David W Robinson

Biography

Grumbling, middle-aged lunatic from Manchester NW England, I write in a number of genres, and while they may appear to be dramatically different, all my works have an element of either mystery, sci-fi, paranormal or horror or any combination about them.

Currently running three separate series, (STAC, Spookies and Space Truckers) as well as producing major, stand alone novels. More works in the pipeline.

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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Books

Death in Distribution
By David W Robinson
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. Category: Fiction
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
By David W Robinson
Series: Sanford Third Age Club Mystery, Book 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,250. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013 by Crooked Cat publishing. Category: Fiction
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
By David W Robinson
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,410. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2013 by Crooked Cat publishing. Category: Fiction
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
By David W Robinson
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. Category: Fiction
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
By David W Robinson
Series: Sanford Third Age Club Mystery, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,240. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2013 by Crooked Cat publishing. Category: Fiction
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
By David W Robinson
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. Category: Fiction
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
By David W Robinson
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. Category: Fiction
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
By David W Robinson
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,920. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2013 by Crooked Cat publishing. Category: Fiction
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
By David W Robinson
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. Category: Fiction
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
By David W Robinson
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. Category: Fiction
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
By David W Robinson
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. Category: Fiction
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
By David W Robinson
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. Category: Fiction
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
By David W Robinson
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 110,170. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2012 by Crooked Cat publishing. Category: Fiction
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
By David W Robinson
Series: Sanford Third Age Club Mystery, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,970. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2012 by Crooked Cat publishing. Category: Fiction
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?
E-book Formatting & Publishing on Smashwords
By David W Robinson
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,590. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A brief guide packed with illustrations to formatting and publishing your book on Smashwords. The formatting begins with the basic document in Microsoft Word. Follows this guide and your title will look as it should do in e-readers.

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Smashwords book reviews by David W Robinson

  • The Festival On Lyris Five on June 14, 2011
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    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
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    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.