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David Robinson

A British, freelance writer and novelist who specialises in humour and mysteries, with three distinct series to his credit.

The Sanford 3rd Age Club Mysteries; traditional British whodunits, sprinkled with humour. Amateur sleuths Joe Murray, Sheila Riley and Brenda Jump pit their wits against a variety of murderers as they travel the length and breadth of Great Britain with the Sanford 3rd Age Club. There are currently 14 in the series and #15 is due in the spring/summer of 2016.

The Midthorpe Mysteries: more traditional British whodunits, but this time with the actual mystery relegated in favour of satire as wealthy novelist Raymond Baldock finds his ego punctured, especially when he goes home to Midthorpe, the much-hated estate where he grew up. His mother embarrasses him, his on/off girlfriend Lisa, can’t get enough of him, everyone hates him for being so successful, and his stress levels are through the roof. But he still manages to get his man.

Spookies Mysteries: A four-handed team of ghosthunters, three very much alive and a 100-year-old ghost, tackle hauntings aplenty, and usually find criminal intent irritating the spirits. Sceptre Rand and her two pals, the sceptical Pete Brennan and the jittery Kevin Keeley wander around old homes and schools trying to help the ghosts find peace, but find their own safety threatened, and they probably wouldn’t get through without the help of Sceptre’s long-deceased butler, Fishwick. Spooky, mysterious and thrilling with a side-serving of ghostly humour.

For more information visit

http://www.dwrob.com/the-sanford-3rd-age-club-mysteries/
http://midthorpe.dwrob.co.uk/the-books/
http://www.dwrob.com/spookies/

David Robinson lives on the outskirts of Manchester, NW England, with his wife and a crazy Jack Russell terrier named Joe (because he looks like a Joe).

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I was about 12 years old and still at school. I was hopeless at everything at school other than English, and I suppose that’s why I concentrated on writing. Unlike the other kids in my year, I enjoyed turning out essays.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Due out in September 2013, it’s the ninth in a series of light-hearted, traditional British whodunits, with sleuth Joe Murray and his two closest friends, Sheila Riley and Brenda Jump.

Most of them are set in various locations around England, but for this one I’ve travelled to Torremolinos in southern Spain. My wife and I had a holiday there at the beginning of the year, and I found it such a relaxing place.

In this book Joe has suffered a suspected heart attack and the girls are taking hi there for a little R&R. His breathing is poor and he has to stop smoking. It’s no coincidence that I suffered a suspected heart attack three years ago, and I suffer from COPD, which meant I had to give up smoking and take more exercise.
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Where to find David W online


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Bumped off in Benidorm
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 68,640. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2015 by David W. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Raymond Baldock hates Benidorm. So why is there? Because he has been pressured into going, and when he gets there, it lives down to his worst expectations, and when a body turns up, he is one of the prime suspects
Celeb
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 88,120. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2015 by David W. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Clint Devries megastar of Bleaker Cove, one the most popular soaps on satellite and digital TV, voted Best Actor in an ongoing drama at the Britbox Awards. He earns in one week what most people would not earn in a decade, or even a lifetime. He has a fan base which is Europe-wide, possibly world-wide. Men want to be like him, women want to be with him.
Fiagara Nights
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,060. Language: British English. Published: October 2, 2015 by David W. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Missing persons, stolen wheels, fake pills, a dead body, a middle-aged mother determined to embarrass her son and flaunt her new-found zest for life and love, and a romance from the past, spell out a recipe for comic mayhem in the first of the Midthorpe Mystery novels
Flatcap on Sex
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,010. Language: British English. Published: August 6, 2014 by David W. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Are there risks to using glow-in-the-dark condoms? Is custard cheaper than a flavoured condom? Does your ideal woman own a Mark II Ford Cortina? Can you find time for your matchstick model of St Paul’s Cathedral? The answers to these questions and many more are contained in Flatcap’s guide to the carnal.
Flatcap - Grumpy Old Blogger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,980. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2011 by David W. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
From politicians to pies, holiday hell holes to health, travel to tautology, Flatcap must have his say. Naked Gnomes and Numpty Neighbours The little old lady locked in the lavatory … for three weeks. Mablethorpe or bust. The Toaster And many more pieces of sledgehammer wit and suspect wisdom in this LOL volume of snippets from the man who has an opinion on everything.
Flatcap's Guide to UK Holidays
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,780. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2011 by David W. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
The definitive guide to holidaying the UK by one of its most notorious, curmudgeonly 3rd agers. From the Declaration of Holiday, the various modes of accommodation, through the phoney holiday and kitting, to the actual arrival and spending a week in another godforsaken seaside town, Flatcap takes us through every step of a process designed to ensure that next year your missus will want to go.

