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?
The seventh novel in the Catrin Sayer Mystery series concerns the discovery of paintings in the UK and Europe that are copies, substituted for the originals. The case arises as Sayer is going through personal and professional challenges, one of those phases in life when a person feels like they are trudging through heavy mud.

The novel is primarily set in Norfolk and London. The plot was influenced somewhat by some real-life events; the Shaun Greenhalgh forgeries discovered in the UK, an incident in Birmingham Airport, a riot between two ‘outlaw’ biker clubs and the reorganization challenges that many police services in the UK face, including the Metropolitan Police. It is the longest novel in the series and reprises some characters from earlier novels and also a PC Melissa Nunn, from the short story ‘The Norfolk Probationer’ which is available on Smashwords as a free book.
What next?
I have taken my main character, Sayer, from a 23 year-old uniformed street copper to a seasoned detective running a specialized art investigation team. She is now at a point that many women face - career or family, and how to combine both, particularly in the face of personal and work challenges. That concept of developing the character to that stage was formed as I wrote the first novel, ‘The Chinese Sailor’, but I didn’t know how many books it would take to do that!

Now I need to take a break before writing another novel - one on a different theme that has been germinating for a while.
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Where to find Allan Jones online


Series

Books

Schmincke
Price: Free! Words: 2,790. Language: British English. Published: April 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
An established landscape artist from South Wales regains consciousness in a London hospital after an attack in the street. On arrival in ER she was murmuring incoherently in Welsh. The young police officer assigned to sit with her also speaks the language and they have a common interest; art and a missing paint box.
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 1 review)
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 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: $4.99 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 ...
The Norfolk Probationer
Price: Free! Words: 9,130. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(5.00 from 1 review)
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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