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The Inspector Drewes Thrillers by Mel Hodgkinson

The county of Bartonshire, along with the town of Chettingham where Inspector Drewes lives and works, and other places, are, of course, fictional. And yet, it is placed amongst the real world. Wales, for example, features prominently in Dead Ends, and the Sankey Brook Coal Company mentioned in the same story existed in St Helens,…
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BOOK OF THE MONTH: A Necessary Hell by Nigel Price

A Necessary Hell is the second Harry Brown thriller. I wrote the first one, A Killing Air, when trying to figure out where next to take my writing. I have written for over thirty years, starting off with four SAS-type thrillers under the pen name Doug Armstrong and published by 22 Books, a joint project…
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The Stone Hawk by Gwen Moffat

In a remote corner of Utah, in a canyon running down to the Colorado River, a few people have put down roots: a couple of ranchers, one or two homesteaders, a retired scientist, and others of dubious occupations. The children range from five-year-old Debbie and her nine siblings, to Sarah the scientist’s girl, Shawn with…
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Atlantic Nightmare by Richard Freeman

We all know how closely won was the Battle of Britain in 1940. Less well-known is how near the Allies came to defeat in the Battle of the Atlantic. Perhaps this is because our collective memory of the horrors of that battle is derived from Nicholas Monsarrat’s novel The Cruel Sea. The images of the…
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The Apothecary’s Daughter by June Davies

Haworth, the hill-top Pennine village where the Brontë sisters lived and wrote, draws me in again and again whenever I’m walking in West Yorkshire. There’s now little trace of the grim, over-crowded, soot-blackened industrial town the family inhabited from the 1820s, yet coming from the moors and up into Haworth’s steep, cobbled main street, the…
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The Alex Swan Mysteries by David Holman

The Alex Swan Mysteries came about completely by accident when I was writing a factual article on the ill-fated BAC TSR2 strike aircraft programme of the mid-1960s for an aviation magazine. It was while I was researching the subject that I discovered a well of intrigue and political controversy as to why this state-of-the-art warplane was…
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‘For Those in Peril’ series, by Shaun Lewis

I have long been interested in history and, as a former naval officer, in military and naval history.  As a result, I have read several history books, but most of the books I have read on naval history seemed to dwell on the Napoleonic Wars or WWII, with little on WWI except with respect to…
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A Killing Air by Nigel Price

A Killing Air is the first in a new thriller series featuring Harry Brown, ex-army officer, now working in disaster planning and crisis management. Taking a break from my historical fiction novels, published under the pen name Anthony Conway by Hodder & Stoughton, I decided to write some contemporary thrillers which led me to Harry…
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The Science of Stephen Hawking by John Gribbin

I first met Stephen Hawking when I was just starting my astrophysics PhD in Cambridge, and he had just finished his. By the time I finished mine, he was already recognised “in the trade” as something special – so special, in fact, that it was partly because I knew how far below him my ability…
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The Astonishing Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in the 21st Century by Tony Richards

It was the World Fantasy Convention of 2009, San Jose, California. I’d never been to that part of the States before, and so I headed out exploring. I was gone a couple of hours, and was finally making my way back to the hotel when I ran into a fellow conventioneer, writer and editor Charles…
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