Books

Trial by Fire
Series: Sanford Third Age Club Mystery. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,580. Language: British English. Published: August 7, 2015 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
A house fire on a sweltering summer morning comes as no surprise, but when a body is found in the ruins, the Sanford police soon have the prime suspect in their sights. An arrest is made, and Joe Murray is at his wits’ end. How could all the evidence be wrong? There’s only one way. It was carefully constructed to point in the wrong direction. The 14th STAC Mystery, and Joe's toughest case yet.
The Man in Black
Series: Spookies Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,730. Language: British English. Published: April 13, 2015 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
On the countdown to Christmas dark forces are at work in Ashdale when a vengeful and destructive spirit manifests in Ashdalean School for Boys where pop sensations The Wicked Witches are making their latest music video. It’s total war on the Spirit Plane. Enter Spookies determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. The Spookies Series: The Haunting of Melmerby Manor The Man in Black
A Theatrical Murder
Series: Sanford Third Age Club Mystery, Book 13. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,420. Language: British English. Published: March 30, 2015 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
The show must go on. Howling winds, driving rain, freezing temperatures. The New Year has come in with a nasty bite, but the Sanford 3rd Age Club brave the elements to visit Skegness for a performance of Hamlet. But when one of the cast is murdered on stage, it’s a call to action for Joe, Sheila and Brenda. Shot or poisoned? Or was it related to a road accident in the past? Who is lying?
The STAC Christmas Collection (STAC Boxset #1)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 204,110. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2014 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
This Christmas Collection brings together three titles from the STAC 3rd Age Mystery novels for the first time. A Murder For Christmas is the fourth in the series, Murder at the Murder Mystery Weekend is the fifth, and Christmas Crackers is the tenth.
A Killing in the Family
Series: Sanford Third Age Club Mystery, Book 12. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,780. Language: British English. Published: September 25, 2014 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
It’s the height of summer, the days are long and hot and there’s not a cloud in the sky. But these are dark days for the relocated The Lazy Luncheonette. And then along comes Sir Douglas Ballantyne, a billionaire threatened with murder, and he wants Joe to investigate. Arriving at the Ballantyne residence, all is not happy families. Then the old man is attacked. IT'S MURDER IN THE FAMILY
The Haunting of Melmerby Manor
Series: Spookies Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,650. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2014 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
A haunted manor house and an angry, violent spirit. It’s all in a night’s work for paranormal investigator, Lady Concepta Rand-Epping and her friends, Pete Brennan and Kevin Keeley. But when the nerve-jangling events at Melmerby Manor turn up 25,000 pirate video discs, matters become even more complicated.
Death in Distribution
Series: Sanford Third Age Club Mystery, Book 11. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,420. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2014 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
They do like to be beside the seaside. With The Lazy Luncheonette under threat of redevelopment, Joe, Sheila and Brenda take time off for the STAC Easter outing to Blackpool, fun capital of the North of England. But after a scrape with a drunken lorry driver on the motorway, Joe finds himself embroiled in a double murder at a parcel distribution depot where everything is done by the book.
Christmas Crackers
Series: Sanford Third Age Club Mystery, Book 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,880. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Merry Murders! It's Yuletide again and faced with a demanding writer, Joe, Sheila and Brenda must deliver tales of murder and mayhem. Who slaughtered Santa? Who committed a felony on a ferry, topped a teller and killed a copper? Did Lee really go gunning for a gumshoe? In the background there is the Novel of the Year award and Joe is faced with finding another brutal killer.
The Deep Secret
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,410. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2013 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A handwritten manuscript arrives at Felix Croft's apartment on the island of Tenerife, where he fled his nightmare memories of The Handshaker. Written by master hypnotist, The Great Zepelli, it details the history of The Deep Secret, that mythical method of sending victims into a deep and instantaneous trance without uttering a word.
Costa del Murder
Series: Sanford Third Age Club Mystery, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,760. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A heart attack or not heart attack? No one is sure, but everyone agrees on one thing. Joe needs a relaxing break in the sun. Where better than Spain’s Costa del Sol? And so to Apartmentos Ingles, where Joe, Sheila and Brenda meet the permanent residents of Little England. But all is far from content in this community of expats. It’s MURDER in the Medditerranean.
The Summer Wedding Murder
Series: Sanford Third Age Club Mystery, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,070. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2013 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Til Death Us Do Part It was supposed to be a relaxing weekend off, attending a wedding in the Lake District, but it soon becomes a nightmare for Joe Murray. Questions, questions, questions. And Joe is short of time to find the answers. It’s MURDER amongst the white lace and bouquets.
The Chocolate Egg Murders
Series: Sanford Third Age Club Mystery, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,190. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2013 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
It’s Somerset for the Sanford 3rd Age Club and, at a busy charity weekend in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, Joe, Sheila and Brenda are looking forward to a relaxing time. But along with the chocolate for the Great Egg Hunt, someone has hidden a body, and even before the rain stops, the STAC are in the thick of it.
My Deadly Valentine
Series: Sanford Third Age Club Mystery, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,590. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Valentine’s Day approaches and a lonely Joe Murray has his eye on the newest member of the Sanford 3rd Age Club, Letty Hill. But when the Sanford Valentine strangler strikes for the fourth year in succession, Joe’s amorous inclinations are sidetracked. And he doesn’t have far to look for the prime suspect... it’s him.
The Handshaker
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,920. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2013 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
The Handshaker: to take his hand is to invite death. In the darkest corners of hypnotic trance, who is in control? The Handshaker has put eight women to death. When another woman commits suicide, hypnotist Felix Croft believes he has the answer. Then The Handshaker takes Croft’s girlfriend. The game changes.
Murder at the Murder Mystery Weekend
Series: Sanford Third Age Club Mystery, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,940. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2012 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Happy New Year! The bells ring out over the city of Lincoln, and at the Twin Spire Hotel, the Sanford 3rd Age Club celebrate with their customary enthusiasm. It’s the kind of party Joe enjoys; a Murder Mystery Weekend. A drama designed to tax his powers of observation and deduction.
A Murder For Christmas
Series: Sanford Third Age Club Mystery, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,720. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2012 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Christmas and the Sanford Third Age Club are living it up at the Regency Hotel. But on a snowy Christmas morning, there’s murder afoot, and it’s up to Joe, Sheila and Brenda to find the killer. For the Yorkshire sleuths, it’s a taxing mystery, marinated in a yuletide party atmosphere.
A Halloween Homicide
Series: Sanford Third Age Club Mystery, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,620. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2012 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
It's the end of October and the Sanford Third Age Club are on one of their outings with an overnight stay in the haunted Palmer Hotel. As the witching hour approaches, things begin to happen. A valuable necklace goes missing and a guest is found dead. A host of suspects. A range of motives. It's a complex and maddening puzzle for Joe and his chums in this, the third in the STAC Mysteries series.
The I-Spy Murders
Series: Sanford Third Age Club Mystery, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,880. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2012 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
It’s August and Gibraltar Hall hosts reality TV show I-Spy with Brenda as one of the contestants. Her Sanford 3rd Age Club friends arrive to welcome her back after a week’s stay in the house. Inside, feelings run strong between the Housies. Arguments become heated. Then one of them is found dead.
Voices
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 110,170. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2012 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » General
Chris Deacon: a man who survived the horror of a bomb attack only to learn he has been robbed of the ability to speak. A man plagued by strange phantoms; a man who hears Voices in his head. You can't escape what is in your head.
The Filey Connection
Series: Sanford Third Age Club Mystery, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,950. Language: British English. Published: February 15, 2012 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
It’s summertime, and the Sanford 3rd Age Club are living it up in the seaside town of Filey. But the hot months don’t pass without problems for amateur sleuth, Joe Murray. Was Nicola Leach’s death an accident or deliberate? Did Eddie Dobson fall into the sea or did he jump? What’s going on behind the innocent façade – and closed doors – of the Beachside Hotel? And who raided Joe’s room?

