Allan Jones

Biography

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.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
My sixth novel in the Catrin Sayer series, The Stratford Hunter, has now been published. It starts with an apparently disconnected assassination of a trial witness in Lyon, France. The main event begins with the Art and Antiques Unit of the Metropolitan Police being called to a suspicious death of a student, a young woman who fell from a balcony of a flat owned by a known criminal. Carelessly positioned on the wall is an oil painting.

Detective Inspector Catrin Sayer identifies the art immediately; it is by a Scottish artist, Leslie Hunter. Further enquiries reveal that it has links back to a Glasgow drug gang led by a man called Dominic Connolly. Some years ago, as a detective constable, Sayer was a minor part of an investigation that led to Connolly and others ending up in prison. Now she is sent to Scotland to conduct interviews of the gang leader and his accountant, with instructions to ‘stir them up a bit’.

She does; and it has surprising consequences.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I first wrote a small 'family history' for my children and 'the next generations' after doing some family research to fill in many gaps. I never published it, just had print copies made at Office Depot. But it made me think, 'if I wanted to write something for an audience, how would I go about it? It seemed daunting. Then several years later I read on the Internet about Smashwords and came to take a peek... and began to learn.

It was a big step to try to write fiction, for me, but it is now a really enjoyable (and sometimes frustrating!) process. Most of my life has been involved with writing reports or professional documents, analyses, etc., which gave me no real qualms. But to write about a story which only exists in my mind was daunting, at the beginning.
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Where to find Allan Jones online


Series

The Catrin Sayer Novels

The Chinese Sailor

Price: $4.99 USD.

The Scottish Colourist

Price: $4.99 USD.

The Falmouth Model

Price: $4.99 USD.

The Carnforth Double

Price: $4.99 USD.

The Powys Deacon

Price: $4.99 USD.

Books

The Stratford Hunter
Series: The Catrin Sayer Novels, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,540. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
A valuable painting is discovered in East London at the scene of a suspicious death of a young woman. It leads Detective Inspector Catrin Sayer to a gang leader and his accountant now held in separate prisons in Scotland. Her assignment is ‘to stir them up a bit’. She does so and it has surprising consequences.
The Powys Deacon
Series: The Catrin Sayer Novels, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 107,880. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.00)
Catrin Sayer returns to art crime investigation - promoted to detective inspector in the elite Art and Antiques Unit at New Scotland Yard. Thrown immediately into a major international case, she is also picked by the Home Office to look into the origin of a strange painting found in Tregynon, in Wales, hidden away in the home of a recently-deceased judge.
The Carnforth Double
Series: The Catrin Sayer Novels, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,450. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00)
Two years after a major art heist in London, a prisoner in Rome says that he is prepared to talk about a sentencing deal there, in exchange for details of the London robbery. Detective Sergeant Catrin Sayer’s subsequent proposal to close the case is unusual, to say the least… to focus on an obscure third painting that was stolen, a portrait of a farmer’s wife, Mrs. Rosalind Heaton of Carnforth.
The Falmouth Model
Series: The Catrin Sayer Novels, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,080. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(5.00)
The Falmouth Model Detective Sergeant Catrin Sayer is asked to help with a cybercrime issue, to trace the ‘hacker’ who prepared a bizarre image of a student at Falmouth University in Cornwall and placed it on her Facebook page. As a second image of the young woman is hacked into the website of the Tate Gallery, Sayer is drawn further into the strange case.
The Scottish Colourist
Series: The Catrin Sayer Novels, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,510. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(5.00)
Detective Constable Catrin Sayer is nearing the end of her first year working in the Art Crime Unit of New Scotland Yard. A call to Scotland following a suspicious death of a retired clergyman is tied to a rumour of fraud or theft associated with the Kelvingrove Museum. Catrin finds her enquires lead her into bigger issues; the drug world politics of southern Scotland … and into danger.
The Chinese Sailor
Series: The Catrin Sayer Novels, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,150. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(4.00)
A Chinese naval officer from a cruise ship goes missing while his ship visits Holyhead. An international police operation to break an art smuggling ring loses track of three paintings worth $2 million ... from the same cruise ship, on the same cruise. Constable Catrin Sayer, a uniformed police officer with the Metropolitan Police, agrees to go undercover ...
The Norfolk Probationer
Price: Free! Words: 9,090. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(5.00)
The Norfolk Probationer is a short story, a sampler about a Welsh Detective Sergeant, Catrin Sayer of the ‘Met’, and her role in solving art-related crimes. A robbery in which several paintings are taken from an old hall in Norfolk, a National Trust property, results in two elderly visitors being injured. But all is not quite what it seems.

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