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Eight more crime stories of every hue, from women sleuths through duelling bueaucrats to hard-boiled gangsters.

Stuff Happens – A man goes for a long swim without a snorkel, and local tai chi expert and ex-military cop Carlton Medway has to figure out why he’s in the frame.

Hidden Benefits – A Riley Gavin/Frank Palmer short. When a local small-time crook seems to have more than his fair share of money… and wives, Riley and Frank are called in to find out how – and why.

The Trench – A war veteran revisits his old French battleground, and finds that his memories are not as dim as he’d like, and the past has come back to haunt him with a vengeance.

Recipe for Mayhem – A murder/mystery weekend and somebody is stealing from the guests. A chance for the hired help to show they are more astute than the experts.

Procedure – A late-night visit by two enforcers for a big-time Dutch gangster in London finds their intended victim having to play dirty.

Call-Out – A Royal Military Policewoman has a feckless and gullible half-brother with a talent for bad money-making schemes… with deadly consequences.

Dressed to Kill – Three friends go clothes shopping… and find that smoking really does kill.

The Duel – The old methods of settling differences have not yet died out among certain European Union pen-pushers – with a dramatic difference.

SHADES OF MAYHEM (Volume 2) is available from Amazon (US) and Amazon (UK).


Praise for Adrian Magson’s writing:

The Harry Tate spy series

“With high-octane action, steadily building tension, and a plot packed with twists, Magson’s second Harry Tate novel suggests the best of Ken Follett or Robert Ludlum but with a touch more substance.” Booklist (American Library Association)

TRACERS is an intelligent read, fast-paced, with more twists and turns than a high-octane roller coaster. It’s sure to add more fans to Mr. Magson’s ever expanding fan base on this side of the Atlantic.” New York Journal of Books –

“…chock-a-block with nail-biting suspense and high-octane action.” Booklist Reviews (‘Retribution’)

“A stand-out thriller.” Publishers Weekly (‘Retribution’)

“France’s answer to Jack Reacher!” – ( – re Insp Lucas Rocco series –

“Adrian Magson is a classic crime star in the making.”
( Daily Mail London – )

“…the series is getting better and better.”
( – Insp Lucas Rocco series)


Adrian Magson is the author of 13 crime/thriller novels and many short stories and articles. His latest novels are ‘Retribution’ (Severn House), 4th in the Harry Tate spy series, and ‘Death on the Pont Noir’ (Allison &Busby), 3rd in the Inspector Lucas Rocco series. A regular reviewer for Shots Magazine, he writes the ‘Beginners’ and ‘New Author’ pages for Writing Magazine, and is the author of ‘Write On! – The Writer’s Help Book’ (Accent Press).
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