The body of a young woman was found – stumbled over would be more correct – by a fisherman returning home at first light after a night spent angling off the beach between Torrox Costa and Nerja. Because the body was naked and the head had been shaved clean of hair, he had literally not noticed her against the sand on which she lay.
is a feast of thirty-two thought-provoking short stories set on the Costa del Sol, written by ex-pat author John Hardy, who has lived in the region for 20 years. Packed with tales of murder, extortion, robbery, obsession and people trafficking, all have a twist in the tail. They are also all written with a light touch and a dash of humour.
“The stories themselves are all fictional, but many of the events are based on actual incidents, some of which happened to or were witnessed by myself,” says author John.
The anthology gives a real flavour of Spain – from the beaches of the Costa del Sol to the mountainous hinterland. The day-to-day life, the celebrations and the interplay between the locals, ex-pats and hordes of holidaymakers who together inhabit the region blend together in this highly enjoyable fiesta
of a book.
This collection brings together all of John Hardy’s earlier short stories, originally published as separate anthologies, into one must-have volume, as well as encorporating two new stories.
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Since childhood, I have been an aficionado of crime and mystery stories, and have read most of the classical crime writers from Chandler to Rankin and Ann Cleeves. This is probably why when I started writing fiction in recent years, I have mainly written in this genre.
However, whilst working as a lecturer in England, my writing was limited to study papers for the College of Estate Management at Reading University, on both building and civil engineering technology and measurement. During this time I also produced a textbook on civil engineering measurement.
Subsequently while working as a homoeopath and natural medicine practitioner, I wrote articles for the journal of the Association of Natural Medicine (see link to this organisation on my website), mainly on homoeopathy.
When I moved to Spain 20 years ago, I had the freedom to start writing fiction. I began to write short stories of crime and mystery, set in the Axarquía where I live, a rural area of southern Spain. Some of these were published in local English magazines, and later published as collections of short stories (‘Andalucían Mysteries’ and ‘More Andalucían Mysteries’ ) in English, German and Spanish. These are still available to buy from amazon. Although these books are not meant to be travel books, they do try to present a view of the area, its people, its festivals and customs, and the interactions between the local populace, the ex pats and tourists.
‘Malaga Mysteries’ is a new compilation of stories, incorporating both these collections plus a couple of extra stories.
I have now started writing crime stories set in other areas, mainly in regions of England that I know well and around some well known events, and have published a new book of stories set in UK, Spain and biblical Palestine, under the title 'Twisted Tales'.
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