My books

The 23-Day Girlfriend

Lonely heart Barry thought Gina might be too good to be true.
He was right.
Gina preys on vulnerable older men like Barry through online dating sites. She lures them in, uses them to set up a financial scam and then vanishes without trace.
But when an angry victim of her fraudulent scheme comes looking for Gina, Barry is drawn into deadly danger and faces having to kill – or be killed.
Published on June 18 2024

Catalyst

Sheffield is being steered towards an ecological disaster which will put thousands of lives at risk by an unscrupulous city council leader who is chasing one last big backhander before he gives up power.
With time running out to avert a potential catastrophe, fate takes a hand.
An old lady is injured by a falling branch from a tree during a storm. It is the unlikely spark for a chain of coincidental events which sets one man on the path to save the city.
Published on February 25 2021

Blood on Shakespeare's Typewriter

When Dan Khan buys a unique piece of cultural history for £50 from a man in the pub, he thinks his troubles are over.
He is told it’s the actual typewriter William Shakespeare used when he wrote all his plays. Dan and his girlfriend Shannon reckon it must be worth millions!
But they don’t realise the vintage machine was stolen from the city’s most notorious crime boss.
And he will stop at nothing to get back the sinister secret it contains.
Published on September 30 2023

Family Business

Family historian Graham Hasselhoff thought there were no skeletons in his cupboard. That is, until the day he met the son he never knew he had.
Getting to know Andreas, who is now the boss of a road haulage firm, soon leads him to a trail of arson, beatings, mysterious warnings – and murder.
Can his son really be behind this deadly business?
Graham has to quickly work out if Andreas is an impetuous eccentric – or a dangerously ruthless criminal.
Published on June 3 2020

The Murder of Miss Perfect

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Pendlebury almost died at the end of his last big case.
Three years later, he is struggling to cope with forced retirement and the frustration of failing to convict the teacher accused of killing an 18-year-old student after seducing her.
Now, he must try one more time to search for the vital piece of missing evidence the Police failed to find during the initial investigation and make sure justice is served for the cruel murder of the beautiful young woman the media dubbed Miss Perfect.
Published on July 22 2022

Sunbeam

John Baldwin has been on a downward spiral to self-destruction since the day he witnessed the murder of his best friend, Stef. It has cost him his marriage, his business and his dignity.
One year on from the day that turned his world upside down, he sees Stef again. John fears he has finally lost his mind but Stef is there to pull his friend back from the brink, not tip him over it. He offers John a fresh start; a new destiny.
John rebuilds his life. He has everything again but there is a price to pay. The killer is still on the loose and Stef wants revenge.
Published on November 10 2019

Reviews for Blood on Shakespeare's Typewriter

“No spoilers, but you seriously need to read this one. A combination of love, murder, missing fingers and the ever-present typewriter make it one of the best books I’ve read for quite some time.”

Best-selling author Anita Waller

“A ludicrous premise beautifully played out.”

Book blogger Peter Fleming

“Mark can’t half spin a good yarn, and this was no exception.”

RL Charlesworth, Amazon review

“The humour of the first few chapters gives way to a seriously dark and dangerous cat and mouse chase across Sheffield.”

Carol T, Amazon review

“I will certainly be looking out for more by this talented author.”

Alyson R, Amazon review

“A must read for anyone that loves a great crime novel – don’t miss this, whatever you do.”

Author Joy Wood

“It’s clever, it’s funny, it’s gripping. It delivers on all counts.”

Blogger Karen’s Book Bag

“Wow, what a read! Recommend it highly if you like an adventure and a bit of silliness.”

Katie5865, Amazon review 

“I couldn’t wait for a spare moment to read more but at the same time didn’t want it to end, so tried to spin it out as long as possible.”

JA Walsh, Amazon review

Reviews for The Murder of Miss Perfect

“Normally I have a fair idea of where a story will lead but this little gem had me well and truly hoodwinked, and then when I thought I’d finally had a lightbulb moment, the author smashed it, leaving me in the dark before revealing a truly devious ending.”

Rosie Bray, Amazon review

“I actually shouted out WTF when these things were happening, giving my partner the shock of a lifetime!”

Bookworm86, Amazon review

“An absolute must read and master class of crime fiction. “

Tracy Holmes, Goodreads review

“Better than the average tv crime drama and with a twist that made me gasp out loud!”

