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About Milly Reynolds
Welcome to my author page.
So why Mike Malone? I love all things detective and wanted to create my own series. However, I decided not to go for the deep, dark thriller - I could never compete with the masters of that genre, like Jo Nesbo whose books I adore? Therefore I came to the decision that the Mike Malone series would be off-beat. I like to think that there is humour in my books; I don't want to scare people, I want to make them chuckle - there is not enough laughter in the world at the moment. As the series has progressed, I have become very attached to Mike; he is the comfortable pair of slippers that I put on at night. My husband has also become attached to Fi and I am under strict instructions not to let anything happen to her - yet.
Living in Lincolnshire, I love the flat, endless landscapes and want these to be seen in my books alongside places that I know and love. Mike Malone has moved from the city to Lincolnshire and has fallen in love with the place; me, I was born here and can't think of anywhere else I'd rather be.
However, although Mike was my first creation, he is not the only one. I have also created Jack Sallt, another Detective Inspector. Jack is grittier than Mike and there is not the humour in his stories that there is in the Mike Malone stories. I wanted to write a more 'grown-up' detective story. When time allows this may be developed into a series as well.
With two male detectives under my wing, I also decided that it was time for the girls to take centre stage and 'Scorpion's Tale', my first novel featuring Liv Harris, a character in the Jack Sallt novels, was published in 2013. I am hoping that Liv will make another appearance at some point in the future when time allows
Not content with crime, I have also wandered into the realms of romance; my first stand-alone novel 'The Unseen Sky' was published August 2011. I have a few ideas for future stand-alone novels so watch this space.
I'm lucky, I enjoy writing and find it just as relaxing to sit and create as it is to read, although sometimes a good book can get in the way of my writing. I read on average 50/60 books a year. My favourite genre? Crime - of course. Anyway, I hope you like my novels. I have fun coming up with ideas for Mike - the more bizarre the better. One reviewer of my books wrote that these books are 'completely off the wall' and another commented that they are 'set in a bubble', a 'whimsyland'. I'm happy with that.
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In this latest Mike Malone Mystery, Mike finds that an ex-colleague is proving to be a silent victim and refusing to give him any information that will allow him to apprehend her tormentors. He and his faithful Detective Sergeant, Alan Shepherd, are frustrated because they see the attacks escalating and have no idea what the reason behind them is. Then, things take a very ominous turn and Mike finds himself faced with a situation where a life is at stake.
Continuing to probe privately, Jack begins to uncover links between her disappearance, ongoing Police and political corruption, along with the high incidence of missing young women in his new home town.
In this latest mystery, Mike has to find out why, for some ladies, baking a nice cake can be the quickest way to a sticky end.
This is the first of a series of tongue-in-cheek crime mysteries featuring DI Mike Malone.