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Initial post: 19 Feb 2012 14:13:22 GMT
Written in the first person, Escape Company. begins with two men bound together by the same experience. With both of their wives in prison, they are fired with the same idea-how to get their ladies out.

The idea becomes an obsession, with meticulous planning involving prison routines, deadlocks, and security cameras, not to mention razor wire and some very unfriendly dogs.

Our two heroes spring their wives successfully and the idea occurs to them to form a limited company-limited to certain prisoners who merit release. So Escape Company. is born, a dedicated team of lawbreakers whose services are provided to inmates with large amounts of cash.

There are rules of course. Terrorists, sex offenders, and psychos can stay where they are, but anybody else? Well, each case is decided on its own merits.

Could such a scenario possibly work? Of course not...oh, but there was that breakout from Parkhurst not so long ago.

Wasn't there some incident at Barlinnie? Then, if you remember, there was all that hoohah at the Scrubs.... No, it couldn't possibly work. Escape Company is pure fiction...isn't it?

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2012 17:16:39 GMT
Jimmy says:
Out of interest what is your background to writing this. Have you ever worked in a prison or anything?

Posted on 1 May 2012 16:51:21 BDT
Bill Todd says:
When the giant cargo ship Margherita sheds her containers in a Channel storm ex-para Danny Lancaster and his mates go beachcombing.
On a storm-lashed beach it's like Aladdin's cave. The stuff is going to get ruined so, what the hell, finders-keepers. Insurance pays out, no one dies.
But among the mangled containers they find more than they bargained for. The discovery draws Danny to a network of gangsters and dodgy politicians. A lap dancer goes missing, Ambrose and Everard are plotting and crime boss Big Eddie Archer wants a word,
And once Danny gets angry, that's it. His training is all about speed and ferocity behind enemy lines. The fuse is lit for a bonfire night confrontation. That's when the real storm breaks. People start to die.

The Wreck Of The Margherita (Danny Lancaster Investigates)

Posted on 7 May 2012 15:25:07 BDT
Bill Todd says:
Danny sat back low on the sofa, remembering the bayonet going in, the resistance, the blade grating against ribs. He remembered the eyes of the tall talib in the black turban, knowledge exchanged in a look.
Remembered the smell of garlic on his breath. Remembered a flipflop falling from the man's foot as he pitched backwards.
Killing wasn't good or bad, it was the job, stopping them hurting a mate, getting in first. Not good or bad, but intense.


Bob Lovejoy took his nose trimmer from the bathroom cabinet and looked hard into the shaving mirror. The skin around his eyes was puffy. He pulled at the rumpled bags of flesh with a fingertip and watched them creep slowly back into their original shape.
He stretched his mouth into a humourless grin. The movement sent tiny ripples through his chin. Several of his teeth were crooked. They were a bugger to clean, even with that fiddly string stuff Wanda had bought him.
Bob let out a long sigh and stepped back from the mirror. He placed a finger on each nipple and stirred, watching with a feeling of sinking despair as his moobs jiggled like jelly.

The Wreck Of The Margherita (Danny Lancaster Investigates)

Posted on 7 May 2012 19:23:36 BDT
Miss Marlowe says:
Murder in the fashion business.
The Lily Branch (DI Elizabeth Jewell)

Posted on 10 May 2012 16:41:46 BDT
Bill Todd says:
It's what you did. What you volunteered for. What you were good at. All the training prepared you for the job they paid you for and that job was war.
It was a world apart. Different country, different culture, different everything. No petty rules, just rules of engagement. No tick-box targets, real flesh-and-bone ones. The only performance-related bonus was staying alive, save someone else the trouble of packing your bags for the journey home.

Old Stan always sat in the same armchair, the one with elbow indentations in the arms that had worn through the fabric.
His forearms were dotted with tattoos. The loose leathery skin made them look as if they were melting.
He spoke in short gasps and his belly quivered when he laughed. The table by his chair was always laid out the same, big old valve radio, that week's Radio Times, Capstan Full Strength and a bottle of Mackeson that Nan always insisted sat on a coaster so it didn't mark the wood.
His breath smelled of tobacco and old age and he kept his dentures in the tray from a large household match box behind the radio.

