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The Sanford 3rd Age Club Mysteries

What readers say about the Sanford 3rd Age Club Mysteries:

“The characters all seem like people you’ve met at some time.” A Jardine

“Joe is a character that is growing with every tale.” Paul Bell

“If you enjoy a good detective story, with some humour thrown in, then these books are a must.” Amazon Customer

“Lots of twists, turns and a good crowd of characters.” KB Walker

“If I lived in the area I would want to join the STAC. I love Joe and his ‘girls’.” Amazon Customer

“It even fooled me, and I’m a theatrical.” Lesley Cookman

“The Sanford 3rd Age Club canon grows at a great pace. This is number 14 and there are no signs that the author has run out of ideas for plots!” Stillarobin


 

THE FILEY CONNECTION (STAC #1)

It’s summertime and the Sanford 3rd Age Club are living it up in the seaside town of Filey. But life is not without its problems for amateur sleuth, Joe Murray. Was Nicola Leach’s death an accident or deliberate? Did Eddie Dobson fall into the sea or did he jump? What’s going on behind the innocent façade and closed doors of the Beachside Hotel? Where do the intimidating Irwin brothers fit into the picture, who raided Joe’s room and why did the mugger pick on Brenda? Questions Joe and his sidekicks must find answers for is they’re to solve the mystery of The Filey Connection

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007E2JTC2

Amazon worldwide: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007E2JTC2

 


THE I-SPY MURDERS (STAC #2)

It’s August and Gibraltar Hall hosts reality TV show I-Spy with Brenda as one of the contestants. Her Sanford 3rd Age Club friends arrive to welcome her back after a week’s stay in the house. Inside, feelings run strong between the Housies. Arguments become heated. Then one of them is found dead. With cameras covering most of the house, no one could have gone near the victim without being seen. No one from the outside could have entered the house without being seen. It must be suicide. But Joe knows it was murder and he must persuade the police of that. It’s a complex and maddening puzzle for the Sanford 3rd Age Club. Can they solve the impossible murder?

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008EKQVGU

Amazon worldwide: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008EKQVGU

 


A HALLOWEEN HOMICIDE (STAC #3)

The Sanford Third Age Club are enjoying one of their famous weekend breaks at the haunted Palmer Hotel, at Elvington, near York. The witching hour approaches and things begin to happen. A valuable necklace goes missing, then during the ghost hunt, Joe’s lighter is stolen along with Les Tanner’s expensive pen. A guest is found dead, and Joe, ably assisted by his constant companions Sheila and Brenda are in the thick of it. What is Edgar Prudhoe up to? How much does his prospective son-in-law, Callum McGuire, hate him, is Deidre Prudhoe really as drunk as she appears? What is the history behind Yvonne Naylor’s mangled hand? With entertainers, Linda Ellis and Rick Hart orchestrating ghostly goings on at The Old Inn, the puzzle is cranked up several notches when one of the suspects does a runner and a second body is found. A host of suspects, a range of motives, it’s a complex puzzle for Joe and his chums. Are the master sleuths up to it?

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0098QRVLI

Amazon Worldwide: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0098QRVLI

 


A MURDER FOR CHRISTMAS (STAC #4)

It’s Christmas and the Sanford Third Age Club are living it up at the Regency Hotel. But on a snowy Christmas morning, there’s murder afoot, and it’s up to Joe, Sheila and Brenda to find the killer and there are so many questions to answer. How much hatred flows round the hotel, what game is Jennifer playing, what is the meaning of the cryptic pictogram found near the victim, how does a long lost penny fit into it all and how many times will Joe have to search the hotel dustbins? For the Yorkshire sleuths, it’s a taxing mystery, marinated in a yuletide atmosphere.

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009Y6JAA2

Amazon Worldwide: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009Y6JAA2

 


MURDER AT THE MURDER MYSTERY WEEKEND (STAC #5)

Happy New Year! The bells ring out over the city of Lincoln, and at the Twin Spire Hotel, the Sanford 3rd Age Club celebrate with their customary enthusiasm. It’s the kind of party Joe enjoys; a Murder Mystery Weekend. A drama designed to tax his powers of observation and deduction. But dark forces are at work in the background. How much does Robbie Kendrew hate his boss and his rival? Is Melanie’s interest in Joe limited to the performing rights for his cases? How did Gerry Carlin manage to seduce Wendy so quickly? When there are not one but two killings in 24 hours, the line between reality and drama becomes blurred. Is life imitating art or vice versa? Working with the police, Joe, Sheila, Brenda and the gang uncover a complex web of deceit and skulduggery.

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00A9GOG6O

Amazon Worldwide: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A9GOG6O

 


MY DEADLY VALENTINE (STAC #6)

Valentine’s Day approaches and a lonely Joe Murray has his eye on the newest member of the Sanford 3rd Age Club, Letty Hill. But when the Sanford Valentine Strangler strangler strikes for the fourth year in succession, Joe’s amorous inclinations are sidetracked. And he doesn’t have far to look for the prime suspect… it’s him. Faced with a killer who leaves almost no trace, a public suddenly suspicious of him and a police officer with a personal grudge against him, Joe has to work doubly hard to clear his name and bring the killer to book.

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00B9HHF8I

Amazon Worldwide: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B9HHF8I

 


THE CHOCOLATE EGG MURDERS (STAC #7)

It’s Somerset for the Sanford 3rd Age Club and a busy charity weekend in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, and Joe, Sheila and Brenda are looking forward to a relaxing time. But along with the chocolate for the Great Egg Hunt, someone has hidden a body, and eve before the rain stops, the STAC are in the thick of it. Threatened with violence as he tries to learn the identity of the bad-tempered redhead wandering round town, embroiled in blackmail and hidden personal histories, while the body count rises, Joe and his two companions struggle to make sense of what is going on around them.

