Art as well as novels

My regular followers will know all about my novels but I also hold a Master’s degree in fine art and I reproduce here two examples of my work. Above is a pen and ink sketch called ‘The Guitarist’ and below is a painting I used for my 2015 Christmas card. It was the first and ever since I have created a painting which is used to create a limited edition print of 60 each year.

I will give anotrher two examples tomorrow. Enjoy!!

Naomi in retrospect

For fans of Naomi, there are now two novels and one short story in which she is the primary character. The first has just been re-edited, updated and renamed as Pursued by Shadows which I talked about in my last post. The second, Kill Joy, is the most recent in which Naomi in which Naomi sets out to find what has happened to children’s author Joy Davis who mysteriously disappeared after her car crashes during a snowstorm on the outskirts of Liverpool. Has she simply escaped her cheating and wasteful husband Jon or has something more menacing happened? Could her disappearance be linked to her writing which has moved in a new, darker, direction, following her interest in the story of a convicted serial killer? Or has she simply decided to disappear like Agatha Christie?

Naomi decides to investigate and discovers that Joy’s disappearance is more menacing and leads her and journalist Sandra Parry into uncovering a conspiracy involving murder, intrigue and trafficking.

But Joy isn’t dead despite an attempt to murder her and she eventually tells of her ordeal and how she survived. She carefully plans her revenge to bring her ‘murderer’ to justice.

I am in the process of writing a third Naomi story which should be4 available by Christmas.

The final tale is the short story in which Naomi makes her debut. The story can be read on this website.

Both Pursued by Shadows and Kill Joy are available on Amazon both as eBooks and paperbacks.

A new Naomi novel

A new Naomi novel is published today! It is called Pursued by Shadows and is the first full-length Naomi story in which she and a Canadian friend become involved in a plot to weaponize the weather.

Against a background of climate change and activists, Naomi and Alex find themselves the target of criminal gangs intend on finding files that show the American military are conducting dangerous experiments in a place called HAARP in Alaska.

The story is set in Alaska, Toronto, Snowdonia, Wales but mostly in Liverpool, England.

The story is available on Amazon both as an Ebook and paperback.

A city for stories

Most of my stories are set in the city of Liverpool in England. It is also the city I live in but despite that the city is ideal for setting a story in. Indeed, it is used by many film and TV companies as a location, including the latest Batman film. Liverpool city centre is often referred to in ‘quarters’ – and yes there’s more than four. Getting to know the neighbourhood quarters is a fab way to plan your day based on location. The city features the Georgian Quarter, Ropewalks, Chinatown, Baltic Triangle, St George’s Quarter, Waterfront, Cavern Quarter and the Knowledge Quarter and the Business quarter.

It is, however, most famous for its two football clubs, The highly successful Liverpool Football Club and the rather less successful Everton Football Club. And across the entire world, Liverpool is known for its huge contribution to music. It’s even picked up recognition from Guinness World Records as the world’s ‘Capital City of Pop’.

The Beatles is arguably the most successful band in history and was first formed in Liverpool in 1960. They’re still hugely celebrated there, and dozens of attractions are available for enthusiasts in the form of museums, plaques, and guided tours.

If you’re flying into Liverpool, you’ll probably be reminded of the huge impact that the band continues to have – its most popular airport was renamed John Lennon Airport in 2002.

Collectively known as Scousers, Liverpudlians or Liverpolitans, people from Liverpool are famous for their welcoming and inclusive attitude.

As a city that has so often been defined by its port, immigrants from every corner of the globe have often rubbed shoulders together for the first time here. It’s home to the oldest black community in the UK dating back to the early 1700s, and the oldest Chinese community in Europe. 

The result is a hugely multicultural bunch that are nevertheless bound by an unmistakable love of their city. A sense of pride and of being from Liverpool rather than from England is not uncommon among residents.

During the Second World War, Liverpool became victim to the worst series of air bombings in the whole of Britain. 