V G Wilcox, Amazon review

“Felt as though I’d been on a fruitless fishing expedition, catching nothing but red herrings!”

E Millington, Amazon review

“Absolutely riveting – intelligent, fast-paced, cleverly plotted, surprising.”

Veronika Jordan, blogger

“This is one of the few crime thrillers I’ve read that kept me guessing right to the end.”

Heather Kemp, Amazon review

“A massive five stars from me for this outstanding tale from a master story-teller”

Anita Waller, author 

“The author certainly knows how to grab the reader’s attention and draw them into what proves to be one hell of a story.”

Ginger Book Geek, blogger

“This was such a great book, very clever. An excellent storyline and I rarely say it, but I had no idea who the killer was!”

Dee Groocock, Goodreads review

Reviews for Catalyst

“I can’t recommend this book highly enough. If you want to laugh and cry in equal measure then this is the book for you.”

Anita Waller, author

“I found the characters great, the storyline wonderful and there was ironic humour throughout. I loved it!”

Jude Srivalsan, Amazon review

“An engaging read full of unexpected twists.”

Mary Thomas, Goodreads review

“This story is so different and shows to me that he is an author that has the skill to write different genres.”

Beyond the Books blog

“Catalyst is tightly written, fast paced and a very interesting take on how poor decisions can cascade into complex situations.”

Nikki Klein, US review

“A story of a working-class hero who embodies the wish-fulfilment of everyone that wants to believe David can defeat Goliath.”

Tracy Holmes, Amazon review

“Karma is a wonderful concept and this book delivers it in spades.”

Deb Day, Amazon review

“Had me laughing so much at parts my husband thought I’d lost my mind.”

Katie Cooper, Amazon review

“Love, love, love the idea and the lessons we can learn from it too, executed deftly and with, as ever, such brilliant and enjoyable narrative.”

Victoria Wilcox, Amazon review

Reviews for Sunbeam

“A plot that is so full of unexpected twists and turns that the reader is left guessing until the final page.”

Derbyshire Life magazine

“Don’t worry about what genre it is, it sits across many. Just read it and enjoy.”

Marilyn Pemberton, author

“Sunbeam is an excellent first novel. The writing was superb; wordsmithery at its best.”

Ralph Jones, author

“Sunbeam had me from page one right through to the ending, which left me wondering… for days.”

Moira Hodgkinson, author

“More twists and turns than a Scalextric race track and couldn’t wait to get to the end to find out what happens.”

Clare Naylor, Amazon review

“This is not just a novel that provides a great read, but one that will make you think beyond the last page.”

Tracy Holmes, Amazon review

“What a fantastic book – up there as mainstream and could easily compete with Linwood Barclay and the like.”

V G Wilcox, Amazon review

“Highly original novel – completely unpredictable and a definite page-turner.”

Kathy Eccles, Amazon review

“One of the best books I’ve read in a very long time.”

Harris, Amazon review

Reviews for Family Business

Family Business was an awesome, unique novel that I could wrap up with the word ‘unexpected’. It is definitely strange but there is relatability, which makes this such a compelling read.”

Jessica Belmont, book blog review

“The only thing that could make it better would be for it to last longer. I didn’t want it to end.”

J A Walsh, Amazon review

“Seemingly random events, memories and observations all come together in the gripping finale, of what I would class as a very superior novel.”

Ralph Jones, author

“Page-turning and gripping – read it now, you won’t regret it.”

Moira Hodgkinson, author

“So many thrillers these days promise readers a twist that they will not see coming and then don’t deliver on that promise. Well, believe me, this story has a genuinely shocking twist that I most definitely didn’t see coming.”

Nicki Richards, book blog review

“I had read Mark’s previous novel, Sunbeam. That was a very good and well written tale – this is even better.”

Andy Angel, book blog review

“A totally original story that has a lot of dark humour in it. I truly enjoyed my time with Family Business.”

Sharon Rimmelzwaan, book blog review

“The writing is inviting and it’s a cleverly plotted story with some nice twists and Eklid led me up the garden path once or twice.”

Alex Jones, Amazon review

“I am stumped! All I can say is this book is strange, weird, different, yet relatable, interesting and entertaining. I enjoyed it a lot!”

Rajiv’s Reviews, book blog review