Murder At The Gallery (Tuesday Poetics dVerse)

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It was at the Turner Exhibition.
Hutchings was a quiet lad, for a copper;
he had a passion which no one suspected — and it got him killed.
I took the call and we all piled ’round.
There he was, wrapped up in bubble wrap,
sequestered in the store room
next to ‘Snow Storm’; not one of my favourites.
Someone had taken a scalpel to him,
a right mess he was, poor lad.
When we got to his flat there were art books all over,
though not a morsel in the fridge. Evidently Hutchings —
I shall call him George — used to feed on art.

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Copyright Francis Barker 2020

‘Left Luggage’ A New Ebook on Amazon

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‘Scorpion’s Tale’ Detective Liv Harris, by Milly Reynolds

In Scorpion’s Tale, former Inspector Liv Harris, after a series of humiliating demotions, has now moved to a small Midlands town to seek not only a new start in life as a Private Investigator, but also a love life.

Unsure of what she wants, Liv meets a potential partner through a dating website, but while this is wholly unfulfilling from the beginning, quite unexpectedly she finds herself emotionally drawn to Karen, her friendly and very athletic neighbour.

Very soon the two women become virtually inseparable, causing Liv to question her own needs and her own sexuality, especially as she then falls into a physical relationship with a male police colleague from the local force, an old friend of the man she never landed, Jack Sallt.

Confused, she throws herself into the work given to her by her new lover, the perplexing cases of several missing persons who all worked for a local council. Alarmingly her investigations propel her into the warped, violent world of an ex-warrior with several bitter scores to settle.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

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‘Goodbye, Mr Sallt’ Detective Jack Sallt Series, by Milly Reynolds

Forced out of the Police, former maverick Detective Inspector Jack Sallt still finds himself drawn back into investigating the mysterious disappearance of long standing colleague and friend, Liv Harris.

Continuing to probe privately, Jack begins to uncover links between her disappearance, ongoing Police and political corruption, along with the high incidence of missing young women in his new home town.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

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‘Twisted Gemini’ Detective Jack Sallt, by Milly Reynolds

In this third outing for DI Jack Sallt the stakes are raised.

Two children have been abducted on their way home from school. Their father, a man in the public eye, wants answers fast and Jack doesn’t have any.

All roads are going to nowhere. He doesn’t know who took the children and he doesn’t know why the children were taken. All that Jack Sallt knows is that it is up to him to find them, and find them alive.

Another story set in the beautiful North Norfolk landscape

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

‘The Second Death of Dr Finck’ Detective Jack Sallt, by Milly Reynolds

Two men are found in a beached boat, one dead, one seriously injured, stretching the resources of an already under-funded police force.

Suspended Detective Inspector Jack Sallt is reluctantly rushed back on duty to face his most perplexing and dangerous case yet, where old foes move in the shadows, threatening violence and controlling him with sensual taunts.

In the tense climax, Jack has to face his relentless enemies head on, risking not only his own life but also those of his colleagues and loved ones.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

‘Rolling The Jack’ Detective Jack Sallt, by Milly Reynolds

First in the Detective Inspector Jack Sallt series.

When Jon McElvoy, a Liberal Democrat MP, is found dead in his North Norfolk home, DI Jack Sallt and his colleagues quickly decide that this is a murder made to look like a suicide.

However, when the Intelligence Services arrive, all of their findings are thrown into the air.

As Jack tries to uncover and expose the truth, he finds that his personal demons not only come back to torment and tempt him, but they also threaten to end his career.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Mike Malone Murder Mystery Series – ‘Strawberries and Sheep’

This is the ninth in the Mike Malone mystery series of affordable ebooks, where quirky plots and humour go hand in hand.

With DI Mike Malone’s wedding only two weeks away, the last thing he needs are a series of unexplained murders.

However, when two women also disappear, then Mike finds that not only is his wedding at risk, but his own happiness.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

‘And Then She Was Bad’ A Mike Malone Murder Mystery

When the naked body of a young man is found in a local beauty spot, Detective Inspector Mike Malone has two problems.

Firstly to find the young man’s identity and secondly to find out who murdered him. However, things are never simple and when Mike also discovers that one of his own is in trouble, he realises that an old adversary is once again playing him for a fool.

With Detective Alan Shepherd at his side, Mike follows the twists and turns of both cases, finding along the way that sometimes love and sex can be two sides of a very twisted coin.

This seventh novel in the series is once again a quirky trip into the town that Mike Malone has made his own and familiar faces pop up to make their voices heard.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

‘IOU’ A Mike Malone Murder Mystery Ebook, by Milly Reynolds

This is book 6 in the Mike Malone Mystery series.

With the wedding of his Detective Sergeant imminent, Detective Inspector Mike Malone finds that his life is very complicated. Firstly, he has to explain to his partner, Dr Fiona Davies, exactly what happened on Alan Shepherd’s stag-do and secondly, he has a series of brutal murders to solve.

As the case develops, Mike Malone finds that, in this instance, a policeman’s lot is not a happy one.

This is the sixth novel in the popular Mike Malone series and once again you will find a mixture of tongue-in-cheek humour and blood as you travel with Mike Malone through his little Lincolnshire town.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

‘Tails I Win, Heads You Lose!’ A Mike Malone Murder Mystery by Milly Reynolds

When the local milkman starts finding sheep’s heads instead of empty milk bottles, Detective Inspector Mike Malone knows that once again, he has a murderer to find.

With his trusted Detective Sergeant, Alan Shepherd, at his side, he starts the search for the vital clues that will solve the case.

However, when Mike realises that his nemesis, Max Kitchener, has arrived in town, then he knows that he must protect those closest to him or blood will be spilt, maybe even his own. As Max Kitchener takes the stage to enact the final part of his revenge, Mike Malone faces a battle for his life. Who will be the victor? Heads or tails?

This is the fifth novel in the Mike Malone Mysteries series and yet again, it is a tongue-in-cheek romp through the Lincolnshire countryside.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020