The Wreck Of The Margherita (Danny Lancaster Investigates)
"Witty, gory, sexy, educational in parts, it's a fantastic read" - Peter Thornton, The Sun

Posted on 11 May 2012 08:59:37 BDT
Bill Todd says:
Captain Papadopoulos listened to an update from Solent Coastguard. He had been a seaman for nearly forty years, master of the Margherita for the last twelve. The ship was his home, the crew his family. If it came to it, evacuating felt like failure but he had a duty to his men. It would be a major challenge in these sea conditions. They would stay aboard until abandoning was unavoidable, then take to the ships' lifeboats if rescue craft and helicopters were unable to get close.
As he looked out of the bridge window again, along the huge deck with its towering cargo, a giant cliff face of grey water surged out of the swirling murk and slammed into the ship.

"Bob! Morning ... yes, yes, I know what time it is. No, I'm not an insomniac, well, not usually. No, listen, just listen, Bob. Have you heard the news? ... Well stick Sky on. Yes, that's right. The ship, yes, household stuff, tools, there's a bit of everything. It's one big free closing down sale.
The Wreck Of The Margherita (Danny Lancaster Investigates)
"Witty, gory, sexy, educational in parts, it's a fantastic read" - Peter Thornton, The Sun

Posted on 11 May 2012 16:27:03 BDT
S says:
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Posted on 11 May 2012 18:22:45 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 May 2012 17:06:50 BDT
Finally, CreateSpace paper books have become affordable and available
from near-by distributor centres at reasonable P&P rates!
How's that for progress?!

Hiding the Elephant (Simon Grant Mysteries)
and the sequel
Lock Up Your Daughters (Simon Grant Mysteries)

They're also available in Kindle format
HIDING THE ELEPHANT (Simon Grant Mysteries)
LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS (Simon Grant Mysteries)

and in a single volume
Double Trouble (Two Simon Grant Mysteries)

One of the 5-star reviews for HIDING THE ELEPHANT (Simon Grant Mysteries)
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Complex Mystery
By James A. Anderson "Author" (London, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: HIDING THE ELEPHANT (Simon Grant Mysteries) (Kindle Edition)
My review of Mira Kolar-Bown's HIDING THE ELEPHANT (Simon Grant Mysteries) has now gone live on Amazon:

I've never read such a wonderful, complex mystery in a long time. Mira Kolar-Brown's writing reminds me a lot of P.D. James.

She elevates the genre to a much higher literary standard. Mind you, this is not a fast-paced, page-turning read. It takes some time and one has to concentrate because of the many plot and character complexities. Not my usual reading fare or preference, but I quite enjoyed the journey and the rather surprising conclusion.

It is a very complex mystery set in northeast England where I lived for a while as a young boy. It brought back some fond memories.

There's a lot to the story. The book starts with the protaganist,Detective Inspector Simon Grant, injured and being held at gun point by a killer called Dancer. Told through the skillful use of flashbacks, the story brings out the complexities of Inspector Grant and what makes him the way he is. The book is rich in complex characters and will drive you crazy trying to figure out who the killer is. I didn't.

HIDING THE ELEPHANT is a wonderful read, very satisfying and I can't wait to read the followup novel, LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS (Simon Grant Mysteries) . Both books are a bargain at 77p. You can even get them both in a special edition, Two Simon Grant Mysteries

And, just to be even-handed, a 5-star review of LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS (Simon Grant Mysteries)
5.0 out of 5 stars No Sophomore Slump
By Leighton D. Gage (S„o Paulo, Brazil) - See all my reviews
This review is from: LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS (Simon Grant Mysteries) (Kindle Edition)
Mira Kolar-Brown's second book, "Lock Up You Daughters", is, if anything, even better than her first, "Hiding the Elephant". HIDING THE ELEPHANT (Simon Grant Mysteries) But that's not to say that you should skip the second and plunge immediately into the first.
That would be a twofold mistake. First, because you'd be passing up a terrific book, and, second, because Mira reveals, in "Daughters", some things that remain unresolved and mysterious in "Elephant".
And, once you've been there, you can't go back.
Folks already familiar with Mira's work are going to be pleased to return to her England of the early nineties where they can, once again, catch up with Simon Grant.
Simon, for those of you who have yet to meet him, is a moral cop who leads a complicated personal life with his wife and the woman he loves.
And they are not the same person.
"Daughters" focuses on the murder of two women, separated by years in time, but whom we ultimately discover to have been victims of the same killer.
And both the identity of that killer, and the motive for the deeds, will surprise you.
At least, they did me.
This book, on Kindle, is an absolute steal. Buy it.

