The End of Gaslight Crime

Just to let our readers know that we will be taking down the Gaslight Crime blog this weekend.

But please do continue following us on our blog site www.johnbainbridgewriter.wordpress.com 

We are expanding that blog to feature similar articles to the ones on Gaslight Crime, as well as writing news and book updates.

So please follow us there…

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Dangerous Game – Publication Day

Dangerous Game – Publication Day

My new book is published today. Thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered the E-book version or bought the paperback. I hope you enjoy the novel. If you haven’t ordered a copy I’ve provided an online link below. And do please tell your friends and fellow readers. Word of mouth publicity is worth its weight in gold!

“Sean Miller – a rogue of the first water; a former Army sniper, he seems unable to stay out of a fight.”Dangerous Game Cover1

Sean Miller’s on his way back to fight in Spain when he’s diverted to Devon. To undertake a mission for renegade members of the German Secret Service, trying to stop the Nazis plunging the world into war. A secret agent lies dead in a moorland river and the one man who can keep the peace is an assassin’s target. As the hunter becomes the hunted in an epic chase, Miller encounters his greatest enemy in a dangerous game of death across the lonely hills of Dartmoor.

A fast-paced action thriller by the author of Balmoral Kill and the William Quest adventures

John Bainbridge is the author of over thirty books, including novels, thrillers and historical fiction, as well as non-fiction and topographical books about Britain. He has also written widely for newspapers and magazines and broadcast on radio and television. John read literature and history at the University of East Anglia. He campaigned for nine years as chief executive of the Dartmoor Preservation Association – one of Britain’s oldest environmental campaigning groups. He spends his spare time walking in the countryside.

 Writing About Dartmoor, John Bainbridge says…

Dangerous Game is my personal tribute to Dartmoor – one of the few massive areas of wild country in southern England. It’s a place I know particularly well. I first walked there when I was seven years old. I have spent decades exploring Dartmoor and have long campaigned to keep it wild and free.

For nine years, very active years, I was chief executive of the Dartmoor Preservation Association – a voluntary group founded in 1883 to protect Dartmoor from many threats. During that time we had our share of victories and defeats. But Dartmoor is as you see it today because of the often militant stance taken by previous DPA campaigners.

I wanted to write a Dartmoor novel which was topographically accurate.  Nearly all the places mentioned in this novel are real and you can seek them out on foot. The Dart Gorge is as magnificent as I’ve suggested, Wistman’s Wood as mysterious, the great heights of the northern moorland as wild. You can walk to Oke Tor, the setting of the book’s climax. Only a few houses are invented, as are all the characters.

The Duchy Hotel (now the Old Duchy Hotel) in Princetown, which features in the book, has been transformed into an information centre for the Dartmoor National Park Authority. Upstairs is the office of the Dartmoor Preservation Association, where I worked for those nine campaigning years.

Dartmoor Prison is still in use, though the footpath which used to pass near the French and American War Cemeteries – and which features in the book – no longer exists. It was closed in the 1970s. I objected to its loss, but lost the battle. A pity I always think. A pity too that there is very limited public access for anyone wishing to visit the war cemeteries.

I remain, like several of the characters in my book, a very committed Dartmoor Preservationist. The Moor needs more active campaigners!

Publisher’s Details:

Dangerous Game is published by Gaslight Crime on 17th November and is available in paperback (ISBN 9781699543771) at £8.99 and as a Kindle e-Book for £2.99.

John Bainbridge has two blogs:

www.johnbainbridgewriter.wordpress.com and

www.walkingtheoldways.wordpress.com

Follow John on Twitter @stravaigerjohn

Here’s the link if you want to order a copy:

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Dangerous Game on Pre-Order

My new book Dangerous Game is now available on Pre-Order for readers who read e-Books on Kindle. Publication date is November 17th. The paperback will also be out by then. Here’s the link: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07ZMH61HV 

“Sean Miller – a rogue of the first water; a former Army sniper, he seems unable to stay out of a fight.”

Sean Miller’s on his way back to fight in Spain when he’s diverted to Devon. To undertake a mission for renegade members of the German Secret Service, trying to stop the Nazis plunging the world into war. A secret agent lies dead in a moorland river and the one man who can keep the peace is an assassin’s target. As the hunter becomes the hunted in an epic chase, Miller encounters his greatest enemy in a dangerous game of death across the lonely hills of Dartmoor.

