As you may have already guessed, Milly Reynolds is not my real name. Like my 'hero' Detective Inspector Mike Malone, I also hide my real identity.
I live in Lincolnshire and love the flat, endless landscapes and I want these to be seen in my books. Mike Malone has moved from the city to Lincolnshire - unlike me, I was born here and haven't moved.
I have recently 'retired' from my job, I was a teacher in a secondary school, to pursue my dream of becoming a writer - and to devote more time to my volunteer work. I also help at my local RSPB centre and also take groups of children out on the marshes to try to instil in them a love for birds and nature.
So why Mike Malone? I love all things detective and wanted to create my own series. However, I have decided not to go for the deep, dark thriller - how can I compete with the masters of that genre? I adore the books by Jo Nesbo - a real genius. Therefore I came to the decision that Mike Malone 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. I have six Mike Malone novels and I am slowly getting them onto Smashwords. I have also started number seven.
However, although Mike was my first creation, he is not the only one. I have also recently created Jack Sallt, another DI. 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. I wrote the first Jack Sallt in Autumn 2011 and completed the second novel in the series this summer (2012. Look out for these as they will also be appearing on smashwords as soon as I can manage it. Not content with crime, I also decided to try my hand at a romantic novel and my first stand-alone novel 'The Unseen Sky' was written August 2011 - this will be following.
I'm lucky, I enjoy writing and find it just as relaxing to sit and create as it is to read. I hope you like my books.
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See How She Runs
When, a week before the annual Flower Parade, a bull gets hit by a car, Detective Inspector Mike Malone thinks that it is an unfortunate accident. However, when he is told that the bull sustained injuries inconsistent with a car accident, he realises that once again he has a murder to solve. Then, with the crowds gathering in the town ahead of the busy weekend, a farmer's wife goes missing ...
Strawberries and Sheep
With DI Mike Malone's wedding only two weeks away, the last thing he needs are a series of unexplained murders. However, when two women also disappear, then Mike finds that not only is his wedding at risk, but his own happiness.
This is the ninth in the Mike Malone mystery series where quirky plots and humour go hand in hand.
Death For Art's Sake
With his forthcoming wedding just around the corner, DI Mike Malone is hoping that his little town stays crime-free. Unfortunately, his peace and quiet is shattered when the hideously mutilated body of a young girl is found. As he and his faithful DS, Alan Shepherd pursue the callous murderer, an old nemesis returns to cause even more problems.
And Then She Was Bad
In this latest mystery, when the naked body of a young man is found in a local beauty spot, Detective Inspector Mike Malone has two problems. Firstly to find the young man's identity and secondly to find out who murdered him. However, things are never simple and when Mike also discovers that one of his own is in trouble, he realises that an old adversary is once again playing him for a fool.
With the wedding of his Detective Sergeant imminent, Detective Inspector Mike Malone finds that his life is very complicated. Firstly, he has to explain to his partner, Dr Fiona Davies, what exactly what happened on Alan Shepherd’s stag-do and secondly, he has a series of brutal murders to solve. As the case develops, Mike Malone finds that, in this instance, a policeman’s lot is not a happy one.
Tails I Win, Heads You Lose
When the local milkman starts finding sheep's heads instead of empty milk bottles, DI Mike Malone knows that once again, he has a murderer to find. With his trusted DS, Alan Shepherd, at his side, he starts the search for the vital clues that will solve the case.
But then, Max Kitchener arrives in town to exact his bloody revenge upon Mike.
The 5th in this series of tongue-in-cheek novels.
Kissing The Devil
In this fourth mystery, Mike Malone has to solve a very odd crime. Who exactly is the White Devil and why is he paying night-time visits to the wives of the local farmers? Mike puts it all down to high spirits but once blood is spilt in the farmyard,he realise that maybe the White Devil is trying to throw them off his real goal.
Meanwhile, the ghosts from Mike’s past are getting closer.
Rolling The Jack
When Jon McElvoy, a Liberal Democrat MP, is found dead in his North Norfolk home, DI Jack Sallt and his colleagues quickly decide that this is a murder made to look like a suicide. However, when the Intelligence Services arrive, all of their findings are thrown into the air.
As Jack tries to expose the truth, he finds that someone is trying to use his personal demons to ruin him.
The Hanged Cow
The third Mike Malone mystery. In this book, with his trusted DS, Alan Shepherd, at his side, Mike has to discover the link between the hanging silver cows and the brutal murder of a young girl. Once again, he believes the answer lies in the rhyme if only he can solve it.
He also finds that his peaceful new life may be threatened as an element from his past makes an unwelcome appearance.
Happy Deathday To You
This 2nd novel in the Mike Malone series finds him once again in a fight against time. The mysterious delivery of birthday cakes to farmyards seems to be just an innocent prank until the death of a farm favourite turns this game into something much more sinister. However, when the killer turns his attention to women, Mike Malone realises that he is under pressure to solve the riddle of the rhyme.
The Woolly Murders
Detective Inspector Mike Malone finds that he must keep all his wits about him when a very odd crime wave hits the litte Lincolnshire town that he has recently moved to for a bit of peace and quiet. With his trusty DS by his side, he wades through wool and blood to find the mastermind behind these dreadful acts.
This is the first of a series of tongue-in-cheek crime mysteries.
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