Murder, as you know, comes in all shapes and sizes. It also comes at inconvenient times. Christmas, for example. Season of goodwill, peace to all men (and women too, of course), homely jollity round the turkey and mince-pies. A time of family reunion and celebration, of good cheer, recollection and renewal. And of unexpected death. Lock the doors. Draw the curtains. Settle down in your armchair. Pour yourself a drink. And enjoy ten stories by masters of the genre. Georgian England. 1960s and 1980s England. Twenty-first-century Africa, Canada, the USA. Murder by meat-hook, piano-wire, scarf, knife, hammer, golf-club, bullet, syringe … Dear, oh, dear. And naturally all the classic motives: blackmail, revenge, disappointment in love, greed, anger, a perverted sense of duty ... Murders of men by women, and of women by men. Murders committed on impulse and murders carefully planned. A catalogue of weakness, hatred and villainy. It’s all here, at your elbow. And there’s more! Humour, intrigue, history, suspense … and of course Christmas sparkle! So, cheers! And Happy Christmas! Contributors: Annie Coyle Martin, Julius Falconer, Peter Good, Peter Hodgson, Neal James, Andrew Malloy, James McCarthy, Steve Morris, Harry Riley, Derek Rosser
P. S. The writers are all published crime authors who have contributed a new story especially for this Pneuma Springs anthology.
About the author
The contributors are all published authors who have contributed a new story especially for this Pneuma Springs anthology. | Annie Coyle Martin | Annie Coyle Martin grew up in an Ulster village, trained as a nurse in Dublin, emigrated to Canada, Her first published fiction was a short story, 'Jody' for a collection. Then "The Music of What Happens" published in 2001, “To Know the Road” in 2011, and “Between Two Dusks” in 2013. | Julius Falconer | Julius Falconer, a retired teacher, is the author of several series of crime novels (eleven set in Worcestershire, eight in Yorkshire, including, most recently the ‘Sherburn Trilogy’, set in 1728 at Sherburn-in-Elmete, and featuring the accident-prone vicar). | Peter Good | Peter Good was born in Kenya and lived in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania before moving to Rhodesia. He and his wife Cheryl are happily settled now in Basingstoke, Hampshire. He is the author of NDLOVU-The White Elephant (2011). | Peter Hodgson | Peter Hodgson is a former energy analyst. His published works are Critical Murder (2009), Jack the Ripper - Through the Mists of Time (2011) and Rippercide (2014), all published by Pneuma Springs. Peter is married and lives in Blackpool. | Neal James | Neal James is an accountant who lives in Derbyshire with his wife and family. Neal’s books to date include ‘A Ticket to Tewkesbury’, ‘Short Stories Volume One’, ‘Two Little Dicky Birds’, ‘Threads of Deceit’, ‘Full Marks’, and ‘Day of the Phoenix’. | Andrew Malloy | Stirlingshire based author, Andrew D Malloy, has had three novels published: Frantic! and its sequel, Bible John – Closure. Novel number four, A Good Day to Die, is half-way to creation at the time of writing and should be out soon. | James McCarthy | James McCarthy lives with his family in Dublin Ireland. Me and the Foreign Girl is his first novel. He is also the author of The Coffin Maker. He has worked in several areas, Teaching, Career Guidance, Psychology and Statistics. He has a Ph.D from Trinity College Dublin. | Steve Morris | Steve is a peripatetic teacher of maths, physics and chemistry. He lives in rural Wales close to the English border. His is the author of three short story collections: In All Probability (2009), Jumble Tales (2010), Out on Top (2014) and a novel Playing Havoc (2012). | Harry Riley | Harry Riley is from Nottingham. His published works include mystery novels: Sins of the Father and The Laird of Castle Ballantine. His short story collections include Captain Damnation’ and other strange tales and Wreckers and other strange tales. | Derek Rosser | Derek lives in Bristol. In I988 he was given the option of early retirement and this enabled him to pursue a lifelong ambition to write. His published works include A Reluctant Recruit, Call Me Valentine and Earning a Crust.
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