An Award Nomination, Please may I have your vote?

I'm really thrilled that my forthcoming novel 'Purple Death' (Still Waves Publishing) has been nominated for The Authors Lounge Best Cover Illustration award for the month of June. With artwork by the brilliant Graeme S Houston this represents my second nomination for one of the Authors Lounge monthly awards, with my novel 'A Study in Red' having previously picked up the May award. i've reproduced the cover above, with a short intro to the story below.

If anyone feels kindly disposed towards the book and would like to place a vote in support of it's nomination, please go to where a simple voting box is provided. Thank you to everyone for taking the time to read this.

Further information on the book can be found at



Purple Death

Tranquil suburban Richmond-on-Thames, home to such landmarks as Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens becomes the setting for a series of shocking and particularly gruesome murders that leads Detective Inspector Sean Connor and his team into a labyrinthine investigation in which all roads lead towards a thirty year old unsolved murder. The victims, all apparently unconnected to each other, are being despatched by the use of a singularly unique poison, previously more closely associated with the notorious medieval Borgia family.

As the murders begin to multiply at an alarming rate Connor finds clues hard to come by, and every lead takes him down yet another blind alley as the killer seems to be one step ahead of the police at every turn. Together, he and his assistant Sergeant Lucy Clay must piece together the shreds of evidence that will lead them to the mysterious ‘Chocolate Woman’ and in turn to the brain behind the horrific murders that soon come to be known as ‘The Purple Death’

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