"Inspired by true events" sums up the reason Alan has written two thrillers.
In the first case, the murder of a servant woman in Victorian Glasgow prompted a present-day investigation by librarian Billie Vane and Chrissie Fersen, an American descendant of a person involved in that crime. (The Murder Tree was published by Matador in October 2013.)
For the second book in the series, Billie gets drawn into researching new evidence for the sinking of the Titanic, unaware that this will also put his life under threat from the ambitions and sexual perversions of a former government minister.
Teaser: Why does Billie spell his name the female way? The explanation is within the pages of The Titanic Document!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
The story is full of intriguing twists and turns from start to finish.
I can highly recommend this thriller for anyone whether a Titanic enthusiast or not.
by Jane McDermott
Never have I read a book so quick! Gripping, entertaining and hard to put down, just like The Murder Tree. Really interesting theory about the cause of the Titanic’s fate too!
by Ellie Gregory
Brilliant, I couldn't put the damned thing down! The only complaint was that it finished suddenly. I was expecting and hoping for more!
by Karl Jackson
Gripping and entertaining.
by Alan Whelan
A thoroughly enjoyable read and a great idea for a story. Very well researched and well written. I liked the pace and, in that, it reminded me of a John Grisham. The ending didn't disappoint either. I am a Manchester girl born and bred and am familiar with the places mentioned especially Deansgate and I worked in the city for several years. I have a great affection for Manchester Central Library and have spent many a happy hour in there.
by Jennifer Edwards
I love anything related to the Titanic so I was both thrilled and intrigued when this book got released. I’ve read The Murder Tree by the same author, which was brilliant, and so I had high hopes for this new book … I wasn’t disappointed. I highly recommend it. A great read
Highly recommend! This book had me glued to it with all the twists and turns.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading The Titanic Document, loved the twists & turns, I wasn’t sure until the end who to believe & who were the good guys! Really appreciated the nod to our local area too, not often Preston is on any literary map!
by Jan Harrison
It was certainly a page turner and it was good to catch up with Billie again. I enjoyed the writing and especially reading about local areas like Clitheroe and Preston Station. I liked the twists and turns and the characters were believable.
by Angie Strickland
I found it (TheTitanic Document) a very different read to The Murder Tree, and I really enjoyed it. I tend to read historical fiction or flashy modern crime, and I thought it was a really good blend of looking at the history of the Titanic story as well as a more modern political thriller. What surprised me was how little I actually knew of the Titanic story, and I found myself googling things and educating myself alongside the story. Another thing that I really appreciated was how it lived inside the same fictional universe as The Murder Tree, but wasn't a sequel. It's not something that I have encountered very often actually, where a more minor character in one book then goes on to take a more major role in another. It's a nice trick.
by Robin Crawshaw, Reading Development Manager, Lancashire Libraries
I blame the BBC he said.
Listening to the radio as a kid, it fermented my imagination. Then as soon as I got into theatre at the age of twenty, my first director was playing a central character in Radio 4' s The Archers! So I just HAD to start writing dialogue, and it went on from there.
Alan Veale's reasons for becoming a writer are immersed in the theatre. That radio actor/director in The Archers was the late Colin Skipp (Tony Archer), who became both an acting mentor and a life-long friend. Colin suggested Alan try writing scripts for the BBC, but the idea didn't appeal. Instead Alan enjoyed around thirty years performing in leading roles onstage, as well as writing for amateur performance. But one inspiration for a script never made it to the theatre, and it wasn't until Alan tried his hand at turning his idea into a novel that The Murder Tree proved he had a wider writing skill than he realised.
While still performing professionally when the occasion allows, Alan has continued to self-publish. His second (non-fiction) book A Kangaroo In My Sideboard is a personal memoir, written in his mother's voice, and covers the family's experience migrating to Australia in 1949.
Now Alan has returned to fiction with his second thriller The Titanic Document. Inspired by a new theory on the reasons behind the 1912 tragedy, and by recent political scandals in the UK, it has several of the characters first introduced in The Murder Tree, while following a darker theme that is definitely for adults only.
Aside from books, Alan co-writes comedy sketches for podcasts performed by The Red Rose Tattoo with long-time friend Peter Franksson.