I have been so busy writing Uncovered Policeman stories that I haven’t had time to post about my reading but a quick summary of some of the books I have been reading.
The list is not complete but here are some highlights
PC Peter Grant Books 1 – 5
Tall tales of magic, murder and mirth make up this Harry Potter meets the bumbling cop series.
These have been great so far but I’m baulking at the high price for book 6; The Hanging Tree: The Sixth PC Grant Mystery (PC Peter Grant Book 6) Kindle Edition which is £8.99 the paperback is only £6.29 (If you add 20% VAT £7.55) so explain that one away Gollancz !!
Inspector Hobbes Books 1 and 2
Quirky, Fantasy, Rural English Police Man with bumbling ex journalist companion. Lots of silly jokes great fun reads. As strange events in grave yards, Loop Woods and all around Sornchester keep the Old Man busy
Rather Be the Devil (Inspector Rebus 21)
3 Nov 2016|Kindle eBook
by Ian Rankin
Good but not Great Rebus. Despite being retired and ill Rebus has to keep busy with investigations. Meanwhile what dastardly plans are keeping Big Ger Busy?
Interesting and complex plot cleverly resolved.
In part spoilt for me by the handling of Rebus’s COPD. This is a nasty debilitating disease. I was involved in trying to get services for the victims of this condition, so I have seen the real effects close up. Rebus is remarkably unaffected by the loss of ability to walk and talk and never suffers the impact of real breathless episodes.
Hot onto the presses the latest instalment in my Rags to Riches series the Uncovered Policeman: Caribbean Blues!
“Hot on the presses”? You mean “off the presses”!
No I mean “on” … publication is February 14th so it is not off yet! But you can pre order now!
Here are the fist few page to whet your appetite!!
Caribbean Blues, Chapter 1
The knock on the door was a surprise. Visitors turning up unannounced were a rarity at L’Abeille Nue. Most of the local people knew to call in advance. Fewer people called after dark, in early November.
After a quick exchange of glances and gestures, Rags was nominated to answer the door. He pulled on a dressing gown as he closed the door on the lounge where Bea and the children were watching TV in front of the log fire.
He unlatched the door and froze. He did a double take. If Bea was in front of the TV in the lounge, who was here looking back at him, illuminated by porch lights and the light streaming through the doorway?
The person standing in front of him would certainly pass the mother of his children. In fact, the young lady was a dead ringer for the Bea he had first met nearly ten years earlier.
“Hi, Mr. Adiscombe?” The voice was not Bea’s. She had a strange version of an American accent. “I am Elodie, I suppose I am to be your niece, no, your cousin.” The grammar was if anything French. In the light of the doorway, Rags thought he could see her brown eyes dancing at his confusion.
Yes, Rags was confused. For a start, it had been years since anybody, apart from the bank manager, had called him Mr. Adiscombe. He had been Seaman Adiscombe in the navy. PC Adiscombe in the police force. Addy to his mates in both. His mother had just switched from calling him Sabbath to calling him by the name Bea had given him years ago. She had decided to name him, indirectly, after the rabbit in ‘Rag, Tag and Cotton Tail’. The rabbit in the BBC Children’s programme was Cotton Tail, and, at the time, so was Rags.
“If you are my cousin, best you come in and meet your other cousin, or may be your sister.” Now Elodie looked surprised. “Wait until you meet her!” Rags responded to her confusion. “Shall I take your coat? Your backpack? Anything else?”
Rags lead Elodie across the hallway, opened the door to the lounge. Bea looked up “Who was at the door?”
Rags ushered Elodie into the room, “Our cousin, Elodie”
The two women looked at each other. Elodie suddenly understood why Rags had accepted her claim to be family so easily. The naked woman looking up at her from the floor looked like her reflection. Bea saw herself, a dozen years younger, standing next to the man she loved. There was a pause.
“I’ve never met my Uncle Dave, is he well?”
