Black Cockles



"Ed is a soft touch for a damsel in distress. Therefore taking Emma to Cornwall to put some distance between her and her abusive, drug addict fiance seemed like a good idea. Unfortunately, Ed takes her to a place where she is in even more danger as a serial killer is at large, targeting young attractive women.

DCI Bob Brown is heading up the investigation and under increasing preasure to solve the case as each attack becomes more frenzied and the killer remains elusive. Could the answer be as simple as Ed suggests? Brown doesn't think so.

Ed, however, has other things to worry about as his holiday rapidly turns into a living nightmare, after being singled out by Mack, a local thug whose vindictiveness stops at nothing, not even murder"


Authors Notes

When I started writing my first novel, I set out to create a main character who would be instantly liked by both my male and female readers. Creating a lead character liked by only male or female readers would be easy but one that would be liked by both would be a challenge. The only character I could think of, liked by both sexes was James Bond but he was far too polished for what I had in mind. So I took some characteristics of Mr. Bond and to roughen the edges, I gave him an inappropriate sense of humour. I thought he would perhaps lose a bit appeal with the ladies so I added a tragic and mysterious past to give him a bit of vulnerability. So far so good. However, as the novel that would become Black Cockles developed, I realised he needed a reason for not working so made him a rich and generous man as a result of his tragic past, and Ed Case was born; great in a fight, knows how to treat a lady, intelligent, witty and generous but haunted by a sad and lonely past. From the feedback received I think I managed to find the right balance and created what I set out to achieve.

The novel itself was difficult to write, in that I had to write a lot about Ed’s background at every stage of the book. Therefore, the result was almost a book within a book.  The Black Cockle Strangler is the glue that binds all the characters together but perhaps the main story is that of Ed, his naivety and his struggle with relationships with the opposite sex, brought about by his tragic past.  Black Cockles also introduces DCI Bob Brown, an old-fashioned copper, ostracised from the Met for failing to embrace new, politically-correct policing and banished to Cornwall where he would be less of an embarrassment.  Alas, leopards do no change their spots, and Brown continues to police like it’s the 1980’s. Writing the parts where Brown and Ed interact were by far the most enjoyable. Both characters continually baiting each other to provoke an outburst, despite both having an unspoken trust and admiration for each other.

I am often asked to describe Black Cockles and always struggle to come up with a good response. On the one hand it’s a crime novel about a serial killer with some serious hang-ups, and on the other, It’s also a romance as we follow Ed’s attempts to put his tragic past behind him and embark on a serious relationship. Whichever of these it is, it comes liberally laced with some dark and often inappropriate humour. It was once suggested by a friend that this book was written so that I could include all my favourite jokes and one-liners. Perhaps, he was right.





Nine Lives



When Soho club owner Johnny Gold, Tells Ed "I could use someone like you." Ed Jumps at the opportunity of a job as a bouncer. Little does he know that he is entering a world of sleaze and corruption that will put his very life in danger, because Johnny has a hidden agenda. It is only exotic dancer TJ that stops him walking away but even TJ has a secret.

After Johnny frames Ed for murder, he flees the club in a maelstrom of violence and is pursued the length of the country by two of Soho's most ruthless gangs, because Ed has something that belongs to Johnny and they all want it back - At Any Cost.

Surviving a terrifying orgy of death and violence Ed heads back to London believing his ordeal is finally over, unaware that his real nightmares are just beginning.








At the tender age of five, Peter Edwards witnesses the horrific death of his father by a drunk driver. Twenty years later, the nightmares that tortured him for a few years after the accident inexplicably return to haunt him, leading to the breakdown in his relationship with his girlfriend, Janet, and destroying his teaching career.

After a particularly graphic nightmare one night, Peter vividly recalls the face of the killer. He is filled with anger so strong, that he becomes consumed with avenging his father’s death.

Though many dream of revenge, they lack the courage to act. Not Peter Edwards. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth he tells himself as he embarks on a terrifying trail of vengeance.








When Ed unearths a 150-year-old mystery while renovating their house, and as they set about investigating it, they uncover damning details that takes a terrifying turn, exacerbating the resident’s hostility towards them.

Their situation becomes worse when Ed’s friend, DCI Bob Brown, asks him for a favour. Ed knows it wouldn’t just be a case of ‘give Roly a knuckle sandwich and job done’; life is never that simple for Ed.

With recent events and his fragile mental health, Ed is caught in a situation where he has to choose between breaking his promise to TJ to stay out of trouble, or help Bob. There is only one outcome and soon Ed finds himself drawn in the criminal underworld of ex-London gangster Harry Daniels.