Book 1 in my Latest Manchester Crime Trilogy
Brother and sister Peter and Adele Robinson never stood a chance. Dragged up by an alcoholic, violent father, and a weak, beaten mother, their childhood in Manchester only prepared them for a life of crime and struggle. But Adele is determined to break the mould. She studies hard at school and, inspired by her beloved grandmother Joyce, she finally makes a successful life for herself on her own.
Peter is not so lucky. Getting more and more immersed in the murky world of crime and gangs, his close bonds with Adele gradually loosen until they look set to break altogether.
But old habits die hard, and one devastating night, Adele is forced to confront her violent past. Dragged back into her worst nightmares, there’s only one person she can turn to when her life is on the line – her brother Peter. After all, blood is thicker than water…
Born Bad is available to purchase from various digital retailers. The Kindle version is available from Amazon at: http://viewBook.at/BornBad.
Book 2 in my Latest Manchester Crime Trilogy
Adele Robinson is locked up – convicted for the murder of her abusive father. She quickly realises that she’ll have to play it tough if she’s going to survive, and soon gains a reputation for standing her ground.
Meanwhile, her brother Peter is building his criminal empire on the outside – running protection rackets, seedy nightclubs and all manner of schemes to make a fast buck. He soon comes to the attention of, not only the police, but also Manchester’s rival gangs, and a turf war breaks out.
And when things start to get bloody, only Adele can step in to protect the family business. Will she get out in time to save Peter? After all, blood is thicker than water, and when family’s in trouble you can’t look the other way.
Blood Ties is available to purchase from various digital retailers. The Kindle version is available from Amazon at: http://viewBook.at/BloodTies.
Book 3 in my Latest Manchester Crime Trilogy
When Adele’s brother, Peter, gets banged up for GBH she reluctantly agrees to run his nightclub, The Golden Bell. Strong opposition from Peter’s thuggish number two, Glynn, who isn’t best pleased about answering to a woman, isn’t the only challenge she faces.
The Manchester club scene of the 1990s is a dangerous place, at the mercy of illicit protection rackets and rampaging gangs and, despite Adele’s efforts to keep everything legal, the club is beginning to feel like a poisoned chalice.
Meanwhile, Glynn is playing his own ruthless game, and when a savage gang attack has devastating consequences Adele is ready to walk away. But Peter has always stood by her and she owes him big time. Besides, where else would an ex-con find work? And someone has to protect her brother’s empire from his enemies. Right now, Adele knows she is the only one that Peter can trust, but the stakes may soon get too high…
Vendetta is available to purchase from various digital retailers. The Kindle version is available from Amazon at: http://viewbook.at/VendettaMcr.
The Riverhill Trilogy: Book 1
When Julie Quinley wakes up after a night out with friends to find herself accused of murder, it proves to be only the beginning of her worst nightmare. Released by the police due to lack of evidence, Julie nevertheless faces the taunts and hostility of colleagues, as more and more people – including members of her own family – seem convinced she is a cold-hearted killer.
Just when it seems as if all hope has gone, and Julie‘s mental state reaches rock bottom, her friend Vinny announces a breakthrough; something he has witnessed that could prove Julie‘s innocence once and for all.
But the police remain unconvinced, and Julie and her friends find themselves having to take bigger and bigger risks to collect the evidence they need to nail the culprit. Will they be in time to save an innocent woman from being convicted of a crime she says she didn’t commit? Or will a ruthless killer get away with murder?
SLUR is available to purchase in both a print and a Kindle version from Amazon at: http://getbook.at/Slur.
A Gangster’s Grip
The Riverhill Trilogy: Book 2
It’s 1991, and Rita is looking forward to her return to Manchester after a few years in Greece with her husband Yansis. But once back she finds a cuckoo in the family nest – a dope-smoking ‘businessman’ called Leroy. Worse, he is her sister Jenny’s boyfriend, and father of her unborn child.
Rita and Yansis retreat to stay with friends Julie and Vinny, now living in a comfortable suburb of the city. But Rita is anxious to find out just what hold Leroy has over her family, and she’ll stop at nothing to find out. The more she learns about Leroy, the more she realises her family are playing a very risky game.
Rita‘s quest is pitting her against some of the most ruthless men in a very dangerous city, but ultimately she knows it is up to her to expose the truth, whatever the consequences might be.
A Gangster’s Grip is available to purchase from Amazon at: http://getbook.at/Gangsters.
Danger by Association
The Riverhill Trilogy: Book 3
Five years after the traumatic events witnessed by Rita and Yansis in Manchester, the couple finally agree to return with their young son, Daniel, to attend her brother John’s wedding to the beautiful Paula.
But memories are long on the Riverhill Estate, and when Daniel goes missing, Rita realises she has many enemies with a motive for taking her child. Once more she faces a race against the clock to unmask the perpetrators, but this time she has help in the shape of her Special Task Force brother, John.
John has his own – very personal – reasons for being so deeply affected by Daniel‘s disappearance; a scene he witnessed in the war in Iraq means he is prepared to risk everything he holds dear, including his reputation, to track down his sister’s son.
Danger by Association is available to purchase from Amazon at: http://getbook.at/DangerbyAssn.