Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Main Street Murders and more....

Well, crime noir fans, my third Peter English, PI novel, The Main Street Murders is finished. I am working on the cover. As soon as that is complete, I will send it along to the publisher. It should be available on Amazon in paperback and on Kimble.

I am researching my fourth novel in the Peter English, PI series now. The Chicago Connection. Of course, if you are from the south, that is pronounced Chicargo. Well, either way, Pete goes to Chicago following up a lead. He contacts his old friend, Luca Barzizza, and his partner, Milo Conti, detectives on the Chicago Police Department, looking for information and maybe a little help.
They introduce him to Lawrence Forsyth, a Chicago private investigator. He and Forsyth end up working the case together.

But wait...there is more. I will keep writing the Peter English, PI Mystery Series, which is set primarily in Memphis during the late 1940s. But I am also going to start the Lawrence Forsyth, PI series set primarily in Chicago during the '40s.

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

     What are you doing at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 28th? Why don't you come to the Morton Museum of Collierville History. It is located in a beautiful old church building on the corner of Main Street and Poplar Avenue. It is a white building with beautiful stained glass windows. The parking and entrance are in the rear, just off Main Street.

     I will be speaking there about my three Peter English, PI novels, The Frame, Murder on the 13th Green and The Main Street Murders. And signing books that anyone buys. They are $15.00 each from me or from Amazon, and if I sign them, that will increase the value of each book by at least 10 or 15 cents.

     All three of these books are set in Memphis, TN during the post WWII 1940s. Even though these are fictional stories, I wanted to make sure everything I wrote about that period was correct. I was born in Memphis in the 1940s, grew up and went to high school and college here in the '50s and '60s.

     I will be sharing about the research I did. Make that I am still doing, because I am still writing the Peter English, PI books. Downtown Memphis of the 1940s had some great buildings, stores, movie theatres. The cars, the clothes, the guns, and so much more had to be researched.

     I am also going to talk about book #4, The Chicago Connection. Which will introduce a new character Pete meets in Chicago, Lawrence Forsyth, a Chicago PI. I will keep writing the Peter English, PI novels, but I am also going to do a new series of books featuring Lawrence Forseth, PI, based in Chicago. Yep, more research.

 

 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Since I write mystery novels set in Memphis, TN during the 1940's. I have had some inquiries about where I do my research.
I start with Google, but I also go to local public archives. Sometimes Peter English, the private investigator who is the main character in these books, has to go outside Memphis to other cities and states. And other characters may show up from Chicago, New York, Miami and even some prisons in other states. I have to research all these locals, as well as police departments and other things from these areas.
But I have a very special ace in the hole in Memphis, Jimmy Ogle, the Official Historian of Memphis. He is a walking, talking treasure trove of information, history and even images.
I have mentioned my research online, so now people are sending me sites for historic information. Please keep it coming!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Have any of you read The Frame or Murder on the 13th Green? I would love to hear your comments.
send me your e-mail address and I will start including you in my newsletter. Why? Because every now and then I actually give something away. I include some of my cartoons and all sorts of good stuff. Would you like to have a caricature of yourself? I do those too.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Machine Gun Kelly

I wrote about Machine Gun Kelly's capture in Memphis, TN in one of my Peter English, PI novels. Frank Ramirez, one of the characters in all three of these novels, was in on the capture, which took place in a little house located at 1408 Raynor in South Memphis. Frank's character is a police detective in 1940s era Memphis. What I didn't include was the lead FBI agent during that raid, William Asbury Rorer. Mr. Rorer died died last year in an Albany, GA hospital. He was 69 years old. George 'Machine Gun' Kelly was raised in Memphis and attended Central High School. The FBI tracked him back to Memphis in search of kidnappers of an Oklahoma City Millionaire. I guess I need to go back and add Agent Rorer to my story.

The Main Street Murders

Working on the third Perter English, PI mystery novel now. The Main Street Murders. If you like the old B & W film noir, crime/detective movies of the '30s, '40s and '50s, you should like these books. Peter English is sort of a Sam Spade, Phillip Marlowe and Nick Charles (the Thin Man) all rolled up into one really cool PI. There is action, murder, mayhem, humor, a little romance here and there (Well, he is a tall, handsome, dashing, daring, single private eye...so the ladies like him.). There are twists and turns in this one. When you think you've got it all figured out...well, you'll just have to read it. I can't wait to start on the next page so I'll know what's happening.

You have read the first two Peter English, PI novels haven't you? The Frame and Murder on the 13th Green? These novels are set in Memphis, TN, during the 1940s, following WWII. They are available as e-books and in paperback. They will be available as audio books later this year.

If like these books, please let me know and put a brief comment on Amazon.
 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Frame and Murder on the 13th Green

Hey, anyone out there who reads The Frame and Murder on the 13th Green, please post a comment on Amazon? It helps with position in the marketplace and sales.
Anyone who hasn't read them? Silly question. Look, they are Peter English, PI crime novels, set in Memphis. TN during the 1940's. It is full of murder, mayhem, humor, a little romance, and lots of Memphis history and landmarks.
If you are from Memphis or live in Memphis, you may learn something about the city.
Go to Amazon and type in Nick Nixon or The Frame or Murder on the 13th Green. They are available in print for under $15 and on Kindle for under $3. They will soon be available as audio books.
The Main Street Murders, the third in the series, will be released early in 2019.