Saturday, 24 September 2011

Another E-Book

Yes, just looked on Kindle Direct Publishing and A Bewilderment of Crooks is being published. As I mentioned before, this, the third in the Jack Scott series,  is graced with another cover by John Carlton. For your delectation, this is it. Moody. Brooding. Menacing. Lots of adjectives, choose your own because this cover cries out for comment!

Friday, 23 September 2011


Back again, doing some promoting. The crime books now on Kindle were originally published hardback by Robert Hale, then as large print by Thorpe (Ulverscroft). I've got all the rights back, but am using my own cover images. These are the first two. The Confusion cover is by John Carlton, and if you'd like him to do some work for you he can be reached at

The second image, the Clutches book, is one of the many photographs I submit to on-line stock libraries.

I'll put the third cover in a blog when it's published on Kindle. It's another of John Carlton's images.

More soon.  

Thursday, 22 September 2011

My fictional characters

It occurred to me that I've told you my books are on Kindle, given you the titles, yet done all that assuming you know what I'm talking about. Perhaps you don't, so let's change that.

I write light-hearted crime books, and the main character is Jack Scott. Ex-army, ex-drunk, then a maker of excellent toy soldiers - which is still how he earns his living - and now an amateur private eye. He lives in a stone farmhouse in North Wales, loves Gibraltar. 

He has a girl friend, Sian Laidlaw. Sian is also ex-army, a karate expert, used to teach on survival courses for top executives. She and Jack are... well, on and off, if I can put it that way. No sign of marriage yet, but I think I'll eventually force them into it!

The third person in the team is Calum Wick. Calum is a Scot who paints toy soldiers for Jack and makes money in other undisclosed ways (probably illegal). Bearded, wears glasses, and he and Jack often argue. They met when Jack saved Calum from getting badly beaten up in Brixton, and have been colleagues ever since. 

There's another man who's not quite part of the team but always helps out. A middle-aged Liverpool scallie called Stan Jones who, because of Welsh connections and his favourite transport, is known as Jones the Van

Cops? Yes, there are three regulars. One is a Welsh DI, Alun Morgan, who works out of Bethesda, the others are DI Mike Haggard and DS Willie Vine of the Merseyside police.

There are just two more regulars in the books. Eleanor, who is Jack Scott's widowed mother, and Reg Fitz-Norton, an ex-diplomat who lives in Gibraltar and with whom Eleanor is now living. No, actually, she's not. They have their own houses but are definitely together in every other sense.

And there we are. An interesting bunch, even in that brief telling. They're fun, and fun to write about. I enjoy it tremendously.

Talk again soon. 

My E-books

This is a completely new blog so, as you can imagine, I'm not being too adventurous. The blog is intended to be a news page that gets updated much more frequently than my web site ( It's now the evening of September 22, and it's been quite a day - or couple of days.  

I've been busy re-formatting manuscripts. From today, two of my crime books featuring Jack Scott, Sian Laidlaw and Calum Wick are available as e-books on Amazon Kindle. They are A Confusion of Murders and The Clutches of Death. Both books were originally published as hardback editions by Robert Hale, and as large print editions by Thorpe (Ulverscroft).

Their presence on Kindle not only makes them much more widely available, but the price is right. VAT makes a difference, but the cost to download each title in the UK is a little over one pound sterling. In US dollars I think it's 1.56. Wonderfully cheap!

Unfortunately, nothing ever goes smoothly. What is it they say, hope for the best, but expect the worst? Well, it's not quite that bad, but at the moment my name as author is incomplete. If you want to search for me by author name rather than book title, look for John Sheriff. Over the next couple of days that should be put right, and then you will go looking for John Paxton Sheriff. Also, another book will soon be available: A Bewilderment of Crooks, the second Jack Scott mystery (the others are books 1 and 2 in the series, and I'm currently working on number 6).

So, if you own a Kindle then look for me (with the wrong name) or my books by title. You'll enjoy them, but either way I'd appreciate it if you'd post an honest appraisal on Amazon's star system.

More soon.