Allan Jones

Biography

I live in Ontario, Canada but was born and grew up in Merseyside, England. By profession a chemist, I worked for many years as a consultant on international chemical regulation, a role with a lot of international travel.
So far, I have written and published The Catrin Sayer Mysteries (10 books) covering the cases and career of a Welsh police officer working for the Metropolitan Police in London. It takes her from a rookie detective through to the rank of superintendent, and a range of criminal investigations including art crimes, scams and fraud, organized crime, undercover work and supervision of a major homicide investigation.
My current work is a trilogy set in Cumbria, UK with a quite different protagonist; a community police sergeant, Harriet Calder; a widow and a part-time Methodist preacher. Canons, the first novel, was published in 2019. The second, Compline, has just been released (Sept. 2023).

Series

The Lake District Trilogy
Harriet Calder - a community police sergeant in Keswick, UK, a widow and a part-time lay Methodist preacher. Susan Carlson - an addiction counselor, a recovered alcoholic and a survivor of clergy abuse. Their lives intertwine beginning with 'Canons'. The body of a priest is discovered in the shallows of Bassenthwaite Lake...
Canons
Price: $4.99 USD.
Compline
Price: $4.99 USD.

Books

Compline
Series: The Lake District Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,410. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Community Sergeant Harriet Calder is drawn back into the Cumbria Major Investigation Unit during the search for the killer of a fifteen-year-old boy, His body was discovered in a farmer’s field ten years after he disappeared. A church bulletin bearing her name and the scrawled word ‘Compline’ is found in the grave.
The Tavistock Lieutenant
Series: The Catrin Sayer Novels, Book 10. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,510. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Catrin Sayer takes a career development assignment with the Devon and Cornwall Police, at the rank of superintendent, managing a reorganisation task force. During her contract, the violent deaths of a man and his daughter are linked to an art theft. Sayer is also given the management responsibility for the murder investigation team.
The Pinewood Gardener
Series: The Catrin Sayer Novels, Book 9. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,250. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
A family in South Wales are defrauded by an apparent Nigerian internet scam, but it tracks to an office in Lewisham, South London. DCI Catrin Sayer is drawn into an increasingly violent investigation to bring closure to the case.
The Chiswick Chauffeur
Series: The Catrin Sayer Novels, Book 8. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,810. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The eighth Catrin Sayer Mystery. Detective Inspector Catrin Sayer is back, adjusting to life as a working mother and a police officer. At least her work as an art crime investigator is familiar ground, she thinks. A violent knife attack near her home and an undercover operation at a casino change that for her.
Canons
Series: The Lake District Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,280. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
The body of a Roman Catholic priest is found in Bassenthwaite Lake in the English Lake District. His last known contact, a Canadian Anglican priest on holiday, won’t assist the police of talk to his own bishop about the matter, leading to a disciplinary hearing; a court of canon law in Hamilton, Ontario.
The Thornham Copyist
Series: The Catrin Sayer Novels, Book 7. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,710. Language: British English. Published: November 23, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The seventh Catrin Sayer Mystery. While dealing with some significant personal challenges, Detective Inspector Catrin Sayer is drawn into an investigation into a forgery found in a Norfolk museum, but it leads quickly to a violent confrontation with a North London biker gang.
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 from 1 review)
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: 94,470. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00 from 1 review)
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 from 2 reviews)
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: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,510. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(5.00 from 1 review)
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: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,650. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(4.00 from 1 review)
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 ...