Allan Jones


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 has worked for many years as a consultant on international chemical regulation and has traveled extensively.

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, dealing with the development of the life, career and cases of Catrin Sayer will be set in other locations, many of which the author has lived in or visited over the years.

In a Moon’s Course, his first book, is on an entirely different topic; flight simulation and the subject of the Air Transport Auxiliary in England during World War II. It arose from his comparison of the sophistication of airline flying today with the ‘seat of the pants’ flight skills required by the men and women ferry pilots during World War II.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
I was looking at new elements of 'art crime' having already written about art theft, smuggling and fraud so far in the 'Catrin Sayer' series (and will write more on those aspects in the future). A news item I saw about the effect of someone publishing an image of a woman on the internet that devastated her played in my mind. That gave rise to the story in The Falmouth Model.
What are you working on next?
Book three in the Catrin Sayer mysteries, 'The Falmouth Model', is finally competed! So now I am thinking of 'what next'.

Catrin Sayer is gaining experience as a detective, so the important thing is to develop her character accordingly and reflect the way in which, as in real life, some people go out of your life as some come in and your role changes as you gain experience. The short excerpt in the end of the third novel shows a little of the path forward - having overall responsibility for digging into a case in which two valuable paintings by George Stubbs, the 'horse' artist were stolen. Catrin is after the person who terrorized the family of a security guard...
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Where to find Allan Jones online


The Falmouth Model
Series: The Catrin Sayer Novels, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,080. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2015. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
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: 75,500. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
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: 84,140. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
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. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
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.
In a Moon's Course
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,300. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
In a Moon’s Course tells the remarkable story of the Air Transport Auxiliary in Britain during World War II and revisits through flight simulation 28 of their flights. Older veterans, volunteer pilots from other countries and the parents and sisters of servicemen rose to the challenge of delivering hundreds of aircraft daily from the factories to the RAF. Simulation details are included.

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