A fast-paced action thriller by the author of Balmoral Kill and the William Quest adventures.

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How I Write – An Interview

There’s an interview with me by Tony Eames on the excellent nfreads.com site, where I’m talking about how I write and the books.

This wonderful site has regular interviews with a great many authors. Do take a look!

Interview With Author John Bainbridge

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The Dartmoor Novel and the next William Quest Adventure

‘As blog followers will know, I’ve spent much of this year writing a thriller set on Dartmoor -it’s taken longer than I anticipated (writing novels always does), but the new book will be out by October.VLUU L110, M110  / Samsung L110, M110

The book is a sequel to my Sean Miller adventure Balmoral Kill, and is set on Dartmoor in 1937. It has a Dartmoor setting for a reason. I first visited the Moor when I was seven years old and spent the next few decades exploring it, leading guided walking parties, writing and broadcasting about the place, and more or less living there. In 1996, this culminated in my being appointed as chief executive of the Dartmoor Preservation Association – founded in 1883 and one of the oldest campaigning groups in Britain. Nine years later I left the DPA to go back to full-time writing, though I still support various environmental campaigns.VLUU L110, M110  / Samsung L110, M110

So there was a sort of inevitability about writing a work of fiction set on Dartmoor. Not the first… I’ve started Dartmoor novels before, but either never finished them, or been so dissatisfied I’ve destroyed the manuscripts – once with a Viking burning on the top of Ryder’s Hill – the highest hill on southern Dartmoor. Which I rather regret… you should always keep your old work. You might get the chance to reuse it.

The book starts in the eerie and lonely Wistman’s Wood…VLUU L110, M110  / Samsung L110, M110

The new book – and I shall be announcing the title in September – follows immediately on from the events in Balmoral Kill. If you’ve read that you’ll know it closes with Sean Miller going back to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Somehow, he finds himself instead on Dartmoor, meeting up with old friends and facing new enemies.

I’ve tried to root the book in Dartmoor reality. Apart from a couple of invented buildings, you could, if you wished, follow in Sean’s footsteps, over the Dartmoor tors, through the river valleys and even into Dartmoor Prison – well, perhaps they wouldn’t welcome you there!

I like to read books where you can go to the settings.

Of course it’s not unusual for Dartmoor writers to give accurate portrayals of the Moor. Novelist Eden Phillpotts, one-time president of the Dartmoor Preservation Association, used Dartmoor locations for his novels, right down to the actual names of farms and, in some cases, the people who lived in them. Not that you could get away with that these days.Vixen Tor. Picture John Bainbridge

Anyway, it’s been fun revisiting these Dartmoor scenes in my imagination. All those years of moorland walking have paid off. I’ll let you know when the book’s due out, for readers of the blog always get first news on how to order our books at a cheaper pre-publication price.

I’m already working on the next William Quest novel. Following Quest’s adventure in York in Dark Shadow, he’s back in London in the sinister alleys along the Thames. Facing some tough opposition as well – has the vigilante finally met his match?

And for the non-fiction fans I’m bringing out another walking book as in September, for those of you who enjoy reading about quiet days in the countryside.

If you haven’t read Balmoral Kill, here’s the link. It’s out in paperback and on Kindle:

And you can find out more about all of the books at my author page at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Bainbridge/e/B001K8BTHO/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

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Book News at the Year’s End

This has been a good year for me – I’ve published two novels, Dark Shadow in the William Quest series, and Legend – the final book in The Chronicles of Robin Hood series.

It’s nice to have finished the Robin Hood books as this has been an ambition of mine since boyhood. I may well return to writing another historical series in the future. I’ve several ideas in mind.

At the moment I’m writing a sequel to Balmoral Kill, and my hero Sean Miller is making a return. This one’s set in 1937 and finds Sean battling enemies on the wilds of Dartmoor. There’ll be lots of action and a detective mystery as well.

I’m also planning the fourth William Quest novel. Following his visit to York in Dark Shadow, Quest will be back in London, working for justice but outside the law. Always fun to be back in Quest’s Victorian world. Get the swordsticks ready!

