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Mike Stanhope Mysteries 1

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What if you self-published a book on the web, and it had unintended consequences? What if people who read it jumped to conclusions about your knowledge of real events?

Journalist Mike Stanhope has written a mystery novel as a diversion from the rat race of his day job. He opts for self-publishing as a way to get the book out there, and a sequence of unsettling events follows.

One of the key characters in Mike’s book is loosely based on a girl he remembers from childhood. He never kept in touch with her, but now he is persuaded by well-meaning friends to try and track her down. Yet the harder he looks, the more intrigue he finds himself unravelling.

As he starts piecing together the real mystery surrounding the missing girl, he finds himself pitched against increasingly persistent adversaries. Mistaken assumptions lead him down various false trails, but he gradually starts to unearth some surprises he couldn’t possibly have expected.

Meanwhile, the possibility of romance seems to hover in front of him, but the existence of a “significant other” threatens to thwart his progress.

Self-publishing: a wry look

Using self-publishing as one of my themes gave me the opportunity to take a wry look at the challenges it poses, and the difficulty of going beyond it into the world of traditional print publishing. In a way the book is a mirror on itself. But don’t worry – the novel is not meant as a satire, and doesn’t dwell on this subject; it’s just the starting point. 

The logistics link

Mike, the leading character in the book, is a freelance logistics journalist. He writes articles about trucks and vans, warehouses and deliveries. In his earlier days he used to write probing investigative pieces, but he’s lost the appetite for it. As the story unfolds, we follow his efforts to recover the vital spark that now evades him. Those who know the logistics world and its press should find themselves on familiar ground here – but you don’t actually need to know this world to follow the plot. 

From the reviews

“Very well written …”

“Well delineated characters …”

“Subtlety of insight …”

“Enjoyable, multi-layered story …”

“Have you ever read a book you hoped would never end? This was it!”

“A fast-paced mind-bending intellectual thriller.”

“This book has a little something for everyone.”

“It’s hard to put my finger on what I found more striking: the intricate and interwoven plot and fast-paced story-telling, or the author’s uncluttered, economic narrative style and use of absolutely spot-on dialogue between his characters – all of which keeps you on top of the many layers of intertwining plot lines.”


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