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The Filey Connection (#1 - Sanford Third Age Club Mystery)

The Filey Connection (#1 - Sanford Third Age Club Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

David W Robinson
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It’s summertime, and the Sanford 3rd Age Club are living it up in the seaside town of Filey. But the hot months don’t pass without problems for amateur sleuth, Joe Murray.

Was Nicola Leach’s death an accident or deliberate? Did Eddie Dobson fall into the sea or did he jump? What’s going on behind the innocent façade – and closed doors – of the Beachside Hotel? And who raided Joe’s room?

Joe and his sidekicks must find the answers to solve the mystery of The Filey Connection.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 439 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1908910267
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing; First edition (25 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007E2JTC2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Robinson is a Yorkshireman living on the outskirts of Manchester, northwest England, with his wife and a crazy Jack Russell Terrier named Joe (because he looks like a Joe).

David writes in several genres under different pseudonyms, but his mainstay is crime and mystery. In January 2012 Crooked Cat Publishing picked up the first of his popular Sanford 3rd Age Club Mysteries, The Filey Connection. Since then a further eleven STAC Mysteries have been published by Crooked Cat and more titles are planned for 2015.

He also produces darker, edgier thrillers, such as The Handshaker, The Deep Secret and Voices; titles which are aimed exclusively at an adult audience and which question our perceptions of reality.

In a more light-hearted mood again, he uses the sledgehammer humour of his alter-ego Flatcap, to reflect on the absurdities of the world at large. Four Flatcap volumes are currently available for download.

As at October 2014, he is working on the 13th STAC Mystery, working title, A Theatrical Murder, which will be set in Skegness (a British seaside resort) in January. He is also preparing for the launch of the second Spookies Mystery, The Man In Black, which is due out late November.

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Twitter handle: @DW96

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read! 31 Mar 2012
By nanjar
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Filey Connection by David W Robinson

I had a lot of fun reading this book! The characters all seem like people you've met at some time, so real in speech, or in nature. Joe, the amateur detective, is an irascible guy who comes across as a man glad to be unattached...but actually, I found he gravitates well, and often, to enjoying the company of his two female side-kicks. D. W. Robinson has a really neat turn of vernacular phrasing in The Filey Connection, humorous and wittily scathing, that made me want to read on to find out what was coming next! A crime committed immediately in the prologue plunges the reader straight into the mystery, the resolving of it through tenacious deduction. Hit and run, or murder? And then, was it a suicide? Or some other nefarious cause of the second death? The resolving of the deaths all takes place over a short few days. The seaside location for the 3rd Age Club, and the extended heatwave, lend and extra edge to the mystery-nothing rushed about the uncovering of the clues that lead to the perpetrators of the crime. There's nothing gruesome or nasty about the deaths, they happen alongside the teasing wordplay between Joe and everyone he meets. I loved D.W. Robinson's version of the `good cop versus bad cop'...except, of course, Joe wasn't really a cop. I found it quite poignant that at five feet six Joe was too short to be recruited to the police, the regulation height lower limit being something that prevented quite a few people from joining the profession in former times. The interaction between Joe, his police friends, and the bad guys worked for me since as a non cop Joe could say things the official police detectives were unable to! I wouldn't want to ever be on the drolly sharp end of Joe Murray's tongue. I look forward to reading more of D.W. Robinson's writing.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cosy mystery 12 Mar 2012
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Another reviewer described this book as a cosy mystery and I have to agree. It's Angela Lansbury meets 1st Lady's Detective Agency. With all the music references and the average age of the characters, it's a good read for the over 40's.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cosy crime murder mystery story 2 Mar 2012
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A cosy kind of crime mystery story, The Filey Connection tells of the intrepid investigations of amateur sleuth Joe Murray, and his two friends, Sheila and Brenda, and is set in Sanford, a small fictional West Yorkshire town. Joe is the long-time owner of 'The Lazy Luncheonette', a popular cafe in the town, frequented by the locals and by staff from several nearby businesses. Joe keeps a very tight rein on all matters business and financial. He is also the chair of the 'Sanford Third Age Club', which provides entertainment and outings for the town's many elderly, divorced, widowed or otherwise lonely inhabitants over 50 years old, and it has over 300 members. Sheila and Brenda, who work for Joe at the cafe, are also secretary and treasurer of the club, respectively. They are both cheerful ladies, both widowed. It's summertime, and the next outing coming up for members is a long weekend away in the east coast seaside town of Filey, and everyone is looking forward to this. Joe is also 'a renowned amateur detective', and has been for many years. 'Puzzles and mysteries had been a joy to him since his childhood.' Along the walls of his cafe sit the many booklets he has written and typed up detailing the various puzzles and crimes that he has cracked over the years, for customers to peruse whilst enjoying their meal.

