Whether I am writing about modern crime or fantastical vampires, it is important to me that my stories are as believable as I can make them. For novels based in our own universe, that means not having my detectives use impossible technology, and following something that closely resembles established police processes and procedures. If a DNA or a fingerprint test for example would take a week in reality, then it must take a week in my books, and any frustrations or delays that would introduce to the case must be incorporated into the story. For science-fiction or fantasy stories, I try to create universes that are self-consistent and at least plausible. At the very least, this means that I avoid breaking any fundamental physical laws with technology I create, and that I avoid "just because" explanations wherever possible. This gives my stories a degree of realism that I hope allows the reader to connect with them more.
Information about my books has been published in many locations all over the web already, but I see no harm in republishing some of it here. You can buy all the books through yellowplank.com as paperbacks, and you can search for them on Amazon for the Kindle version.
Through the Square Window
Detective Peter French, Volume 1
A quiet morning in the English countryside turns to murder, as an unidentified body is found floating at the edge of the river. For Detective Inspector Peter French the discovery marks the start of a case with twists and turns at every step, a case that brings back some uncomfortable memories and forces him to take a long challenging look at what can be called a motive.
With time running out French must sort the facts from the distractions and find the killer before it is too late.
Painting by Numbers
Detective Peter French, Volume 2
A fatal accident followed by a suicide seems like an open and shut case for Detective Inspector Peter French, but things soon begin to unravel when new evidence points towards an unusual and complex murder. Why would anyone have gone to so much trouble when the victim had no obvious enemies? What is the significance of the impossible paintings found near the scenes of both incidents? And is an apparently unrelated case from two years earlier connected in any way, or is it just a coincidence?
With no motive and no obvious suspects to investigate, French is under pressure to make sense of it all and close the case, before the killer disappears completely.
Vampire Sanctuary, Book 1
An ordinary life in an ordinary town is all that Samantha ever wanted, but when her neighbour tries to kill her and she is rescued by a woman who claims to be a vampire she starts to see that there is more going on around her than she had ever thought possible.
With a killer hunting her down and unable to trust anyone but her closest friends, Samantha is forced to face the possibility that she lives in a world where vampires are real, and where one might already have changed her life forever.