S.D. Gripton


S.D. Gripton novels and real crime books are written by Dennis Snape, who is married to Sally who originate from North Wales and Manchester respectively and who met 18 years ago. I work very hard to make a reading experience a good one, with good plots and earthy language. I enjoy writing and hope readers enjoy what I have written. I thank everyone who has ever looked at at one of my books.

Smashwords Interview

Who am I?
I write under the pseudonym S.D. Gripton, but my real name is Dennis Snape and all my books are copyright with my wonderful wife Sally Dillon-Snape. I write crime novels, real crime novels, war novels and humorous novels. I am Welsh, Sally is English and we live in the county of Norfolk in England. I am so old that I was around at the beginning of rock and roll, I am one of the war babies who broke out of the strictures of 1950's living and decided to have fun. Ergo, the 1960's, the greatest time ever for music and life.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in North Wales, on a mountain, there are many of them in Wales, and because my father was killed during the Second World War and my mother needed to go to work, I was sent to main stream school at the age of 2. There were advantages and disadvantages to this; serious advantages were that I cannot remember a time when I couldn't read or write (by the time the normal school starters began at 5, I could earn a penny for writing 10 lines for them!). I could also speak the Welsh language in those days, but sadly no longer (when I use the language in my books, as I have done, I have to rely upon a translator programme, how sad is that?!). I grew up reading and have read literally thousands of books in my life and all of them, I think, have had some kind of affect on my life. Once I became older though, I got to love crime novels, especially the American crime novels of Elmore Leonard (who sadly died only yesterday) and Henry V. Higgins all the way back to Sam Spade novels and Marlow. I have read them voraciously and hope that one day I can write one half as good. A serious disadvantage of beginning school at 2 was that every afternoon I became tired and teachers used to let me sleep. It is a habit I have never been able to shake off!! And I have never been out of work.
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A-Z Andy North Crime Adventures
A series of hard-hitting crime novels with Detective Sergeant Andy North at the heart of the stories. The books will be approximately 50,000 words long so that they can be read in one day and, hopefully, their titles will be begin with alphabetical letters of the western lexicon.
Accidental North
Price: $2.99 USD.
Broken North
Price: $2.99 USD.
Cold North
Price: $2.99 USD.
Deadly North
Price: $2.99 USD.
Edgy North
Price: $2.99 USD.
A Dave and Mariska Caper Novel
Dark Times
Price: Free!
Red Die
Price: $3.99 USD.
Darke Revenge
Price: $3.99 USD.
Butterfield's Hate
Price: $3.99 USD.
Twin Strike
Price: $3.99 USD.