The novel starts off with a bang as a crime occurs in the prologue. The inhabitants of Sanford, and in particular the members of the 3rd Age Club, are shocked to hear that one of their number has been killed. Joe is immediately intrigued by the case, and starts to look for clues, taking the information the police have so far, which he has gathered from his niece, policewoman Gemma.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Filey Connection. 7 May 2012
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A really good read. The characters are very believable. Joe the amateur sleuth is especially good. The plot keeps you thinking. It is similar to Murder she wrote,with a Northern twist. I am a Filey person, and I think it brought the town to life very naturally. I would recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of appealing characters 13 April 2012
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The Filey Connection, being a crime mystery of the cosy variety is just up my street. The Sanford Third Age Club (STAC) - an assortment of middle-aged rockers, widows and divorcees - is run by cafe owner and amateur sleuth Joe Murray and his friends and colleagues, Sheila Riley and Brenda Jump.

The book opens as Nicola Leach, a member of STAC, is the victim of a hit and run and Joe suspects foul play. Someone seems overly eager to join the club's weekend outing to the seaside town of Filey and when one of the club members goes missing, Joe's investigative antenna really starts to twitch.

When it appears that Eddie Dobson has also lost his life, DCI Terry Cummins is assigned to the case, and together with Joe's observations and analytical mind - and several twists and turns - they eventually solve the mystery.

A very enjoyable read with a wealth of appealing characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 20 Mar 2012
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The Filey Connection is set in the fictional town of Sanford, West Yorkshire, and follows the adventures of Joe (who runs the Sanford Third Age Club), and his two employee/friends, Sheila and Brenda. The tale kicks off with a murder, always a good way to start crime novel, and Joe (an amateur sleuth) is on the case from the word go because the victim is a member of STAC.

The Sanford Third Age Club set off for a weekend in Filey and the mystery deepens as another club member disappears, believed to have committed suicide, but Joe doesn't believe the evidence and sets out to prove the missing man has been murdered.

Without including any spoilers, it's impossible to write more, other than to say this is a cosy crime story, with lots of humour and witty repartee between Joe, Sheila and Brenda.

If I had a fault to find it would be the author's insistence on telling us how great Joe is at being a sleuth, instead of leaving us to make up our own minds. In fact, it would be easier to believe in his powers if they had been mentioned just a little less often. But that is a minor gripe and it didn't spoil my enjoyment of this delightful tale.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars ... to sex by the main character and becomes very tiresome after a...
This series of books are marred by the constant references to sex by the main character and becomes very tiresome after a while. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Bill Door
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun Read
I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading further adventures of the STAC members. They're my age, a bunch of recycled teens, so I can get to grips with them! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pammie
5.0 out of 5 stars a most enjoyable book
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and will definitely be reading more of the Sanord Third Age Club book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs J A Considine
3.0 out of 5 stars Yorkshire series
Good idea using believable characters who work in a small former mining community ( Castleford?) and run a club for senior citizens. Read more
Published 7 months ago by geoffjones
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Fun to read with well rounded characters who are believable. Didn't have a clue who done it coming as a surprise at the end. Read more
Published 8 months ago by V L HADFIELD
5.0 out of 5 stars The Filey Connection
This was my first read by David W Robinson, but it wo'nt be my last. I,m on the second book.
Published 10 months ago by suzy wong
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
I really wanted to like this - the idea behind the series was nice, a trio of older people solving crimes, but the main character, Joe, is awful - rude, full of himself... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cally
3.0 out of 5 stars It grows on you
If you persevere the series will grow on you... but it is hard to get into a trio of old people by the English seaside...
Published 10 months ago by JM
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned detective story!
Easy reading with interesting characters and a thoroughly good story.
I would definitely recommend this book to mystery lovers everywhere.
Published 12 months ago by Essexelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended read
Accident or murder? The curmudgeonly Joe Murray works doggedly through the clues to reach the truth, against the unexpected backdrop of the British seaside in a heat wave. Read more
Published 12 months ago by KB Sharp
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