Posted on 12 May 2012 13:41:28 BDT
Bill Todd says:
He stood by the door, big fisted hands planted on his hips, a slab of a man in greyish silhouette against the light outside. As his big head turned from side to side, surveying the room, his spiky gelled hair turned against the backlight like a twisting bed of nails.

The Wreck Of The Margherita (Danny Lancaster Investigates)
"Witty, gory, sexy, educational in parts, it's a fantastic read" - Peter Thornton, The Sun

Posted on 12 May 2012 20:43:41 BDT
Bill Todd says:
Bob looked across at Danny and there was a wild light in his eyes. "That was bloody good fun. Best day I've had in ages."
"Glad I persuaded you then?" asked Danny.
"Too right, mate. Charging about back there, legging it from the Bill, better than Viagra."
Worry flickered across Bob's face and he scanned the others in the cab for any reaction.
"Not that I ever use the stuff."
"Viagra," said Karol thoughtfully, "is named for the Sanskrit word vyaaghra which means tiger."
"Trust you to know that," said Bob.
"Very useful for pub quiz," said Karol.

The Wreck Of The Margherita (Danny Lancaster Investigates)
"Witty, gory, sexy, educational in parts, it's a fantastic read" - Peter Thornton, The Sun

Posted on 12 May 2012 21:40:00 BDT
Sometimes you just have to go All In
5 star thriller.

Posted on 17 May 2012 15:19:27 BDT
Bill Todd says:
or leave a message behind the bar at The Bellerophon

The Wreck Of The Margherita (Danny Lancaster Investigates)
"Witty, gory, sexy, educational in parts, it's a fantastic read" - Peter Thornton, The Sun

Posted on 17 May 2012 16:10:26 BDT
Mel Comley says:
Cruel Justice (Justice series book one))

The headless body of a wealthy widow is discovered
decomposing in Chelling Forest. Then a second victim is found. Detective
Inspector Lorne Simpkins and her partner, DS Pete Childs are assigned the case.
Before they can discover the identity of the killer they must make a connection
between the two victims.

After a third murder, Lorne receives a grisly surprise. Clearly, a vicious
serial killer is on a rampage...and Lorne has become the killer's fixation.

Lorne can't allow her failing marriage or her new boss--a man with whom she
shares a sensuous secret--keep her from focusing on her job. She must catch the
macabre murderer, or risk becoming the next victim.

Approx 88,000 words

This is the first in the Justice series, Impeding Justice and Final Justice are also available on Amazon. Book four FOUL JUSTICE is due out next week.

Posted on 17 May 2012 17:03:39 BDT
Sons Of Nervous Lovers

A novella. In which a drug-dealer tells his tale.

Posted on 17 May 2012 20:52:07 BDT
Bill Todd says:
"Come in." Forrester stepped aside to let the woman enter. He took her coat and hung it in a cupboard, then shot the three bolts home on the front door.
As he followed her down the hallway he admired the way the thin dress she was wearing cupped her bottom, catching her movement as she walked, stretching the material from right shoulder to left buttock, left buttock to right shoulder with each step. The motion was quite hypnotic.
She had good legs, he noted, with well-defined calves. She was above average height and those ridiculous heels accentuated her stature and the way she moved.
It never ceased to amaze Forrester that, despite the fact it was windy and wet outside, women's vanity never failed to drive them out in all weathers in the most unsuitable clothing.

The Wreck Of The Margherita (Danny Lancaster Investigates)
"Witty, gory, sexy, educational in parts, it's a fantastic read" - Peter Thornton, The Sun

Posted on 18 May 2012 14:26:15 BDT
Bill Todd says:
Power is the proof you've cracked it. Power gives you respect. You can see it in other people, the way they won't hold your gaze, they way their shoulders dip, all in the body language, fear and surrender. They'd know what you've done, know you for who you are, what you're capable of. You're on a higher level, a different kind of animal. They'd see it all and they'd know it and they wouldn't challenge you because they'd know the consequences. The axe leads to the guns, the money and the women. It was the beginning. The path to power.


"What, mum?"
"I forgot to get some Hobnobs."
"They're not good for you," said Barbara Harvey. "You know they get stuck under your plate."
"You forget I went through a war. You didn't get any of this health and safety nonsense when there were bombs coming down every night."
Barbara sighed. "I know that mum but you're teeth were better back then."