The Hero Of Terroy - The Life And Times Of U.S. Marshal Arthfael Evans
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,320. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
One Town. One Man To Stand In Its Defense. One Woman To Stand Wth Him. The Story of Arthfael Evans U.S.. Marshal
Grim North
Series: A-Z Andy North Crime Adventures. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,080. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Juliana Andrews is dead from a drug overdose; she was sixteen. Colin Wilson has killed three people; he was an ex-Army sniper; Andy North has a daughter and he is without a wife who is now a mother and he is without sleep. As he attempts to discover why Juliana died, he comes across horrific facts; as he learns that Colin Wilson killed because of a misplaced word. Life is grim for Andy North
Fatal North
Series: A-Z Andy North Crime Adventures. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,960. Language: British English. Published: April 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Claire MacIntosh disappears; her mother searches for her; she asks Andy North to look for her and as usual, Andy does with the help of Ellie Tonbridge, his promiscuous Detective Sergeant. What they discover horrifies them as they discover the sleazy practice of sex for rent where students from the university agree to sleep with their landlords and landladies. As hard-hitting as is expected
Edgy North
Series: A-Z Andy North Crime Adventures. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,220. Language: British English. Published: August 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Five kids dead in an overturned van in deep snow. Who are they, where were they going, who was waiting for them and who double-locked the skimpily dressed teenagers in the back of the van. Detective Inspector Andy North and Detective Sergeant Ellie Tonbridge are on a case that takes them from the Norfolk seaside to the city of Manchester. Andy, rude and obsessed, wants answers.
Deadly North
Series: A-Z Andy North Crime Adventures. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,070. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Women disappear. Nobody cares. A pimp sells young bodies to old men. Nobody cares. A conman priest steals from old people. Nobody cares. Then Andy North becomes involved and things change. He cares. He cares a lot. At risk of his own life, he sets out to prosecute pimps, bring down a conman and discover what the hell happened to the disappeared women nobody cared about. Andy is back
Cold North
Series: A-Z Andy North Crime Adventures. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,390. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Three people dead; one teenage girl who links them all. Andy North and Ellie Tonbridge must fit the pieces together; they must discover the whereabouts of another teenager, who the drugs belong to and they must bring down Taylor Sanchez, the cruel abuser and groomer of young girls. The third novel in the Andy North series.
Broken North
Series: A-Z Andy North Crime Adventures. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,400. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
A young girl is groomed; a cop is shot; Andy North returns to work. Just in time to work on both investigations as a demoted Detective Constable, returning to work following the abduction and torture of his wife, Zoe, two years earlier, his friend Ellie Tonbridge being promoted in his absence. The novel in another in the A-Z series of Andy North crime series. Very fast paced and hard-boiled.
Accidental North
Series: A-Z Andy North Crime Adventures. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,220. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
#1 in a new series of hard-hitting crime novels concerning Detective Sergeant Andy North. His beautiful wife Zoe is abducted by psychopaths and Andy races around the City where he works in his frantic attempts to find her before she is murdered. He is aided in the hunt for his wife by Ellie Tonbridge, his lesbian Detective partner. Can they find Zoe before she is killed?
Delaware Deep Dark
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,600. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
A cop who adores being caned, a crippled cop from Delaware, a 16-year old girl who disappeared five years ago. The basis of the new crime novel from S.D. Gripton as the mismatched couple re-open the case on the disappearance and attempt to find the girl. As they get closer to their goal, they encounter magicians and Mesmerists straight out of Hell. Keep your eyes closed, stay alive!!
Blockbuster Box Set - Dave Lewis/Mariska Masekova Mysteries - Dark Times/Red Die/Darke Revenge/Butterfield's Hate/Twin Strike
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 507,890. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Blockbuster Box Set of the Dave Lewis/Mariska Masekova Crime Thrillers and Mysteries. All five books are now under one title; they are well-written novels, fast moving, sometimes violent, with truly psychotic killers and lots of knife-edge tension. Crime and mystery writing at its very best..
Twin Strike
Series: A Dave and Mariska Caper Novel, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,680. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
The fifth and final crime caper with Dave Lewis and Mariska Masekova. This one concerns Analaise and Victoria Harcourt, the twins who live in his house, who once worked for the security services and discovered rogue agents who now kill for a living and who are hunting the twins down to kill them in the most terrible of ways. Another brilliant novel from the imagination of S.D. Gripton
Butterfield's Hate
Series: A Dave and Mariska Caper Novel, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 121,780. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A fourth crime investigation for Dave Lewis and Mariska Masekova, this time concerning Butterfield, a fat ex-cop, who harbours great hate in his heart for Dave for helping getting him dismissed from the force and for killing his mother. He brings together six psychopathic teenagers to aid him in his revenge, he trains them up as acrobaitc clowns, and they kill and kill for him.
Darke Revenge
Series: A Dave and Mariska Caper Novel, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,720. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
A third investigation for Mariska Masekova and Dave Lewis, this time concerning missing teenage girls who are turning up dead. They have been abused terribly, held captive for days, and there are no clues. Then there are the crazy fraudsters, the corrupt City Officials, ghosts at the top of the stairs, a house full of women, and a fiery final conflict.
Bleak Winter's Heart
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,650. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(3.00 from 1 review)
Dysfunctional Detective Sergeant Georgine Easton is searching for a missing American Airman. She scours the county of Norfolk, England, in increasingly worse weather, looking for him, while her personal life begins to unravel. Then more people go missing and her professional life begins to break down. Can she find the missing people before disaster strikes?
Red Die
Series: A Dave and Mariska Caper Novel, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,300. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Mariska Masekova and Dave Lewis are back!! Following DARK TIMES, the pair are again hunting very bad people, this time they believe a series of hit-and-runs during which children are killed are not the accidents the cops believe them to be, they are convinced they are murders. Not only do they set out to prove it, they hunt the killers, one of whom might be the charming, upper-class Edward Darke
Work Up
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 60,650. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Romance » Adult
In 1965 there were over 100,000 Sailors in the Royal Navy, but there were no wars to fight, it was a reasonably peaceful decade for the Force. So what did the Sailors do? This novel will provide some answers. It focuses on a very small number of Sailors, on a very small ship, doing a Work Up at Portland, in Dorset, which was a requirement of every ship before it was qualified to join the Fleet.
The Tower: Events, Music, Movies and Serial Killers Of The 1960's
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 35,000. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder
(5.00 from 1 review)
When most of the population of the world was enjoying itself during the 1960's, listening to great music, watching great movies, watching world changing events, certain members of society were only intent on killing, sadism and rape. This is the story of some of them, along with the other stuff that was important to most of us during that decade.
Streets Of Filth
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 40,170. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
Welcome to the lawless town of Hill's Maryport where the good guys are bad and the bad guys are despicable, abusive, violent and intent only on their own filthy rewards. Meet John Wayne, Johnny Rotten, Wyatt Earp, Pretty Boy and a host of other residents as they go about one single night in the town. This is possibly the most anarchic novel you will ever read.
Run Money
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 112,160. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Twins Kathryn and Michael are at home in Sacramento, on a Saturday when their father is murdered. They run from the man who killed him, but on a computer disk discovered later, a message from their dead father, he tells them they must turn to Vicki Harper, the only person they can trust. But she lives in Homestead, Florida. And what happened to the stolen $220 million. An adventure to die for.
Where No Crows Fly
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,900. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
a family of serial killers stretching from before the first world war to 2005. Father teaching daughter, daughter teaching son. Florence Elizabeth the worst of them all. A crippled Detecive, shot during a murder attempt is trying to hunt the killers down. If he succeeds what affect will it have on his beautiful, fragile model wife? Will she have to pay for his success?
Dark Times
Series: A Dave and Mariska Caper Novel, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 86,870. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A cop who has been crushed by great personal tragedy, his Hungarian/Irish housekeeper who does her best to help and Chrissie Holland, the cop given the job of bringing the broken one back into the force. The three of them hunt a merciless arsonist who cares nothing for property or life, only intent on death and destruction. The ghost of a child trapped between life and death calling for help.
City Of Sinners
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 108,940. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Corruption is ripe in the City Of Sinners. Rich and powerful businessmen own the police, the politicians and have killed anyone who opposes them. The Kingdom Detective Agency, with our unnamed hero and Sally, Hills, Blossom and Sammy try to hold back the tide of with the help of retired Navy Seals and The Ghost, who doesn't like drug dealers.
Oklahoma Blue
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 111,070. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A serial killer is on the prowl in the Panhandle of Oklahoma. Beneath the Oklahoma blue sky the FBI are investigating. Out of Boise City, Cimarron County, Detective Aldridge is investigating the death along with OSBI. Meanwhile, Deputy Sherrif Callista Hedges has taken against men who beat their wives and scare their kids. And the serial killer needs to concentrate if he wants to continue.

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