted on stages across the world. What gave you the initial inspiration to try your hand at writing a novel? 

I was motivated by the real case of a young mum who killed herself and her handicapped daughter after years of harassment in their home and failing to get support from the authorities. BAB floats a possible solution to this sort of low level but widespread crime – and mixes the social arguments with a fast moving plot involving murder, kidnap, espionage,and a car chase.

Gripping description! Did you find writing Born Again Bandits a very different experience to writing drama and, of course, why? 
Yes! Very different. All my published drama pieces are comedies. BAB has some lighter moments but is not a comedy. For me, plays are much easier – but I enjoyed the deeper aspects of writing a book which is a one-to-one thing.
A snappy title. Born Again Bandits! I like it. Can you explain to possible readers what it means without giving away the plot? Do they turn to religion or something like that?
The “Born Again” has no religious overtones, but is a punchy phrase and very relevant to the plot.

I think the most unusual character in your plot, and I have both read it and enjoyed Born Again Bandits, is Karen. She’s quite complex. Can you describe what you think of her without giving away too much?

I was very close to a “Karen” at one time. Very complex, very intelligent, very gifted – but with personality traits which made life difficult. You could equate her partly with Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander in some ways. More interesting to write about than a nice person!Available on Kindle

I know you’ve mentioned to me that you feel strongly that Born Again Bandits is more than an action packed thriller but has a social message. Is it possible to expand on that?

BAB suggests a radical way to reduce or eliminate crime and evil in human society and poses ethical and practical questions. Are draconian methods feasible in eliminating evil  just as smallpox was eliminated?

Do you think we will see more of Colin Calvert as an author in the future? Could Born Again Bandits turn into a series do you think?
Now BAB is done, I can see other plots involving Glenn and Karen. I think BAB is very filmic and would love to liaise with a screenwriter for film or TV! I also have other book ideas for books away from the BAB context.
Well Colin. Thank you again for being a guest on my blog today and I wish you every success with Born Again Bandits.

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