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Paul Morrison has been a writer for most of his life. “I cannot remember a time when I was not writing, even when I was five or six years old. I grew up on books such as Treasure Island, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Time Machine — these and the many other books that I read in my early years fed my imagination, a voracious imagination transporting me to faraway places, other worlds and to other times in both the recent and more distant past...” Many of these worlds and places are visited in the novels and short story collections he has written.
Besides a love for fiction, Paul also reads widely on ancient history and archaeology. “I am particularly interested in Ancient Egypt, mainly Old Kingdom Egypt during the age of the pyramid builders. I was always intrigued as to how the pyramids were built and about the lives of the pharaohs as well as the workers who constructed the pyramids. There were many questions filling my mind, but few if any answers.” This inquiring interest led to the Giza Trilogy books, a monumental work of well-researched fiction set against the backdrop of the three pyramids on the Giza Plateau. Together, with their associated books, The Divine Light (currently being written) and the completed, Eternal Egypt, Supplement to the Giza Trilogy, these books total more than one million words! Other books written cover a wide range of subjects including historical, science fiction, ghost and detective stories as well as many other genres.
Paul currently lives in Hobart, Tasmania with his wife in a house overlooking the Derwent River. “The magnificent views of Hobart and of Mount Wellington inspire me in my writings — but the most important inspiration is my wife, Helena.”
on July 11, 2017 :
Really? The 'humour' missed me completely. I did not finish the book. As for being 'Tasmania's best detective', leaves me dismayed at the association. I found the writing style confusing and annoying.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
on Oct. 10, 2013 :
Review on the Collected Dick Sleuth Mysteries
Setting Place: Tasmania, Australia and Brazil
Setting Time: Dick Sleuth Professional Life, modern times
Story Format: Short Stories and Novellas
Have to acknowledge that I am very traditional when it comes to detective stories, very loyal to Sherlock Holmes and other very interesting detective characters such as Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot and Father Brown. Never miss a good investigation by these detectives.
Found intriguing when looking at the options for this author, I found this surprising Dick Sleuth (= Detective) – Tasmania’s Number One detective. As I have never been to that part of the world and never went further from my traditional detectives I did not have great expectations but only a mild curiosity.
Reviews are great to reveal the feelings and reserves of readers and how these can be changed by writers, especially those who do not fear a good dose of humour, mixed with a great knowledge of the subject they present to us. Here I have to acknowledge that I was completely taken by this unattractive, unorthodox detective who never misses the opportunity to unfold a good mystery. The fact he is treated with a little bit of disdain by the author, but despite all odds surpasses difficulties and uses the trial and error approach to deal with his lack of skills or his meagre means to come to unexpected results. These results will undoubtedly lead the reader to constant enjoyment and delight is something I enjoyed immensely, and I did appreciate the sharp sense of humour in the stories that seems to be a Tasmanian characteristic.
(reviewed 66 days after purchase)