Ben Westerham

Biography

Ben is the author of two crime and mystery series. The David Good private investigator stories are set in 1980s London, featuring a PI in tune with his neck of the woods and in possession of some distinctly pliable morals. The Banbury Cross Murder Mystery stories are classic murder mysteries set in the rural market town of Banbury during the early 1960s, featuring the curmudgeonly Inspector Leslie Dykeman and the irascible Sergeant Stanley Shapes.

Ben's writing places an emphasis on strongly developed characters and invariably comes served with a side-order of humour.

Born in London, Ben now lives in rural Northamptonshire in the English Midlands, with his family and a heavily over-worked computer.

He writes just about every day and some of the resulting stories and other material is made available for free exclusively to readers who register here http://www.benwesterham.com/subscribe/.

For more information please visit www.benwesterham.com.

Smashwords Interview

Why do you write?
I can't help it. I keep trying to stop, thinking there must be something wrong with me, but the words keep seeping out. You could see it as an illness, but personally, I try to look on the bright side and see it as a blessing.
Where do your ideas for characters and plots come from?
No idea. You think I jest, but it's true. The less I try dreaming up ideas then the more easily they come to me. And of course there's those last two or three minutes just before you nod off to sleep when your head fills with stunningly great material and you tell yourself you'll make a note of all that when you wake up in the morning ...
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Where to find Ben Westerham online

Series

The Banbury Cross Murder Mysteries
The Banbury Cross Murder Mystery stories are set in the Oxfordshire market town of Banbury in early 1960s Britain, featuring the curmudgeonly Inspector Leslie Dykeman and the irascible Sergeant Stanley Shapes. If you like classic murder mysteries with a touch of romance and a streak of humour, then you’ll love these.
The Hide and Seek Murders
Price: $0.99 USD.
The Club of Death
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Hobby Horse Murder
Price: $2.99 USD.
A Legacy of Death
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Golf Club Murder
Price: $3.99 USD.
David Good private investigator
Set in 1980s London, these stories follow private investigator David Good, a man in tune with his neck of the woods, a taste for blondes and the possessor of some distinctly pliable morals, as he gets to grips with a series of unreliable and, sometimes, downright suspect clients. Great stories and memorable characters, with a side-order of humour and a little romance.
Good Girl Gone Bad
Price: $1.99 USD.
Too Good to Die
Price: $1.99 USD.
Smart Way to Die
Price: $1.99 USD.
The Good Con
Price: $1.99 USD.
Shorts in the Dark anthologies
Short stories of crime from the murkier side of the tracks, where all our fears, our greed and our lusts lurk in readiness to take down the unwary. It’s time to take a wander into the darker recesses of the human mind.
Collector of Crimes
Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

The Golf Club Murder
Series: The Banbury Cross Murder Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,900. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
The Golf Club Murder is the fifth book in a classic murder mystery series set in the Oxfordshire town of Banbury in the early 1960s by British author Ben Westerham.
A Legacy of Death
Series: The Banbury Cross Murder Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,040. Language: British English. Published: May 31, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
For one young woman, a sizeable and unexpected legacy comes with the ultimate price-tag; her life.
As Good as Dead
Series: David Good private investigator. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 70,120. Language: British English. Published: April 28, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Looking forward to a few days in the seaside town of Brighton, PI David Good is expecting to do no more than hand-hold a young woman who needs to keep a low profile. Honestly, though, what did he expect? As things start to go badly wrong and the violence escalates, Good begins to wonder if he’s out of his depth. One thing is for sure, if he messes up then it could be curtains for his client.
The Hobby Horse Murder
Series: The Banbury Cross Murder Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,330. Language: British English. Published: March 16, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
An old-fashioned festival where someone’s idea of fun proves nothing short of deadly. The Hobby Horse Murder is the third book in a classic murder mystery series set in the Oxfordshire town of Banbury in the early 1960s by British author Ben Westerham. If you like classic murder mysteries with a touch of romance and a streak of humour, then you’ll love these.
The Club of Death
Series: The Banbury Cross Murder Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,590. Language: British English. Published: November 28, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Money can buy you many things but immortality isn’t one of them.
The Hide and Seek Murders
Series: The Banbury Cross Murder Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 70,270. Language: British English. Published: October 29, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Hide and seek may be child’s play, but murder most certainly is not. Classic murder mysteries from the pen of British author Ben Westerham.
50for30 Series Two
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
The second collection of very short stories in the highly popular 50for30 series, for those moments when you don’t have time for a more heavy-weight tome.
The David Good Private Investigator Series: Books 1 - 4
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 177,070. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The first four books in this highly popular series. Meet private investigator David Good, a man with unreliable clients, a taste for blondes and a knack for digging up the dirt and 1980s London is his playground. Crime fiction with attitude and humour. Snap up a gilt-edged bargain now and let David Good enlighten you as to some of the seedier goings-on in his part of London town.
Good and the Vanishing Act
Series: David Good private investigator. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 74,080. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
London based private investigator David Good has been asked by a new client to track down his wife, who has walked out on him with fifty thousand pounds in her handbag and not been seen since. Easy enough, thinks Good, but he’s about to find himself part of a magic show, where more than his sense of humour may be about to disappear.
Collector of Crimes
Series: Shorts in the Dark anthologies. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,450. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Thirteen fabulous crime stories from Ben Westerham’s highly popular ‘Shorts in the Dark’ series. It’s time to take a wander into the darker recesses of the mind. It’s dark. It’s criminal. It’s unmissable.
50for30 Series One
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,390. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
A collection of thirty-two very short stories for those moments when you don’t have time for a more heavy-weight tome.
The Good Con
Series: David Good private investigator. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 71,800. Language: British English. Published: October 26, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
She’s Queen of the dancefloor and would-be Queen of the con and she’s about to give London based PI David Good a right old run-around.
Smart Way to Die
Series: David Good private investigator. Price: $1.99 USD. Language: British English. Published: June 28, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
When you’re dressed for living and full of beans, a run-in with death might not be all that is seems..
Too Good to Die
Series: David Good private investigator. Price: $1.99 USD. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
She’s lost in the land of the living. He’s desperate to keep her from the land of the dead.
Good Girl Gone Bad
Series: David Good private investigator. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,460. Language: British English. Published: April 15, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Meeting the perfect woman can have its downsides, as London based PI David Good is about to find out.
Good Investigations
Series: David Good private investigator. Price: Free! Words: 85,750. Language: British English. Published: October 13, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
She's blonde. She’s clever. She’s in his office. London based PI David Good doesn’t stand a chance.
The Strawberry Girl
Price: $0.99 USD. Language: British English. Published: September 8, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Meet, for the first time, David Good, Private Investigator. Plying his trade in 1980s South London, the PI with pliable morals, a taste for blondes and a full-on sense of humour, turns out to be a big softie as he takes up the challenge of sorting out yet another domestic mess.