Mike’s Books

THE FIRST BOOK in the Hansen series of mystery-thrillers was inspired by a group of ladies who travelled to North Queensland, during the Second World War, to service the needs of allied soldiers fighting the Japanese. Their exploits were causing embarrassment fifty years later.  For more: CLICK.


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THE SUITCASE (Hansen 1):  Some things are best left unopened, particularly when they contain dark secrets.  David Paget should have thought of that when he agreed to collect a suitcase from Hong Kong and take it to Australia.  The contents appeared too old to be threatening but appearances can be deceptive.  Like a genie from a bottle the past rushed in.  Events developed with alarming speed and David was propelled on a mad flight through the vastness of Australia, pursued by hired killers.  His friends mounted a rescue operation.  To succeed, they had to delve into the past and uncover the reason for David’s plight. 

 

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SONY DSCTHE MISSING MISS MORI (Hansen 2):  Every year, hundreds of thousands of young women travel overseas and some never return. They join the vast lists of missing persons on police data bases.  When Yuki Mori’s sister went missing in Australia, Yuki went to look for her.  With the help of a private detective, she traced her sister’s movements to a remote part of the big country and entered the frightening world that her sister had entered.

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GMouse colour-enhancedTHE GOLDEN MOUSE (Hansen 3):  Kate Bromley rarely saw her father when she was a child.  The man who divorced her mother was a remote figure who came to see her and give her presents. That changed when she left school. Her father paid for her to go to university and they went on holidays together. Kate got to know him well. They shared common interests in sailing and other outdoor activities. But there was a side to his life that he kept secret. Kate was vaguely aware of it. Her father thought he could play Robin Hood. That was entertaining when the Sheriff of Nottingham was the baddy but frightening in real life. Kate found herself sucked into his dangerous world. One day she was engaged in a student project in the Scottish highlands. The next she was on a plane bound for Australia.

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Emeral Buddha colour enhanced_edited-1THE EMERALD BUDDHA (Hansen 4):  If something seems too good to be true then it probably isn’t.  Erica should have remembered that when she agreed to take up an exciting job offer.  Her talents were needed to track down a gang of thieves who were stealing ancient Buddhist treasures and selling them on the world market.  Her knowledge of the Tibetan language would be put to use and she would be returning to a part of the world that fascinated her.  The pay was fantastic and she might even get in a bit of rock climbing.  It looked so straightforward at first.  She met some amazing people and got to like them.  Then she realised she was being drawn into a web of intrigue that threatened everyone around her.  All her skills were needed to stay alive and protect her new friends.

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WOLF WOOD SERIES

I was born in Sherborne (Dorset) and heard about the fire of Sherborne Abbey as a boy.  According to local tradition, a priest shot a flaming arrow into the roof of the abbey, which was thatched at the time, and that started the blaze.  The story seemed far–fetched and, in later years, I investigated it.  To my surprise, a lot of evidence had survived in old manuscripts and signs of the fire were still visible.  I decided that the story was essentially correct.  In the meantime, I had acquired a lot of information to flesh it out.  The Wolf Wood series of novels was inspired by my research.

 

WOLF WOOD (Part One):  In 1436 a dispute arose between the people of Sherborne and their abbot over the ownership of a baptismal font.  Before it was settled, the abbey was burnt down and a bishop murdered.  Some saw the hand of evil at work and blamed Alice de Lambert, a newcomer to the town, accusing her of being a witch.  Others saw her as a saint.  Wolf Wood is set in the turbulent years of the late middle ages.  The old feudal aristocracy is losing control, a new middleclass is flexing its muscles, the authority of the church is being questioned, law and order have broken down and England is facing defeat in France.  Wolf Wood is a work of fiction based on actual events.

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WOLF WOOD (Part Two):  Being too close to members of the royal family is hazardous when one of the royal cousins dabbles in witchcraft.  Alice discovered that when Duchess Eleanor entered her life.  In the spring of 1441, Eleanor is staying at Wolf Wood Manor.  Events take off at a frightening speed.

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Wolf Wood (Part Three):  The next generation continues to live the dangerous life of their parents.  The War of the Roses was once a dynastic struggle between cousins.  In the politics of the new age, a civil war has broken out.  Town is fighting country and North is fighting South.

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I feel bound to say that I was once highly suspicious of Amazon.  They seemed to be trying to dominate the ebook market with their Kindle Reader.  They are now freeing it up.  Amazon have taken on established publishing houses that have authors trapped in punitive contracts.  As a recently liberated author I support them.  My paperback books were selling at $25 and I was getting $1.50 for my efforts.  Even when my ebooks sell at only $1.00, I receive $0.35.   That’s a step in the right direction … but nothing stays the same … I remain vigilant.

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