“Dad is good. He told me a lot about my European family. He said he hoped I would have a chance to meet with some of you. Then hephoned last week and told me where to come to find you. He wants to speak to you both urgently.”
Christmas has come and Christmas has gone. and I need to apologise. It has been a couple of weeks since I last updated the list of books and stories read. I blame Christmas shopping, events and travel for getting in the way. So what was the reading experience over Christmas really like.
Anders Zorn: Unveiled – Olaf Danielson
A rather boring doctor with a dull marriage suddenly finds that he has been appointed head of a secret organisation! A very rich organisation. An organisation that has enemies prepared to kill. Enemies who can only be identified by a tattoo. So where to go to be safe … a naturist resort? Suspend belief and it is a fun story!
Mirror Earth Revisited – P.Z. Walker
The usual high quality naturist Sci-fi from the keyboard of a master of the genre. Read it!
Pepper Creek Murder: A Mark Steele Mystery (Mark Steele Mysteries Book 2) – Tom Saine
Set in the 1950’s a detective and his girlfriend are invited to his daughters resort for a relaxing weekend. Two surprises; it’s a naturist resort and a murder stops the relaxation. A good read.
Nothing but Memories: A DCI Wilson Investigation– Derek Fee
Shadow Sins: A DCI Wilson Investigation – Derek Fee
Dark Circles: A DCI Wilson Investigation – Derek Fee
Derek Fee has created an Irish version of Rebus and has him operating in the post-Good Friday environment of Belfast. A place charged with political concerns and sectarian hangovers. Readers of police fiction should enjoy these stories!
An Inspector Horace Mystery – Her Master’s Voice – P D Jones (author) it’s junk!
An Inspector Horace Mystery – The Girl Next Door – P D Jones (author) as above
Didn’t Catch Fire
The Saga of the Starduster – TW Scott
An OK Sci-fi romance story with a bit of hairy nudity thrown in.
The Burning Page (The Invisible Library series Book 3) – Genevieve Cogman I was looking forward to reading this book but it disappointed, something has got lost as the tale has gone on. Maybe it is the originality of the concept. I’ll still read book 4 when it arrives!
After careful proofing, reading revising and generally being looked at … The Uncovered Policeman Goodbye Blues is now for sale! In two format,s as a Kindle e-book and as a real paperback book (remember real books?).
Both are available on Amazon now!
As the fourth Rags to Riches series book featuring Rags and his life partner Bea begins we find:
PC Adiscombe is off work with a bad back (again).
His girlfriend, newly qualified solicitor Bea Johnston, is about to start a new job in France.
PC Adiscombe hopes that at least he will be able to spend a few weeks in France with her.
Then things go right, very right.
Old friends rally around and assist in many different ways. Family offers help and they are on the way …
On the way where? Why? Will they be successful?
What is the future for PC Adiscombe’s alter ego Rags the naturist?
What is the difference between the naturist Bea and the Naked Bee?
And there is more, much more!
Read it for yourself and you will find out what happens next in the lives of Rags and Bea. You will enjoy all the usual fun, romance and laughter in the sunshine as Bea and Rags new adventure starts from a low point in their time together. Will the sun shine on their new venture as they move forward to a new future naked together …
This is the longest of the Rags to Riches series books published to date, nearly twice the length of the original The Uncovered Policeman book. More to read for the same money!
After you have read the story please write a review of the book on Amazon so others know what they are getting into!
Recent reading has revealed how different times have different attitudes. I mentioned that I had read the Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan last month. I carried on with the Richard Hanney stories. What I found amazing was the level of casual racism in these stories from a highly educated and respectable man.
John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, 26 August 1875 – 11 February 1940
After a brief legal career, Buchan simultaneously began his writing career and his political and diplomatic careers, serving as a private secretary to the colonial administrator of various colonies in southern Africa. He eventually wrote propaganda for the British war effort in the First World War Buchan was in 1927 elected Member of Parliament but he spent most of his time on his writing career. In 1935 he was appointed Governor General of Canada by King George V. He occupied the post until his death in 1940.
