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THE STRANGE CASE OF ALBERT MITCHELL (detective mysteries) (The London Road Mysteries Book 1)

THE STRANGE CASE OF ALBERT MITCHELL (detective mysteries) (The London Road Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

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"I loved this rip roaring detective story. Great period details and strong characters. I read it in one sitting," Chris Child

"There's a lot of action. I could imagine this making an exciting TV series." Ann Abrams

"It's great for Sherlock Holmes fans. Peter Keeley brings Manchester in 1911 to vivid life." Steve Moore

A brilliant period detective mystery
Detective James Francis Dineen and his partner John Moreland hear a gunshot during a training exercise at the London Road police station. Running over, they find one of their colleagues is dead, with an unfired gun in his hand. It looks like a disguised murder, but with no witnesses and no motive the detectives must deploy all their skills to unpick the mystery. Soon there's another corpse, and a significant new clue. Their investigation takes them across Manchester as they go from shady pubs and opium dens to the Royal Exchange.

James Dineen is inspired by Sherlock Holmes, and tries unorthodox tactics that aren't taught in training school. He's from the same rough background as the criminals he pursues, so isn't afraid to bend the rules to solve a case. While John Moreland is a church-going family man, who plays by the book.

The Strange Case of Albert Mitchell is the first of Peter Keeley's London Road mysteries, stories from the casebook of James Francis Dineen. It will appeal to all fans of early 20th century detective fiction.

Book Two of 'The London Road Mysteries' THE HEATON PARK MURDER is available on amazon now.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 538 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Not So Noble British Detective Books (15 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Peter Keeley was born in 1983 in Crumpsall Hospital. He and his twin brother Christopher both have Cerebral Palsy; as a result of this Peter is badly Dyslexic and needs to use a wheel chair.

He grew up in Crumpsall Manchester and wrote his first play "The Role Model" at the age of 14. This follows the struggles of a disabled boy who struggles to cope with various issues. He received the Scope Millennium Award to develop the play which was performed at Contact Theatre in Manchester where Peter also worked as a wheeling usher.

More plays and Stand up/ Sit down Comedy were to follow; all written by Peter

He wrote a community play for The Royal Exchange (Colour Blind) in 2002.

He then got his big break in TV When his idea for a Comedy 'I'm with stupid' was picked up by BBC3. The show ran for one series and was made into a pilot for US network ABC. It picked up an RTS Award in 2006 for best new comedy too.

He then went to Manchester Metropolitan University where he read English and Creative writing. He graduated in 2010

It was when he was there researching his dissertation that he came across the now derelict London Road Fire Station that had once housed the main Manchester: Fire Station, Ambulance Station, Police Station, Gas-meter Testing Station, Coroner's Court and Bank. He developed a fascination with this and other amazing buildings in Manchester and used them to create a backdrop for the characters. Two young men from Shudehill, an impoverished area of Manchester, whose lives take different paths: James becomes a police officer whilst the other young man, Greg, follows a less salubrious journey. John Moreland, James superior and mentor gives his charge a free hand to develop his skills (where he considers it appropriate) and completes his casebook records becoming the narrator in this series of short stories or novella.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ripping yarn set in 1911 Manchester 2 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed reading The Strange Case of Alfred Mitchell. Peter Keeley brings to life the hustle and bustle of Manchester of a hundred years ago. The detective's quest takes them right across the city, and we get a glimpse of many different types of characters living there, as the story unfolds. I will look out for more of his stories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 15 Nov 2013
By Jim..
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An excellent piece of period storytelling, the understated chemisty between the two detectives is well crafted, and the details of life in Manchester bring to life this story, can't wait for the next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and Enjoyable 13 Dec 2013
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Set in Manchester in 1911 we follow two policemen, D.I. Moreland, and D.S. Dineen, as they track down the killer of one of their colleagues. When Albert Mitchell is shot in a training exercise our intrepid duo are out to find the culprit. Albert's death at first sight may look like a suicide, but considering there are no bullets in the gun, that it hasn't been fired, and that there is no gunpowder residue on Albert's hands it shows that he must have been murdered.

As we follow the two around Manchester, the truth of what happened is slowly unravelled. There are some typos in this, and in a couple of places the writing is a bit clumsy, making you have to re-read a couple of paragraphs. Although I did enjoy this I will freely admit that a junior officer leading the case with his senior acting more or less as his assistant is a bit preposterous, especially in the ranks of a police force. However you can put your feet up with this, have a cuppa, and lose yourself in the tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality detective fiction 15 Nov 2013
By bsms585
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Ripping yarn of vintage detective pedigree, set in Manchester in 1911. All the classic ingredients of story-telling success and succinctly formatted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 15 Nov 2013
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A cracking detective mystery in the style of Sherlock Holmes, I really enjoyed this story and will look out for Keeley in the future. Loved the characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The strange case of Albert Mitchell 7 Feb 2014
By S.R
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This book is particularly poor and written in a very strange style and is short although that may be its only saving grace
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read from start to finish 19 Jan 2014
By Sally
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Very good read from start to finish a refreshing crime novel it was hard to put down once I had started to read it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish 10 Jan 2014
By Stuart
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Dont waste your money Comic books are more entertaining than this dross. I read it in 15 mins. And the story.....why bother
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Manchester Crime
The young James Dineen from Shudehill joins the police force after realising he went to the same school as Conan Doyle. Read more
Published 2 days ago by A. C. Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Try this book
I enjoyed reading this book, it was interesting to read about the past. The author has done a great job in my view.
Published 14 days ago by Robert pearson
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute rubbish
When I read the synopsis I thought this would be right up my street. How wrong I was.
Published 19 days ago by Rebecca Bussey
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor attempt at Holmes
Not a very good effort to write in the style of Conan Doyle. The characters are weak and the story plot leaves loads for the reader to try to make sense of.
Published 1 month ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars would recommend
This part of a trilogy and they are all superb read and very interesting too, would recommend them
Published 1 month ago by Pearl Peckham
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
short and very poor.
Published 1 month ago by marye
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather laboured, but still a good read
It is a rather slow read - and maybe a little difficult in prose and laboured, but still an interesting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DJohn Schofield
2.0 out of 5 stars The strange case of Albert Mitchell.
Disappointing ! Thre was no time t.o get to know the characters and then it was finished in a flash. Totally not what I expected
Published 6 months ago by lisa
3.0 out of 5 stars Vengence
I chose this book in a hurry and it is short stories ,which I dislike .I,m not all that keen on books set in America .All in all it was a mistake
Published 6 months ago by Joyce Major
5.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
A very poor story line not well written at all
Seems to fumble to keep the tail going but your own input will tell
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