Chris Dolley is a New York Times bestselling author, a pioneer computer game designer and a teenage freedom fighter. That was in 1974 when Chris was tasked with publicising Plymouth Rag Week. Some people might have arranged an interview with the local newspaper. Chris created the Free Cornish Army, invaded the country next door, and persuaded the UK media that Cornwall had risen up and declared independence. As he told journalists at the time, 'It was only a small country, and I did give it back.'
In 1981, he created Randomberry Games and wrote Necromancer, one of the first 3D first person perspective D&D computer games.
In 2004, his acclaimed novel, Resonance, was the first book plucked out of Baen's electronic slushpile.
Now he lives in rural France with his wife and a frightening number of animals. They grow their own food and solve their own crimes. The latter out of necessity when Chris's identity was stolen along with their life savings. Abandoned by the police forces of four countries who all insisted the crime originated in someone else's jurisdiction, he had to solve the crime himself. Which he did, and got a book out of it - the International bestseller, French Fried: One Man's Move to France With Too Many Animals And An Identity Thief.
He writes SF, Fantasy, Mystery, Humour and Memoir. His memoir, French Fried, is an NY Times bestseller. What Ho, Automaton! - the first of his Reeves and Worcester Steampunk Mysteries series - was a finalist for the 2012 WSFA Small Press Award.
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The Aunt Paradox
HG Wells has a problem. His Aunt has borrowed his time machine and won’t give it back. Now she’s rewriting history! Reggie Worcester, gentleman’s consulting detective, and his automaton valet, Reeves, are hired to retrieve the machine and put the timeline back together. But things get complicated. Dead bodies start piling up behind Reggie’s sofa. This 100 page novella is the third in the series.
How Possession Can Help You Lose Weight
“I lost so much weight I could float above my bed!” - Lida Blair
The hilarious new spoof diet book from New York Times bestselling author, Chris Dolley. This book covers everything from ‘the science of possession’ to ‘Crapper Clinic’s Demon Dating Service’ that ensures clients are possessed by the demon most compatible with their slimming needs.
Like Brick, this book is both short and funny.
Französisch mit Spickzettel: Zwei Engländer, zu viele Tiere, und ein Kriminalfall
New York Times Bestseller
Tiere, die sich unmöglich benehmen, die Mißgeschicke anderer Leute und der bizarrste Kriminalfall, den es je gegeben hat. Der internationale Bestseller Französisch mit Spickzettel ist die—unglaubliche, aber wahre—Geschichte der ersten acht Monate, die Chris in Frankreich verbracht hat. Er wurde als 'ein Jahr in der Provence mit Miss Marple und Gerald Durrel' bezeichnet.
First Contact, Seventies Style! from NYT bestselling author.
A fun short story where murder isn’t the only mystery, and our detective’s clothes are far from plain. 1940s Noir meets 1970s Glam.
The story begins as a bizarre murder case in an unusual location, but nothing is as it seems. And the fate of an entire civilisation rests on a man with spiky red hair and six-inch platform shoes.
Guy Fawkes is back and this time it’s a toss up who’s going to be blown up first–Parliament or Reginald Worcester, gentleman consulting detective.
Guy might not be the only regicide to have been dug up and reanimated. He might be a mere pawn in a plan of diabolical twistiness.
Only a detective with a rare brain–and Reggie’s is amongst the rarest–could possibly solve this five-cocktail problem.
International Kittens of Mystery
Whenever the planet is in danger – be it from giant balls of wool or bands of renegade squirrels – only one group is guaranteed to answer the call. The International Kittens of Mystery!
This is a journal of their stories. If you like a fun story with lots of cute pictures of kittens saving the planet, this is the book for you. It'll be the best 30 minutes you’ve spent this year.
An Unsafe Pair of Hands
Quirky murder mystery set in rural England.
Peter Shand is a high-flying police administrator sent to a quiet rural CID team. On his second day he’s thrust into a high-profile murder case. A body is discovered in an old stone circle – with another woman buried alive beneath her.
The pressure on Shand is enormous. The case is baffling. And then another murder occurs, and had there been a third?
Medium Dead is a fun urban fantasy chronicling the crime fighting adventures of Brenda – a reluctant medium – and Brian – a Vigilante Demon with an impish sense of humor. Think Stephanie Plum with magic and a dash of Carl Hiaasen.
Brian doesn't just catch criminals, he plays with them first. As he told Brenda, If all we did was turn up, capture the bad guy then leave, we'd die of boredom.
A near future SF mystery thriller with a touch of out-of-body horror.
A serial killer with multiple personalities. An astronaut who returns from higher dimensional space a changed man. And two unlikely detectives who have to get inside the mind of a killer - literally.
“Shift is an exciting and shocking futuristic thriller. Heart-pounding suspense and an inventive twist of SF," SciFiChick
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Described as ‘one of the most original science fiction stories of recent times,” Resonance is a contemporary science fiction mystery. Graham Smith is a man with OCD who believes the world changes every time he strays from his daily routine. Annalise Mercado hears voices – all from girls called Annalise. The voices tell her about the danger Graham’s in. And how only she can keep him alive
What Ho, Automaton!
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Wodehouse Steampunk! **WSFA Small Press Award nominee **
Reggie Worcester and Reeves, his automaton valet, are consulting detectives in an alternative 1903 where an augmented Queen Victoria is still on the throne and automata are a common sight below stairs.
Humour, Mystery, Aunts, and Zeppelins!
Contains two stories - a novelette and a long novella - totalling 50k words (250 paperback pages)
French Fried: one man's move to France with too many animals and an identity thief
* NY Times bestseller * Animals behaving badly, other people's misfortunes and a bizarre true crime story. His identity stolen, life savings gone, and getting nowhere with the police, Chris decides to solve the crime himself. But unlike fictional detectives he has an 80 year-old mother-in-law and an excitable puppy who insist they come along if he's going anywhere interesting - like a stakeout.
Magical Crimes is a fun CSI with magic novelette that has everything – a locked room mystery, a forensic magician, and ... a psychic profiler with a two-foot long boinkwurst. Naturally this boinkwurst is used purely for the purposes God intended – humour and crimefighting – not for lustful titillation.
Chris Dolley is a New York Times bestselling author.
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