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BVM4G60

Amazon Worldwide: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BVM4G60

 


THE SUMMER WEDDING MURDER (STAC #8)

It was supposed to be a relaxing weekend off, attending a wedding in the Lake District, but it soon becomes a nightmare for Joe Murray. Not only has he had to shut down the Lazy Luncheonette for the weekend, but it’s intolerably hot and Brenda is in a bad mood and won’t say why. And as if that’s not bad enough, the body of a photographer is found hanging by his own camera strap in a disused, derelict boathouse. Who was Adam Pitman, what was his beef with bridesmaid Darlene? How well did the bride know him, what secret is the landlord of the Waterside Inn hiding? Questions, questions, questions. And Joe is short of time to find the answers.

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00DF7G306

Amazon Worldwide: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DF7G306

 


COSTA DEL MURDER (STAC #9)

A heart attack or not heart attack? No one is sure, but everyone agrees on one thing. Joe needs a relaxing break in the sun. Where better than Spain’s Costa del Sol? And so to Apartmentos Ingles, where Joe, Sheila and Brenda meet the permanent residents of Little England. But all is far from content in this community of expats. Is Rita Shepperton really trying to blackmail Joe, or is she just tapping him for a hundred euros? Does Colonel Holgate really imagine the British Empire still exists, or is he putting on a class act? Is it Joe’s naturally suspicious nature, or do the residents of Little England all have something to hide? When a body turns up in the pool, even the police believe it was natural causes, but when Joe digs into the secrets and lies of this small community, he becomes convinced that there was nothing natural about this death.

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ERRNVDA

Amazon Worldwide: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ERRNVDA

 


CHRISTMAS CRACKERS (STAC #10)

It’s Yuletide again and faced with a demanded writer, Joe, Sheila and Brenda must deliver tales of murder and mayhem. Who slaughtered Santa? Who committed a felony on a ferry, topped a teller, killed a copper and did Lee really go gunning for a gumshoe? In the background there is the Novel of the Year award and Joe is faced with finding another brutal killer. Its Christmas, but not everyone harbours peace and goodwill, and for the three sleuths, it means MURDER MOST FESTIVE.

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00GPNZYK2

Amazon Worldwide: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GPNZYK2

 


DEATH IN DISTRIBUTION (STAC #11)

With Lazy Luncheonette under threat of redevelopment, Joe Sheila and Brenda take time off for the STAC Easter outing to Blackpool, fun capital of the North. But after a scrape with a drunken lorry driver on the motorway, Joe finds himself embroiled in a double murder at a parcels distribution depot where everything is done by the book. Confronted with obstinate police officers, reluctant witnesses and a tangled puzzle of personality clashes, Joe is driven to distraction trying to pin down the killer. Hounded by a determined property tycoon, wooed by an amorous shop steward, Joe is ready for admitting defeat.

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00J2T58DO

Amazon Worldwide: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J2T58DO

 


A KILLING IN THE FAMILY (STAC #12)

It’s the height of summer, the days are long and hot and there’s not a cloud in the sky. But these are dark days for the relocated The Lazy Luncheonette. And then along comes Sir Douglas Ballantyne, a billionaire threatened with murder, and he wants Joe to investigate. Arriving at the Ballantyne residence, in the heart of Lancashire Witch country, Joe, Sheila and Brenda find that all is not happy families, but which of the sons, daughters and in-laws wants Sir Douglas dead? When the old man is attacked and his life left hanging in the balance, Joe must tackle the closed ranks of the family in order to unmask a devilish and devious assailant.

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NUEPDXW

Amazon Worldwide: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NUEPDXW

 


A THEATRICAL MURDER (STAC #13)

Howling winds, driving rain, freezing temperatures. The New Year has come in with a nasty bite, but the Sanford 3rd Age Club brave the elements to visit Skegness for a performance of Hamlet, starring the granddaughter of one of their own. But when one of the cast is murdered on stage, it’s a call to action for Joe, Sheila and Brenda. Shot or poisoned? Was the killing linked to drugs? Or was it related to a road accident in the dim and distant past. Does it involve the very public antipathy between the victim and star of a nearby pantomime? With suspects who are all actors, how are Joe, Sheila and Brenda supposed to know who is telling the truth and who is lying?

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00UKC0E90

Amazon Worldwide: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UKC0E90

 


TRIAL BY FIRE (STAC#14)

A house fire on a sweltering summer morning comes as no surprise, but when a body is found in the ruins, the Sanford police soon have the prime suspect in their sights. Evidence mounts, an arrest is made, and Joe Murray is at his wits end before helps comes from an unexpected quarter. How could all the evidence be wrong? There’s only one way. It was carefully constructed to point in the wrong direction and Joe and his partner in crime-detection must pull out all the stops to prove it. The fourteenth Sanford 3rd Age Club Mystery and it’s Joe’s toughest, most dangerous case yet.

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B012TA2614

Amazon Worldwide: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B012TA2614


PERIL IN PALMANOVA (STAC #15)

The Sanford 3rd Age Club are headed for the sunny island of Majorca and for Joe it’s a much-needed break. Denise has been killed in a car crash and he needs some serious stress-relief. He has sun, sand and Sangria, but all is far from well. Was Denise’s death an accident or was she deliberately run off the road? Was that arrow meant for Joe? Who is posting threatening notes under his door? The police in Spain and England pay scant attention to his rambling and as his paranoia grows, his friends in the 3rd Age Club rally round in a determined effort to fight the PERIL IN PALMANOVA

Peril in Palmanova is published by Crooked Cat Books on October 26th, 2017, and is now available for pre-order in Kindle format and paperback, at:

Amazon UK

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