Barnaby Wilde

Biography

Barnaby Wilde is the pen name of Tim Fisher.
Tim was born in 1947 in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, but grew up and was educated in the West Country. He graduated with a Physics degree in 1969 and worked in manufacturing and quality control for a multinational photographic company for 30 years before taking an early retirement to pursue other interests. He has two grown up children and currently lives happily in Devon.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I guess I started writing as soon as I started school. One of my earliest memories is of my father typing one fingered on an old Remington typewriter to create a miniature book from a story I'd just written (long lost, sadly). I've written since then, but only began publishing a few years back.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've been creating a series of detective stories featuring motorcycle riding Mercedes Drew and her boyfriend Detective Inspector Des Flowers. To date there are nine stories, contained in three volumes plus a new full length story in volume four. These are light hearted stories, more in the Miss Marple mould than Mike Hammer and include robbery, arson, an octogenarian post office raid, kidnap, counterfeiting, vegetable theft, extortion and more. The first three volumes are also available in a collected edition, which includes a preview of volume four, Smile for the Camera, a full length Mercedes Drew mystery.
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Where to find Barnaby Wilde online


Books

Barnaby's Shorts (Volume Nine)
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Series: Barnaby's Shorts. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,900. Language: British English. Published: October 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00)
Ten tales which are just the right length to read in your coffee break, in the bath, or in bed. Emily finally finds a real man in 'The Problem with Beans', The Poacher's Inn quiz team discuss the finer points of cycling in 'The Dandy Horse' and there is another tale from the Vertigo labs in 'Whichcraft'. Humour, mystery, sci fi, romance and more in this new collection.
Mercedes Drew the collection
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Series: The Mercedes Drew Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 127,890. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(4.00)
Volumes one to three of the Mercedes Drew Mysteries. Nine short stories about Mercedes Drew, her 1969 Triumph Bonneville T120 motorbike and her boyfriend Detective Inspector Desmond Flowers, collected into a single volume. Also includes a preview of volume four, 'Smile for the Camera', a full length Mercedes Drew mystery. A country house robbery, a rock festival, a missing girl and a photographer.
Chameleons
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,000. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A woman dreams of chameleons every night; a man in an orange jumpsuit finds himself marooned on a featureless plain; the first confirmed message from an extra terrestrial source; a cube with a mind of it's own and a bored space explorer all feature in this collection of eleven sci fi short stories in the old style. No magic, no wizards, no warlocks, no werewolves and not a vampire in sight.
Barnaby's Shorts (Volume 8)
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Series: Barnaby's Shorts. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,650. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Ten short stories to read anywhere. Sci fi, romance, mystery and humour. Somethin's wrong, terrible wrong at the farm in 'Fine Weather'. An unexpected encounter at 40,000 ft in 'Night Flight'. A new use for ATMs in 'Dr Kemp's Card', and a man fights for his life in 'Runaway'. This collection includes a complete Mercedes Drew mystery in 'A Party for Mike', a new tale from the Vertigo Labs and more.
Smile for the Camera
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Series: The Mercedes Drew Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,080. Language: British English. Published: February 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
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A full length mystery for Mercedes Drew and Inspector Flowers. An Art theft from a country house, a rock festival, a missing girl, a photographer and a dead body in the Mercedes Drew Mysteries #4. When a young girl goes missing at the Wemrock music festival, Inspector Flowers has to drop everything to lead the search. Mercedes and her biker friends are not willing to stand idly by and do nothing.
Barnaby's Shorts (Volume 7)
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Series: Barnaby's Shorts. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,520. Language: British English. Published: January 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00)
Ten short stories in a variety of genres, including another tale from the Vertigo labs in 'The Invisibility Cloak'; Emily plants her last two 'grow your own man' beans in 'When Danger of Frost is Past', and a tale of stalemate in a country lane in 'Impasse'. Is levitation really possible? Why do Tom's new curtains keep him awake at night? Answers to these questions and more in this new collection.
Barnaby's Shorts (Volume Six)
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Series: Barnaby's Shorts. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,470. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00)
