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November 2020: Update

Ray will be appearing live on BBC Radio Leeds this Saturday 28th November, talking to Nick Ahad about Imposition.

Ray is pleased to announce that Book 5 in the IMP series, Imposition has been published. It is available in Kindle e-book, paperback and audiobook formats. Click here to find it on Amazon. It is also available from independent bookshops.

The press release, along with book cover and synopis can be found HERE.

November 2020

During October, Ray spoke to Tony Barker of Billboard TV about the IMP series, in a socially distanced TV interview, sharing the bill with one or two big names from the world of music and books. Click here to see the interview.

Book 5 in the Gardener/Reilly mysteries, Imposition is due for release before Christmas. Please keep calling back to the site for details.

Click here for a preview of some stills from the long-awaited audio-visual short story, Stolen Innocence, filmed in association with Edge Waes. Although production is underway it is not yet finished. More details to follow.

September 2020

Book 4 in the IMP series, Impression has now been released as an audiobook, once again narrated by Greg Wagland.

A series of murders threatens to side-line Yorkshire Police’s search for a missing girl.

Sally Summerby charges into a Leeds police station, utterly distraught. Her five-year-old daughter has gone missing, presumably abducted. Yet despite mobilising all of their resources, the police can find no sign of the child.

DI Stewart Gardener gets wind of the case when investigating the murder of a woman in her rented suburban house. She has been pinned to the floor with a bayonet. Yet under her body is a photo of the child.

The mother knows nothing of this woman. And she is clearly shocked when it is established the latter is a sex worker. But as several weeks have passed since the abduction, she becomes more and more desperate.

DI Gardener and his trusty Sergeant Sean Reilly are also getting frustrated. A local businessman linked to the victim's property has been poisoned. And to add to the detectives' woes, a neighbourhood weirdo who fancies himself as a private detective and thinks he can solve the crimes keeps bothering them.

Gardener is sure the cases are linked, but the clock is ticking, resources are stretched, and the pressure is mounting to find who is responsible and why.

Click here to listen to a sample and for ordering details.

Imposition will be the next book in the IMP series. Ray would like to point out that this book is very different from the previous 4 in so far as it is based on a true story, featuring a psychopath from an East Yorkshire coastal town whose reign of terror spanned over thirteen years. As yet there is no publication date, but please keep calling back to the site for further details.

As most of you are now aware of the number of cancellations of events for 2020 has soared due to the pandemic, Band Aid 3 has been no exception. The new date for the concert is Saturday 12th June 2021. Click Here to see the poster. Fingers crossed that the entertainment industry survives, and not only Band Aid 3, but many other shows will go ahead as planned. More details to follow.

July 2020

Book 3 in the IMP series, Implant has now been released as an audiobook, once again narrated by Greg Wagland.

A ruthless criminal is picking off the inhabitants of a Yorkshire town. As the methods increase in cruelty, the pressure on the police mounts. A police constable ventures out in the middle of the night after a report about suspicious activity at a hardware store in a small town. The light is on, but no one seems to be around: only a ringing phone that will start a manhunt. When DI Gardener turns up to investigate further, he discovers a man in some difficulty. The kind of difficulties you experience when you've been screwed, crucifixion-style, to a wall. With the unfortunate victim – the nephew of the hardware shop's owner – beyond help, the town is put under lock down. And every possible suspect, including the uncle, brought in. It is not an isolated incident, and the killer has more in store. The detectives are soon led to another situation where a woman is perilously close to death. So close that it's a matter of millimetres. Delving further in the case will require careful inspection of the crime scenes and the murderer's torturous methods. In fact, they have been taunting the police by leaving a strange calling card. But only by working out the motive will DI Gardener catch the cruel killer.

Click here to listen to a sample and for ordering details.

Behind Four Walls is a new charity anthology compiled by author Francis Powell, and soon to be published by Arkbound. The collection is in aid of the Marie Curie fund and each story has the Covid-19 pandemic theme running through it. Ray's contribution is entitled, Ranger Man, and the author is only too pleased to have been asked to take part. Click here for further details and the chance to follow on Facebook. Francis has mentioned that they are also trying to raise money for the book with kickstarter: Click here for details.

June 2020

Impression, book 4 in the IMP series, has now been released. Detectives Stewart Gardener and Sean Reilly called out at midnight to a housing estate in Batley where they discover the dead body of a young woman pinned to the floor with a bayonet. Before the investigation is underway, Gardener takes a call to inform him there is another dead body propped up in a shop doorway in Birstall, only three miles away. Gardener's worse nightmare is imminent because both bodies have a connection. And that is only the beginning. Click here for details of how and where to buy.

Book 2 in the IMP series, Imperfection has now been released as an audiobook, once again narrated by Greg Wagland. The site of a corpse at the end of a rope is the first thing a theatre audience sees when the curtain rises. Gardener and Reilly are called and a number of questions follow: How was it done without being seen? Is the killer still in the audience? Is he a theatre worker or an actor? And what kind of grudge do they have to bear? The Detectives are then taunted about their ability by a trail of clues, before DI Gardener realises that his own family may be in danger. Click here for details of how and where to buy.

In May, Ray was interviewed by the author of the Hannah Weybridge series, Anne Coates about his career in writing. Click here to read The Cocktail Lounge.

Author Francis Powell is putting together a short story collection in aid of the Marie Curie fund and has approached Ray for a short story. More details will follow.

Tony Barker of Billboard TV has once again contacted Ray for a filmed interview about his writing career and the IMP series. Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic restrictions the interview will not be filmed until lockdown has been lifted. In the meantime, Click here to see the latest episode: Please call back to the site for further updates.

Finally, also due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, Band Appeal 3 has now been rescheduled for Saturday 14th November 2020, and will still take place at Junction in Goole. The concert is to raise funds and awareness for Oesophageal Cancer, in association with the OPA and Emmerdale actress, Fiona Wade. More details of the acts taking part and where and how to buy tickets will follow. Keep checking the site for updates.

May 2020

Book 4 in the IMP series, Impression, a brand new adventure featuring Gardener and Reilly is due for release by The Book Folks toward the end of May. Please keep checking the site for further details.

Impurity: Book 1 in the IMP series, is now available as an audio book. Click here for details on how to order, and a sample of the audio file: published by W.F. Howes, and featuring the voice of Greg Wagland as the narrator. Please check the site for details of further release dates for the other books in the IMP series.

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Band Appeal 3 has now been rescheduled for Saturday 14th November 2020 at Junction in Goole. The concert is to raise funds and awareness for Oesophageal Cancer, in association with the OPA and Emmerdale actress Fiona Wade. The official poster, the acts appearing, and details of where and how to buy tickets will follow.

March 2020

Book 3 in the IMP series, Implant, is due for general release shortly: keep calling back to the site for details of how to order.

Recent IMP news included a contract with W.F. Howes for the publication of the series on audio books. Ray is now pleased to announce that actor, Greg Wagland has been chosen as the narrator. Please check site for further details of release dates.

Band Appeal 3: Saturday 6th June 2020 at Junction in Goole. The concert is to raise funds and awareness for Oesophageal Cancer, in association with the OPA and Emmerdale actress Fiona Wade. Click here to see the official poster and the acts taking part, and details of where and how to buy tickets.


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