Even London did not sustain as much damage, with 200,000 out of 300,000 homes in Liverpool being damaged. 4,000 were killed, 10,000 were injured and 70,000 of the city’s inhabitants became homeless.

St Luke’s Church, or simply ‘The Bombed Out Church’, remains standing and has become an enduring symbol of this period. It also serves as a beacon of the resilience and spirit of the people. These days you can visit the church for music gigs, theatre performances, and food markets.

Liverpool is famous for being the origin of most of the Irish and English immigrants who left for America in the 1800s. During the industrial revolution, it also became the center of the world’s cotton trade and was famous for its high-quality fabrics.

The port served as a major hub for slave trading and is thought to have been the source of up to three-quarters of slaves sent to Europe by the end of the 18th Century. 

This grim feature of Liverpool’s history is commemorated in the present day at the International Slavery Museum at the Royal Albert Dock.

So, if you would like to visit the locations mentioned in my stories, you would be very welcome here.

A new Poseidon

The Poseidon Files has been completely edited, updated and retitled to Pursued by Shadows which more completely reflects the story. It is also the very first full Naomi Richards story so those of my readers who enjoyed the first Naomi short story, available here in my website.

The revised version is not available on Amazon just yet but the original is still there, both as an Ebook and paperback. And there me be abother Naomi short story on the way shortly. In the meantime, here is a synopsis of the story.

The first Naomi story . . . in brief

Two scientists discover that a top-secret installation in Alaska run by the American military, ostensibly conducting research into the upper atmosphere, is in fact developing technology that could transform the weather into a weapon of mass destruction and kill millions of people. They are horrified and decide to warn the world by copying vital classified files. But fate plays a decisive hand when the car they escape in plunges into a fast-moving river during a violent storm in freezing temperatures.

One of them, George Parry, survives and escapes pursuing military police believing his colleague, Keri Murdoch, is dead, managing to grab a microchip containing classified files before the car is swept down the river. Parry makes his way to Toronto and then on to Liverpool in the UK intending to give the files to the Press to warn the world of the potential dangers. But he is followed and murdered in a Liverpool hotel room but not before passing the microchip onto an unsuspecting woman during a psychic reading in an attempt to hide from his pursuers.

Artist and mystic Naomi Richards, 26, leads an uneventful life, enjoying the new-found freedom in bustling Liverpool that a divorce from a cheating husband has brought her. Naomi makes a precarious living from art and her psychic abilities and when Parry hides in a city centre pub and sits for a psychic reading with her, Naomi realises that he is frightened of something or someone sinister following him. He hands her a keyring as a token for the reading but before she can discover what he is scared of he runs out leaving a notebook and the keyring behind. Naomi is not to know that the secret microchip is contained in the keyring but because she was the last person to see Parry alive, she becomes a target.

In Toronto, private investigator Alex Nelson is hired by FBI station chief Gram Rogers to recover the files and she travels to Liverpool only to discover that Parry has been murdered and that the last person to see him alive was Naomi.

Celebrity climate change activist Myron Hill is a leading light in the Environment Rebellion protest movement who also hears rumours of the research in Alaska. He decides to investigate and discovers that secret files have been copied; files that prove how destructive it would be to the environment. But Hill is not who he appears to be, and he too has a secret.

FBI chief Gram Rogers encourages Alex to befriend Naomi believing her to have hidden the files, but Alex becomes a target for assassins herself when an attempt is made to poison her on the streets of Liverpool.

Naomi and Alex are pursued by both the Russian Mafia and the GRU who are keen to redeem themselves after the fiasco of the failed attempt to murder the Skripals in Salisbury but one of their number is found murdered in Naomi’s apartment. They flee to Snowdonia to stay with Naomi’s brother but there is an attempt to murder Naomi in the mists of mount Snowdon. But the supernatural takes a hand to save her.

