David W Robinson

Biography

David Robinson is a Yorkshireman living on the outskirts of Manchester, northwest England, with his wife and a crazy Jack Russell Terrier named Joe (because he looks like a Joe).

David writes in several genres under different pseudonyms, but his mainstay is crime and mystery. Although he still self-publishes some work, most of his books are published by Crooked Cat. They put out all the Sanford 3rd Age Club Mysteries, and other, darker, edgier titles such as The Handshaker and Voices, works which are aimed exclusively at an adult audience.

In a more light-hearted mood again, he uses the sledgehammer humour of his alter-ego Flatcap, to reflect on the absurdities of the world at large. Four Flatcap volumes are currently available for download and a fifth may be on the horizon

As at April 2015, he is working on the 15th STAC Mystery, working title, STAC 15, and the of a new set of noir titles.

You can keep up to date on his work and other news at:

Website and blog http://www.dwrob.com
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/davidrobinsonwriter
Twitter handle: @DW96
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=96152134
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/dwrob96/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108920125242530492375
Alter ego Flatcap can be both read and heard at http://flatcapsays.blogspot.co.uk/
And as well as Flatcap, you can listen to occasional short readings and more serious 3-minute podcasts at Audioboo: https://audioboo.fm/users/2199083/boos

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 Robinson online


Where to buy in print


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?
E-book Formatting & Publishing on Smashwords
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,590. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
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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

    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.