I’m also hoping to write a walking memoir about my early days on Dartmoor. I’ve written four walking books so far. I get a lot of the ideas for writing when I’m out for a walk.

Not having Rupert Murdoch’s publicity budget, I do rely on word of mouth by readers to promote the books – so please do tell your friends and relatives.

Most of the books are out now in paperback as well as Kindle eBooks. You can get a list by clicking on this link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Bainbridge/e/B001K8BTHO/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1545641790&sr=1-2-ent

A prosperous, happy and peaceful New Year to you all
John.

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Legend – The New Robin Hood Novel Out Today

The final book in The Chronicles of Robin Hood series is out today, in paperback and as a Kindle eBook. Order it today and it’s cheaper! And a big thank you to everyone who’s bought and read my Robin Hood novels. Here’s the link…
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Legend Cover 1..jpgAn action-packed finale to The Chronicles of Robin Hood.AD 1203. Plantagenet England: The mighty overlords of Sherwood Forest wage war against the poor and desperate. The Sheriff of Nottingham and Guy of Gisborne impose a vicious tyranny across the shire.
Where is Robin Hood, the leader of the outlaws and rebels? Has he abandoned the persecuted folk of the Forest?  As the darkness of winter falls across Sherwood, nobody is sure whether Robin Hood lives or not…Has the revolt against the cruel and powerful overlords been put down at last? This retelling of the Robin Hood legend takes the tale of the famous outlaw back to its origins in medieval reality and brings the saga to a gripping and bloody conclusion. Men die in battle… but a legend is born.

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Get Dark Shadow Cheaper…

Dark Shadow, the third in the William Quest adventure thriller series, is published tomorrow – in paperback and as an eBook on Kindle.

Order it before publication today and you can have it cheaper. Prices rise tomorrow…

Thank you to everyone who has already ordered the book – I very much appreciate your support and hope you enjoy Dark Shadow.

Just click on the link to order your copy today… https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-William-Victorian-Mystery-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07F15T8NX/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1532509886&sr=1-2&keywords=john+bainbridge+books

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John Lardiner runs down a street in the ancient city of York and vanishes off the face of the earth.

In a dangerous race against time, Victorian adventurer William Quest is summoned to York to solve the mystery – what has happened to John Lardiner?

Forced into an uneasy alliance with the city police, William Quest finds his own life in peril.

Men who pry into the disappearance of John Lardiner end up dead.

In York’s jumble of alleys and narrow medieval streets, William Quest finds himself pursued by a sinister organisation.

Can he solve the mystery of John Lardiner’s vanishing before his enemies bring his adventurous career to an end?

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The New William Quest Novel

Dark Shadow – the third novel in the William Quest thriller series is now available for pre-order as a Kindle eBook. Publication day is on the 26th July.

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The paperback will be available to order soon.

So if you enjoy eBooks do order now at the cheaper pre-publication price.

And remember, you don’t need a Kindle to read the book. You can download a free app for your smartphone or tablet when you order.

Here’s the publisher’s blurb:

John Lardiner runs down a street in the ancient city of York and vanishes off the face of the earth.

In a dangerous race against time, Victorian adventurer William Quest is summoned to York to solve the mystery – what has happened to John Lardiner?

Forced into an uneasy alliance with the city police, William Quest finds his own life in peril.

Men who pry into the disappearance of John Lardiner end up dead.

In York’s jumble of alleys and narrow medieval streets, William Quest finds himself pursued by a sinister organisation.

Can he solve the mystery of John Lardiner’s vanishing before his enemies bring his adventurous career to an end?

To order please click on the link here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-William-Victorian-Mystery-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07F15T8NX/ref=sr_1_8?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1530279024&sr=1-8&keywords=John+Bainbridge

Gaslight Crime is now an archive blog, but we will be putting news of our own books here so keep reading….

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Goodbye Gaslight

After a lot of thought we’ve decided to end the Gaslight Crime blog.

We’re making a few changes this year, mostly to give us more time to write our own books.

We now have a website which will have all the latest news about our books.

The address is  https://johnbainbridgebooks.weebly.com/

Thanks to you all for reading our blogs. Gaslight Crime will remain online as an archive site.

The John Bainbridge Writer blog will continue at http://johnbainbridgewriter.wordpress.com 

John and Anne

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