They return to Liverpool where the final drama is played out on the streets of Liverpool where Naomi is abducted and held hostage by a criminal gang. The supernatural comes to her aid in a final confrontation which takes place in a notoriously haunted sunken cemetery that lies alongside Liverpool’s majestic Anglican cathedral in which the Mafia gang are killed.

Will the world be warned about HAARP? Is there a cover-up? The final chapters reveal that people and events are not what they seem.

A return to the 70s

Published today, my third novel A Walk on the Wilder side. Many readers may remember that it was serialised on my website over around six months but now, for those people who prefer not having to wait for chapters to be published, it is now available in paperback on Amazon. It is also available as an eBook.

The story briefly: It is 1970 and Keith Wilder is news editor for a press agency in Northwest Britain. It is a dark night in January when he receives a mysterious phone call asking him to go to a lonely, remote farm. He discovers the gruesome body of a man whose brains have been blown out by a shotgun.

The killing is the beginning of a series of events in which both Wilder and the police receive taunting, sneering notes predicting further murders. Shortly after, a notorious drug dealer is found dead on Liverpool’s Lime Street.

Meanwhile, Wilder’s teacher girlfriend, Amy Sunderland, is bent on unravelling the enigma of Keith’s father who vanished when he was born. Who was he? And has he re-appeared with a new identity? And if so why?

Read it for free!

My latest book, A Walk on the Wilder Side, is available as an Ebook FREE on Amazon until Thursday, so if you would like to read it, now is the time! Just go to Amazon and click on the link ASIN: B0B3V68FPH

The book is set in 1970 and centres around Keith Wilder who is newseditor of a press agency in the North of England. He inadvertently finds himself in the centre of a conspiracy.

Try a Walk on the Wilder Side

Mike Rickett’s third novel, A Walk on the Wilder Side is published today. It is a departure from the first two in that it is set in 1970 in St Helens, a town in Lancashire, UK, not far from Liverpool. It is the beginning of a decade of change when life was completely different.

It is also a semi-autobiographical story because that is how Mike began his journalistic career and many of the events actually happened and many of the people  were real, although names have been changed.

The central character is Keith Wilder, news editor for a press agency in the town and it is against this background on a dark, dismal, night in January when he receives a mysterious phone call asking him to go to lonely Bluebell farm on the outskirts of town. He discovers the body of a farmer who appears to have blown his brains out with a shotgun.

The killing is the beginning of a series of events in which both Wilder and the police receive taunting, sneering notes predicting that there will be further murders. Shortly after, a notorious drug dealer is found dead on Liverpool’s famous Lime Street. He too was murdered.

Despite that, life in a 1970 press agency goes on with characters like Richard Armitage, an older hack who has seen better days and Dot Sykes, a glamorous new recruit out to make a name for herself.

Meanwhile, Wilder’s teacher girlfriend, Amy Sunderland, is bent on unravelling the enigma of Keith’s father who vanished when he was born. Who was he? Why did he abandon Wilder and his mother? And has he re-appeared on Merseyside with a new identity?

In the meantime, a mysterious Mr Parker moves into the flat next to Amy. He appears to be stalking her in that he shows up wherever she is going. Then, one day, Amy returns to her flat to find that someone has left a message in lipstick on her dressing table mirror. It’s a heart with a knife going through it.

Wilder is also being stalked by a shadowy man wearing a trilby. An attempt to trap him fails and he escapes.

The police and Wilder decide to lay a trap for ‘Mr Trilby’. Dot Sykes volunteers to be a decoy and to impersonate Amy to lure the mysterious man to an ice rink, but the plan backfires and she is abducted.

Dot is held prisoner in a dingy room with iron bars on the windows. She hasn’t seen her captor’s face. She has no idea where she is.

Keith looks though his past stories and discovers a Howard Balmer whose business went bust after one of his stories exposed him. Is he ‘Mr Trilby?’

