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Allan lives in Ontario, Canada but was born and grew up in Merseyside, England.He studied in North Wales (B.Sc.) and East Anglia (Ph.D.). By profession a chemist, he is now retired but he worked for many years later in his career as a consultant on international chemical regulation, a role in which he traveled extensively. He began creative writing as retirement approached.
He is currently writing a series of art-crime mystery novels featuring Catrin Sayer, a central character who is Welsh, an artist and a policewoman with the Metropolitan Police Service in London. The first novel, The Chinese Sailor, covers her transition from uniform work into the role of a detective with an art crime unit and is set largely in North Wales. The second novel, The Scottish Colourist, is partially set in Glasgow. Other novels in the same series, deal with the development of the life, career and cases of Catrin Sayer and are set in other locations, many of which the author has lived in or visited over the years.
on Sep. 24, 2015 :
In this third book of the Catrin Sayer art mysteries, author Allan Jones has definitely hit his professional stride. I love an intelligent mystery where I can immerse myself into a story and learn new things while I puzzle through clues. This series by Jones delivers that consistently, and the Falmouth Model goes further in allowing the characters to delve into new realms of detective work when dealing with art crimes, including cyber-attacks and the delicate protocols and politics necessary when working internationally to protect people and art.
I've liked each book in the series and find myself saying "this is even better than the previous one" as I've picked up the next. It's certainly true in this case; I think it's the best so far. I'll likely remain convinced of that until the next book is written.
(reviewed 66 days after purchase)