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Smashwords book reviews by David W

  • The Festival On Lyris Five on June 14, 2011

    Take one depressed pilot, pensioned off too early, a young lass with more than a touch the blarney and a jealous alien resembling a cauliflower, and what do you have? The start of an entertaining and intriguing little tale, The Festival of Lyris 5. I was captured from the first page, and I as I read on, I become thoroughly engrossed in this story, its characters and their adventures, and what came at the end was a complete surprise. I knew there’d be a twist, but I never guessed what. The characters in this sci-fi short come complete with real problems, the situations they find themselves in are entirely believable and there is no magic wand to get them out of the treacle; only ingenuity. Short it may be, but the Festival of Lyris 5 doesn’t lack on action. Well done, author Nick Daws; let’s see more of Richard Barrett and Julie Halloran.
  • Four Go Mad in Catalonia on July 01, 2013

    Rib-tickling, piquant memories and I can’t complain about the price. Nanny Ab takes us on a chaotic and lightning tour of Southern France/Northern Spain, with LOL moments of madness. So much of this calls to me. Having spent a greater part of my life as trucker, I can feel the wanderlust. As an inveterate European holidaymaker, I can also identify with some of the frustrations, even down to the disappointment of camping so close to Lloret-de- Mar. As a long-suffering married man, I can also sympathise with many of the irritations, right down to the dog whose bark is bigger than his reservoir of courage. A quick and very funny read.