The following day Dot is confronted by ‘Mr Trilby’ who says she will shortly be recording a message for Wilder and that if she refuses, he will kill her. But Dot taps a message in Morse when she records it. Wilder and the police finally decode Dot’s Morse message and raid the house but ‘Mr Trilby’ escapes.

In a final climax ‘Mr Trilby’ tricks Keith into going to Bluebell Farm. When her gets there, he is threatened by a knife but is saved by Colin Parker, who shoots ‘Mr Trilby’ dead. It is then revealed ‘Mr Trilby’ is Howard Balmer. Keith leaves hospital and is met by Amy and Parker who reveals he is Keith’s father.

A paperback version will be published on September 1.

Naomi’s first story

A Naomi Richards story

Hello. I thought you might like to hear a rundown of the first story i was involved in… The Poseidon Files.

This is a story of two scientists who discover that a top-secret installation in Alaska run by the American military, ostensibly conducting research into the upper atmosphere, is in fact developing technology that could transform the weather into a weapon of mass destruction and kill millions of people.

   They are horrified and decide to warn the world by copying vital classified files. But fate plays a decisive hand when the car they escape in plunges into a fast-moving river during a violent storm in freezing temperatures.

   One of them, George Parry, survives and escapes pursuing military police believing his colleague, Keri Murdoch, is dead, managing to grab a microchip containing classified files before the car is swept down the river. Parry makes his way to Toronto and then on to Liverpool in the UK intending to give the files to the Press to warn the world of the potential dangers.

  But he is followed and murdered in a Liverpool hotel room but not before passing the microchip onto an unsuspecting woman during a psychic reading in an attempt to hide from his pursuers.

  This is where I come in. I am an artist and a mystic. I am 26, leading an uneventful life, enjoying the new-found freedom in bustling Liverpool that a divorce from a cheating husband has brought me.

   I make a precarious living from art and my psychic abilities and when Parry hides in a city centre pub and sits for a psychic reading with me, I realise he is frightened of something or someone sinister following him.

   He hands me a keyring as a token for the reading but before I can discover what he is scared of he runs out leaving a notebook and the keyring behind. I was not to know at the time that the secret microchip is contained in the keyring.

   Unbeknown to me though I have become a target because I am the last person to see Parry alive.

   In Toronto, private investigator Alex Nelson is hired by FBI station chief Gram Rogers to recover the files and she travels to Liverpool only to discover that Parry has been murdered and that the last person to see him alive was Naomi.

   Celebrity climate change activist Myron Hill is a leading light in the Environment Rebellion protest movement who also hears rumours of the research in Alaska. He decides to investigate and discovers that secret files have been copied; files that prove how destructive it would be to the environment. But Hill is not who he appears to be, and he too has a secret.

   FBI chief Gram Rogers encourages Alex to befriend me thinking I have hidden the files, but Alex becomes a target for assassins herself when an attempt is made to poison her on the streets of Liverpool.

   Alex and I are pursued by both the Russian Mafia and the GRU who are keen to redeem themselves after the fiasco of the failed attempt to murder the Skripals in Salisbury but one of their number is found murdered in Naomi’s apartment.

   Alex and I flee to Snowdonia to stay with my brother but there is an attempt to murder me in the mists of mount Snowdon. But I am saved when one of my spirit friends takes a hand and the would-be killer sees a horrifying image of himself in Hell.

   We move back to Liverpool where the final drama is played out on the streets of Liverpool where I am abducted and held hostage by a criminal gang. The supernatural in the form of Nancy my spirit guide comes to my aid in a final confrontation which takes place in a notoriously haunted sunken cemetery that lies alongside Liverpool’s majestic Anglican cathedral.

   The Mafia gang are killed in the cemetery by spirits who come to my aid.

Will the world be warned about HAARP? Is there a cover-up? The final chapters reveal that people and events are not what they seem.

   The Poseidon Files is available on Amazon as both an eBook and paperback. Ebook ASIN: B0892668HX and paperback ISBN: 9798647878892 and ASIN: B08BF14NWP