‘Cremains’ – A new comedy crime caper out now!

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Cremains is now available as an e-book and paperback from Amazon.

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Cover artwork by Penny Philcox from an original design by Patrick Woodgate © 2019

“It’s not every day that you see some old granny crushed to death under a baby grand piano, and I’m truly grateful for that. I really am. But the even bigger shock was that this woman – a complete stranger – would be coming back to haunt me in the days to come. Not in a spooky, walking-through-walls kind of way but something a lot more real and far more dangerous.”

When sacked bank manager turned bank robber Max Dempsey (aka Simon Golightly) finds himself deep in debt to dodgy undertaker Danny Bishop, he’s prepared to do almost anything to pay it off and keep all of his fingers.

But he’s likely to lose a lot more than his fingers when he agrees to do a “little job” for Danny and unintentionally crosses psychopathic Greek gangster, Nikos Spiropoulos.

Meanwhile, Bernard Pemberton and his granddaughter Tess are on a road trip to scatter their beloved Dottie’s ashes on a Scottish hilltop, but is it really her ashes in the cremation urn or something else altogether?

Cremains is a crime caper that twists and turns its way towards a conclusion that even Max himself couldn’t have predicted.

Click here to read the opening chapters.

Click here to buy Cremains.

Podcasts

“We are all Greeks. Our laws, our literature, our religion, our arts have their root in Greece”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

If you want to know what it’s really like in Greece, have a listen to:A Kilo of String – a series of short podcasts about my – often bizarre – experiences as a Brit living in Greece with the occasional digression into total irrelevances.

I’ve also started another series of podcasts called One Thing and Another, episodes of which aren’t necessarily about Greece (although the first one is).

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‘True Wit’ – New humour anthology out now

True Wit: Stories by Humo(u)r Writers from Around the Globe is an anthology of new stories from seven authors (including me) plus an excerpt of a full-length work by each author.

In Benefit of Hindsight for Ghosts, a disoriented spirit gets more than he bargained for when he ends up haunting a jail against his will. Or dive into a bizarrely comic tale of mistaken identity in The Curious Case of a Murder Being Announced at Dosford Park [This one’s mine!]

In Iron Jimmy, a recently-fired FBI agent enrolls in a school for private investigators, but neglects to inform his wife. The Fish is Back! chronicles an adventure of Pinhead Paul, a pungent-yet-heroic dock worker who saves the day amidst a hurricane.

After reading Weighty Issues, you may never look at your doctor the same way again. Smart Phone will leave you wondering what would happen if artificial intelligence manifested a genuine attitude. And Pretender to the Throne explores alternate (or maybe just unreported) events following the death of Elvis Presley.

With contributions from award-winning and popular authors Mark Cain, Lance Carney, Bill Cokas, Rob Johnson, John Martin, John Parrot and Lisa Shiroff, this contemporary volume of lighthearted fiction will provide hours of memorable entertainment.

NB: Each story is followed by an excerpt of a full-length work by each author.

True Wit is available from Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo for
0.99 USD, 0.99 GBP, 0.99 Euros, $1.99 AUD, CAD and NZD

Click here to buy from your favourite online retailer.

‘Cremains’ – New novel coming soon

I thought it was about time I published a new novel, and here it is (nearly).

A bank manager turned bank robber, a dodgy undertaker, some psychopathic gangsters and a cremation urn or two. They’re all in my new comedy crime caper to be published very soon.

Click here for more details.

Click here to read the first three chapters.

‘A Kilo of String’ Audiobook Available Now

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It’s been a long time coming, but the audiobook of A Kilo of String is finally available from Audible, Amazon and iTunes.

I don’t set the price myself, and I have to say it’s not exactly cheap to buy. However, if you’re interested, you can get a FREE COPY if you sign up to Audible for a 30-day free trial.

Also, if you use one of the links below to sign up and you choose A Kilo of String as your first audiobook, I get a nice little bonus!

AMAZON.COM
AMAZON UK
AMAZON FRANCE
AMAZON GERMANY

And here’s a short sample from the audiobook:

Spotlight on Comedy Thriller Author Rob Johnson

Interview with Jennifer S. Alderson

I’m always happy to talk about my writing, of course, so I was delighted when Jennifer S. Alderson invited me to do exactly that on her excellent website at http://jennifersalderson.com/2018/05/15/spotlight-on-comedy-thriller-author-rob-johnson/

In the interview, I answer such questions as:

Where do you do your best writing?

Why do you write the kinds of books you do?

What is the inspiration behind your latest novel?

What inspired you to be a writer?

Do you recognize yourself in any of your characters?

And even if you’re not in the least bit interested in my answers to these questions, there are a couple of rather nice photos on the interview page here.

‘Lifting the Lid’ review in San Francisco Review of Books

Lifting The Lid Many thanks to the San Francisco Review of Books for an excellent review of Lifting the Lid.

Here are a couple of quotes:

“The twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat, laughing all the time. The story is intriguing, but the best part is just enjoying the frolic from one adventure to the next.”

“Lovers of comedic thrillers are sure to enjoy Lifting the Lid.”

And here’s a link to the review in full.

The Audiobook of the Book of the Podcast – Episode 17 of ‘A Kilo of String’ Podcast Series

Podcast image for Yes, it’s back! Nearly four years since my last ‘A Kilo of String’ podcast episode, I’ve finally got round to recording a new one.

What have I been doing for the past three years and nine months? Audiobook? What audiobook? Who’s been banging on about Brexit? What barely fits and is flimsy? When is a preface not a preface?

Listen to this podcast episode to find the answers to these and many other important questions and hear a sneak preview of my forthcoming audiobook.

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