Ten more coffee break sized stories in all genres, including another tale from the Vertigo labs, a mystery coach tour in the West of England, a message from beyond the stars and a spat between the quiz and darts teams at the Poacher's Inn. Stories that are the right length to read in the bath, on the train or during your break. What if you woke up inside a maze, or your best friend went missing?
Barnaby's Bigger Book of Shorts
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Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 132,890. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(4.00)
Forty coffee break sized stories (Volumes 1 to 4 of Barnaby's Shorts) in one collected volume. Ideal for the beach, in the bath, on the train to work, or, while taking your morning coffee. A mix of genres, including mystery, romance, sci fi and humour. Who are The Women Furies? Can you grow a man from a bean? Is it possible to rob a bank by accident?
Barnaby's Shorts (Volume Five)
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Series: Barnaby's Shorts. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 31,670. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Ten more short stories to read while you take a coffee break; on your train ride to work; in the bath, or on the beach. Three lads play hooky from school, a virtual man who is human in every way, a father and son conversation, a body frozen in the ice. A hint of sci fi, a touch of romance, a pinch of humour and always a twist at the end. Ten stories in a variety of genres to suit all tastes.
Flandra
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Series: The Mercedes Drew Mysteries. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,800. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(5.00)
Mysterious goings on in the allotments, a lorry hijack and arson at the golf club. Three more complete stories about Mercedes Drew, her 1969 Triumph Bonneville T120 motorcycle and Detective Inspector Desmond Flowers, in Volume Three of the Mercedes Drew Mysteries.
Barnaby's Shorts (Volume Four)
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Series: Barnaby's Shorts. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 38,450. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00)
Ten more coffee break sized stories from Barnaby Wilde. Including another tale from the Vertigo labs, a boy and a bear in the woods, a winter's tale of murder, and a true story from Crete. A touch of romance, a hint of sci fi, a portion of mystery, a morality tale and a thread of humour. Just the right size to read in bed, on the train or in the bath.
Free Running
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Series: The Mercedes Drew Mysteries. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 43,650. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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A stolen rhinoceros head,a post office robbery,a body in the woods. Three more complete stories about Mercedes Drew, her 1969 Triumph Bonneville T120 motorcycle and Detective Inspector Desmond Flowers, in Volume Two of the Mercedes Drew Mysteries.
Flowers for Mercedes
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Series: The Mercedes Drew Mysteries. Price: Free! Words: 36,050. Language: British English. Published: November 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.00)
A girl on a motorbike, a hit and run, a detective called Flowers, a warehouse robbery, a train derailment, a missing cat, arson, kidnap and more in three complete stories about Mercedes Drew which, together, form the first part of the Mercedes Drew mysteries.
Barnaby's Shorts (Volume Three)
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Series: Barnaby's Shorts. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,660. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00)
Ten more coffee break sized stories. A miscellany ideal for reading in the bath, on the train, in bed or on the beach. A hint of sci fi in Cube Roots; gentle humour from the world of the Vertigo Research Labs in Jocelyn and an old man's search for his roots in Visiting Worseley. What if dragons were very small? Why is Jack running, jumping, never standing still? Answers to this and more inside.
Barnaby's Shorts (Volume Two)
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Series: Barnaby's Shorts. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,410. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Coffee break sized stories including gentle humour, a touch of sci fi, a smidgen of romance and an air of mystery. Stories include The Running Boy, The Magician's Cabinet, The Turing Test and The Case of the Missing Spray Cleaner. Short stories ideal for lulling you to sleep at bedtime or reading on the train on your way to work.
Barnaby's Shorts (Volume One)
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Series: Barnaby's Shorts. Price: Free! Words: 31,720. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(4.75)
Ten short stories, including The Monkey Faced Boy, The Holey Oak, The Accidental Bank Job,The Horse that ran with the Wind and others. A mixed bag of tales ideal for reading on a plane or in a train. Gentle humour, a touch or sci fi, and a twist at the end.
Every which way but East
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Series: The Tom Fletcher Stories. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,500. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00)