The Wreck Of The Margherita (Danny Lancaster Investigates)
"Witty, gory, sexy, educational in parts, it's a fantastic read" - Peter Thornton, The Sun

Posted on 19 May 2012 09:24:09 BDT
John Logan says:

Blog review of The Survival of Thomas Ford

27 five-star reviews now on Amazon UK!

The Survival of Thomas Ford

Posted on 19 May 2012 14:06:49 BDT
Bill Todd says:
or leave a message behind the bar at The Bellerophon

The Wreck Of The Margherita (Danny Lancaster Investigates)
"Witty, gory, sexy, educational in parts, it's a fantastic read" - Peter Thornton, The Sun

Posted on 19 May 2012 21:20:11 BDT
Bill Todd says:
A fork of lightning ripped the blackness. She took three paces forward and twirled on the balls of her feet, arms outstretched, face turned upward.
Rain pounded on the roof of the greenhouse and bubbled over the gutters, splashing onto the stone patio and running in rivers down to the lawns. Her hair was heavy with water. He remembered her dress stretched and rippled over her body like a second skin as she moved.
He had stood still in the doorway, watching.
"You're getting wet."
She turned to face him, her dark fringe plastered down to her long eye lashes.
"Yes, I am."

The Wreck Of The Margherita (Danny Lancaster Investigates)
"Witty, gory, sexy, educational in parts, it's a fantastic read" - Peter Thornton, The Sun

Posted on 19 May 2012 22:11:20 BDT
Seb Kirby says:

Just to mention 5-star crime thrillerTake No More - the Murder Mystery Thriller.

'Take No More by Seb Kirby is a fast-paced thriller about murder, corruption, and art, and is set in London and Florence. James Blake finds his wife Julia, an art conservator, murdered in their apartment and sets out to find her killer. Julia left him one clue to go on: a text message that read "help me" with an attachment showing Michelangelo's painting Leda and the Swan. The main character was very relatable and likeable. But what I liked most about this book was that the author surprised me when I'm usually pretty good at seeing things coming. Perfect timing with interesting twists kept me going and enjoying the book until the end.'

Best wishes


Posted on 22 May 2012 17:09:21 BDT
Carla didn't like to lose at poker, she was even prepared to murder to win. Then someone wanted her dead.

All In Re-edited and reduced in price.

Posted on 22 May 2012 19:12:42 BDT
IC Camilleri says:
The Blake Curse
This supernatural thriller pivots on two powerful characters; Ben Blake, the gifted British Intelligence officer embarking on his first undercover assignment, and Jake Snell, the rugged Earl full of vices, the rogue who has to tease out that single thread of goodness inside his crumbling shell. He is Ben's only lifeline in this treacherous game.

Posted on 25 May 2012 22:41:36 BDT
Bill Todd says:
Hopefully The Queen will enjoy glorious sunshine for the jubilee double bank holiday next weekend to mark her 60-year reign.
But if the weather fails to co-operate at least there are some good books to read.
The Danny Lancaster ebook crime-thriller Death Squad, sequel to The Wreck Of The Margherita, is now available on Amazon. Here's the info:

For Danny Lancaster - ex-paratrooper turned private detective - it should have been a simple job.
His client - the breathtakingly beautiful Countess Camilla D'Allessi - hires Afghanistan veteran Danny for a covert surveillance, watch Seventies rock star Mickey "Tattoo" Carpenter, see what he does, who he meets.
But Danny's nosey nature gets the better of him. Camilla's "simple" surveillance job leads him to a grisly discovery at a remote Cornish farmhouse.
Then the bodies start to pile up. A young girl is dead from a drug overdose, another lies in a coma. Someone is out to take revenge on the dinosaur rock band Death Squad.
Suddenly police raid his flat and office in Brighton. Danny is on the run, wanted for murder. All he has going for him is supreme fitness, a talent to duck and dive and an unshakeable belief that, "something'll turn up".
Only he can prove his innocence. And to do that he has got to stay out of a prison cell.
Nothing will stop Danny hunting down the two murderous maniacs and their mystery backer for a final high-octane showdown of mud and fire.

Death Squad (Danny Lancaster Investigates)
The Wreck Of The Margherita (Danny Lancaster Investigates)

Posted on 26 May 2012 06:16:49 BDT
B. Rawlinson says:
Fine material for only 77p a pop
Killing Share (Michael Fielding Book 1)
Cash Point (Michael Fielding Book 2)
Terrific value for money Private Eye series set in London with free humour included in each book.
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