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THE WRECK OF THE MARGHERITA - a Danny Lancaster crime thriller

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26 Dec 2012, 03:09 PM
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Happy Christmas to all new ereader owners. If you’re looking for an exciting crime thriller to download here is the outline of my first Danny Lancaster novel THE WRECK OF THE MARGHERITA

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. The story blend action, humour and fiery relationships. Reviewers have drawn very flattering comparisons with Lee Child, Alistair Maclean and Guy Ritchie’s movies.

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Danny Lancaster – former paratrooper turned private investigator – must find the lethal cargo that was hidden in a shipwrecked container if he is to uncover the conspiracy of gangsters and crooked politicians that cost Aqualung his life.
Emma is tormented by an urgent secret. Minty is in danger. Her sister Claire has her own agenda. Skidmarks’s business is about to go bust. And Wanda worries if Bob is strong enough for the task he has set himself.
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Danny Lancaster, wounded Afghanistan veteran, widowed father of two, private investigator

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18 Jan 2013, 03:28 PM
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I’m really pleased with this latest review of my Danny Lancaster crime thriller The Wreck Of The Margherita

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“This is Bill Todd's first book, intended to begin a quartet of stories about a disabled Afghan veteran, Danny Lancaster, who dreams of becoming a detective. He has no training for the task but, instinctively he feels he can do it and sets out to prove it to his dysfunctional friends and family. Bill Todd is an old newsman and an accomplished wordsmith. His characters have a gritty realism about them and yet evoke our sympathy. I found the story line a bit complex in the first few pages but, once I had got the hang of it, I was enthralled by the twists and turns of this action-packed drama. A very good read. I shall buy the next in the series.”
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08 Feb 2013, 04:40 PM
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I’m really delighted with the latest review for The Wreck Of The Margherita:
“The book met and exceeded my expectations as did his second book, Death Squad. I look forward to more Danny Lancaster in the future.”
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28 Mar 2013, 02:10 PM
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I couldn’t have a better Easter present than this wonderful new review for The Wreck Of the Margherita

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. I love writing and it’s the icing on the cake when someone really enjoys reading the result. The reviewer said:

“More than just a crime thriller - my favourite part was how evocative it is about Brighton and the surrounding areas, where the story is set. You feel you're there ... especially in the seedy pubs! It's a complicated plot, full of all sorts of colourful detail, and very satisfying because of it. Much enjoyed!”

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is available as an ebook and paperback. My second Danny Lancaster crime thriller - Death Squad

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- is out as an ebook and will be in paperback in April. Danny returns when his third investigation is published in June.

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04 Apr 2013, 05:39 PM
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This fantastic independent review of THE WRECK OF THE MARGHERITA

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appeared today on the Crimepieces blogsite. I am really, really chuffed.
Review: Bill Todd - The Wreck of the Margherita
April 4, 2013 by Sarah Ward

The Wreck Of The Margherita is by travel journalist Bill Todd who has written a modern tale of corruption and violence. The cargo ship Margherita is wrecked in the English channel and former soldier Danny Lancaster decides to descend onto the beach with his mates and pick up some of the loot. This, naturally, leads to the discovery to more than the assortment of white goods he was hoping for. Danny also has aspirations to become a detective and takes up various assignments, most of which lead him into Brighton’s underbelly and in the sight of those who wish to protect their own interests.
Danny Lancaster is a very likeable central protagonist. An ex-paratrooper, his wife is dead and he lost his leg while fighting in Afghanistan. He struggles to remain in touch with his kids and is attempting to look after his dying mother while earning a living as an investigator. I think that Todd got the character of Danny spot-on. Although yearning for his wife, he nevertheless is on the look-out for casual encounters. Some of the sex scenes are fairly frank by crime fiction standards but entirely in keeping with what I would expect from a person with Danny’s background. The other characters fit in well with the brutal and amoral oeuvre that Danny has to negotiate, and very few people are completely good, although many are clearly evil.
The Brighton location works well. The city is a strange mix of genteel, trendy and seedy and all aspects are represented in this book. You can’t read a thriller set in the city without making comparisons to Greene’s Brighton Rock. The world, in fact, isn’t a million miles away from that of Pinkie and his gang and clearly Brighton has always been a magnet for the dispossessed and violent.
It was a very enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a realistic slice of violent criminal activity. It isn’t a sub-genre that I read often, but when it is well written like this one, it’s worth moving out of your comfort zone.
Thanks to the author who sent me a copy of the book. I purchased that second book in the series Death Squad

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and hope to review that sometime on the blog.

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21 Jun 2013, 02:13 PM
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Sleepless nights as I put the finishing touches to the launch of my third Danny Lancaster crime thriller - ROUGH DIAMOND - out next week.

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17 Oct 2014, 04:53 PM
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When a conspiracy of criminals and politicians goes bad, some win, some lose. And some will die. Only one man can find the truth.
Sir Charles Wolfram - Entrepreneur, politician. More ego than talent.
Emma Fletcher - She has taken a lover while her husband is in prison.
Benny - Emma’s husband, a thief dogged by bad luck and stupidity.
Pauline Myers - No-nonsense detective sergeant.
Dean McKeown - Crime boss Big Eddie Archer’s steroid-powered right arm.
Skidmarks - Boss of a failing minicab and car repair business.
Minty Marshall – Lapdancer, companion to Big Eddie Archer.
Sudoku Wally - Grumpy regular at The Bellerophon pub.
Danny Lancaster - Ex-soldier, widowed father-of-two, private detective.
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21 Feb 2015, 07:49 PM
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Here’s an extract from my Danny Lancaster crime thriller The Wreck Of the Margherita:
Margaret returned wearing a pale dressing gown loosely tied and carrying a delicate cup and saucer. A small spoon tinkled against the china as she put it on the bedside table. She sat on the edge of the mattress and looked at him, apparently unable to tear her eyes away.
“Are you all right?” she asked.
“Me? Fine. Why wouldn’t I be?”
Margaret shook her head. “I just wondered. I was afraid you might be … embarrassed.”
“You’re an attractive woman.”
“Old enough to be your mother.”
Danny blinked and said nothing. Margaret avoided his gaze.
“I just wanted to say...” Her voice cracked and she started again. “I don’t make a habit of this sort of thing but I wanted to say that I’m grateful. It’s been a long time.”
“The way I remember it, I’ve got a fair bit to be grateful for as well,” said Danny.

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27 Feb 2015, 08:31 PM
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Here’s another extract from my Danny Lancaster crime thriller The Wreck Of the Margherita:
It had been a while but Danny liked to study the countryside as he ran. Sometimes he saw hills, valleys, footpaths trodden by generations of feet and ancient clusters of rugged trees that had stood as centuries of history passed beneath the wide reach of their gnarled branches. Sometimes a rabbit would streak across a frosted winter field or rustle through new spring undergrowth.
And there were other days when he saw fields of fire, kill zones and dead ground as his eyes read the texture of the terrain and his mind plotted the best way to fire and manoeuvre across its curves and folds, to close with the enemy and kill them.
Sometimes when it was windy he thought he heard the sounds of boots all around him, thundering along in unison.

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