Retired, bored, bald Tom Fletcher uncovers another dastardly plot to change the laws of probability. Pausing only to take part in a Speed Dating evening, he is soon creating havoc across multiple universes dressed as a duck.
The Well Boiled Icycle
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Series: Quirky Verse. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,340. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
(5.00)
35 New 'quirky' poems by Barnaby Wilde featuring Clockwork Wellingtons, Goldfish, Jugglers and Gingerbread Men, but not necessarily in that order, (and not a mention of elephants).
Tunnel Vision
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Series: Quirky Verse. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,510. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
(4.00)
Another collection of quirky verse featuring some longer verses on subjects as diverse as flying saucers, fear of flying and dining room tables. Pausing along the way to ask, what if whales could fly? and do you need more than two pairs of shoes? Featuring 'The Ballad of Wayne and Bill' and 'Flying Over the Atlantic'. Puns and jokes as usual.
A Little Bit Elephant
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Series: Quirky Verse. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,450. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
(4.50)
Extra Quirky verses by Barnaby Wilde ... A collection of unrelated verse packed with puns and other strange stuff, including Carpets, Kitchen Appliances and Centaurs, with just a little bit of elephant
The Blind Philosopher and the God of Small Things
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Series: Quirky Verse. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,430. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
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A collection of verse full of weak puns and jokes, loosely related by two men with long white beards.
Not at all Rhinocerus
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Series: Quirky Verse. Price: Free! Words: 6,930. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
(5.00)
A collection of quirky verse by Barnaby Wilde which is not at all rhinoceros. (Well, maybe just a little bit, at the end). A miscellany of verses full of weak puns, old jokes and a sense of the ridiculous.
Life ... (plus ten)
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Series: Quirky Verse. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,620. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
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A collection of verse taking a sideways view of life from birth to death and points between. Ten new poems added.
Animalia
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Series: Quirky Verse. Price: Free! Words: 6,570. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
(5.00)
Quirky verses with a loosely animal related theme, including armadillos, camels, stick insects, elephants and dodos, but not necessarily in that order.
I Keep Thinking It's Tuesday
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Series: The Tom Fletcher Stories. Price: Free! Words: 68,830. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
Tom Fletcher sometimes sees people as donuts and uses Exchange and Mart as his guide through a life populated by topless dancers and hippopotami. Frogs, pizzas, water beds, pygmies, licorice flavoured condoms and an ostrich all have key parts to play in this murder mystery; or perhaps it's a love story; or is it just a tale about a man who doesn't own a decent jacket? … and who is Geoffrey?
A Question of Alignment
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Series: The Tom Fletcher Stories. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,160. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
(4.00)
Tom Fletcher is an unlikely man to save the universe. In fact he is an unlikely man to do anything requiring action, but when the family cat talks to him, then walks through the sitting room wall, even he is intrigued. Someone from a parallel universe is altering the laws of probability by swapping Lottery balls. Soon, Tom is littering adjacent universes with stuff that just shouldn’t be there.

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Smashwords book reviews by Barnaby Wilde

  • The Fix It Lady on April 25, 2012

    Another winning 'feel good' story from Gary Weston. He has an easy writing style and a gentle humour that just 'flows'. I suspect there could be more 'Fix it' tales in his head and I look forward to reading them.
  • Death Flight on Jan. 21, 2013

    Another inventive tale from the unstoppable Gary Weston. Not to be read by those of a nervous disposition or anyone with a fear of flying.
  • Tales from The Painted Door III: Molly's Walk on July 21, 2013

    Molly's Walk is the third story I've read in the Painted Door series. Each one is a well observed tale of the patrons and staff of the 'Door' bar which gets under the skin of the characters in a highly plausible way and sucks us into their back stories. David Keith has an understanding of what makes people tick and tells a tale with a fluency which leaves us waiting eagerly for the next instalment.
  • She Haunts Me on Oct. 30, 2013

    A beautifully written and thought provoking short story which certainly conveys a ring of truth. Simply told, but showing great insight into human behaviour.