Having read 3 more of the stories I now understand why only the 39 Steps stands alone in his list of books as being memorable
I have set up a new outlet for the Rags to Riches series books
Why a New Outlet?
I gather that there is a number of people who are more than a little angry with Amazon about their employment policies and there attitude to paying tax.
I understand both concerns. So, if you are boycotting Amazon you’ll need an alternative place to shop.
You can down load most of the stories from the Rags to Riches series in non Kindle formats via this site .
I am trying e-Bay as a new outlet for the Uncovered Policeman paperback.
The first book The Uncovered Policeman, is listed under books for a limited time as an experiment. So, now for you delight and enjoyment the few copies of the paperback edition of the Uncovered Policeman I have are available on e-Bay.
The Uncovered Policeman – Rags to Riches Book 1 is now a real book!
At last I have reached the point where The Uncovered Policeman is now ‘clean’ enough to be committed to paper for ever. If you read the previous posting about proof reading you will now know where I was coming from.
Creating The Real Book from an e-book
Well once this is ink on paper there was no way to change any of the spelling, punctuation or add missing words. Fortunately Mrs Bun has managed to make the time to do the proofing and find about 200 changes that needed to be made.
Then the text had to copied into the template for the size of the book (5 x 8 inches). The auto set up tool tells you it is an ‘unexpected size’ for the proposed publication size 5 x 8 inches. I tried other sizes that didn’t help, but in the end it was accepted.
Then there was the cover … it had to have the print on the spine with a margin for the fold. Which meant that the whole thing depended on the number of pages bound in the book plus the two margins. Sounds simple enough but there were fewer pages than the estimated number, so the cover, which was a .pdf file, had to be changed.
I could have gone for a generic cover or paid “from £300” for a professional design, or is that from 200 copies?
The joys of self publishing for small volume sales .
In the future other books in the Rags to Riches series:
Undercover Policeman: Abroad
Uncovered Policeman; In and Out of the Blues
Uncovered Policeman: Goodbye Blues (due out in October)
will be coming out as paper backs provided there is some interest in this one!
Currently the Uncovered Policeman is only on ‘createspace,’ and on Amazon.
The Amazon link http://amzn.to/2bRlOIb
Or if you are in North America you can use the createspace link https://www.createspace.com/6550919
It has been a good week for new naturist fiction again. Having read new books by John David Harding and Wallace Greensage last week … I have read 3 new works of #naturistfiction this week.
First as promised last posting ..
Will Forest, Aglow.
A great piece of writing spoilt, just a little, for the non-Spanish reader by chunks of text in Spanish. Most are translated or pretty obvious in meaning, but having to decide whether to read or to skip over them was inconvenient. on the other hand the story was well written with a strong plot and narrative to keep you engaged. One to read and take a little time over.
D H Jonathan, The Volunteer
A good enough read to keep one entertained for a couple of days by the pool. Dani makes a mistake and plagiarises a paper, gets caught and either faces expulsion from college (USA) or takes part in a social science project that involves being naked 24/7 for 8 weeks. A little light depth about the social encounters it turns into a frothy lightweight romp.. Not that is of itself bad (says the author of lightweight romps – not even I call the Uncovered Policeman ‘literature’). I gave it a 4 star review.
Matthew Black, Screw Firmly From the Rear
The fourth book in a series about Brad and Leanne’s involvement with the Hidden Lake Naturist Resort. It features as ever Brad’s batty mother, Gwen, and his lustful father, George. Things are not good at Hidden Lakes and get worse with the help of the appearance of Brad’s rather attractive ex-colleague from the planning department. Who reveals something Brad has been keeping quiet. Unlike Leanne who is very vocal about another ‘something’ Brad would rather was kept quiet about.
If, unlike Brad, you can cope with George’s smutty tales of his exploits in the far east while in the navy, an entertaining read.