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DEAD & TALKING 95%+ 5 star reviews

THE PORTER AND THE GLISS BOOKS

You have to feel sorry for Porter Norton – he’s cursed with the gift of being able to hear and see the last words of the dead – if he’s near their remains. He’s plagued by a sarcastic spirit guide and lumbered with a group of oddball friends as he tries to solve historical crimes to atone for all the suicides in his family.

Book 1 – Dead & Talking sees Porter, The Gliss, and the gang, set out to solve the riddle of a World War 1 private executed for spying. 

Book 2 – Miniskirts are Murder sees them trying to solve the mystery of a young actress who disappeared in Soho in the mid-Sixties. 

Book 3 – out in the first quarter of 2022 – Bury Your Head – sees the gang in Dallas, trying to find a new angle on the JFK assassination. 

All are available in hardback, paperback and digital. Dead & Talking is coming out on Audible in early 2022, read by Tim Goodman.

 

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Des is a former journalist for The Times of London and a producer/director for the BBC, ITV and Ch4. He is a composer and musician and founded the Young Directors Film School. He has just published his first novel, Dead & Talking. Available on Amazon now.

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If you must know more about this sinister looking chap, click on his photo. But I warn you, neither his photo or biography are a pretty sight!

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WHAT’S HAPPENING?

I gave a talk on getting out of a creative rut last week for Hackney Council.  Was great to teach memory techniques AND Save the Cat beat sheets to one group, in one session.

I love giving inspirational talks about creativity and my work in the media. Email me if you need anyone to give a talk

 We had the AMAZING Des Burkinshaw along for our latest Things to make you think! speaker event last week. Des gave us hugely helpful tips and examples of how to get out of a creative rut.

 

                     Astrid Keogh – OD Manager, Hackney Council

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“His deftly penned descriptions evoked sharp visuals, which were often outrageously comical, although a few gave my delicate intestines a queasy churn. This deviously clever scribe cast his tale with an unending group of peculiar characters who were each perceptively drawn with their own quirky traits and unique histories, while also realistically delineated with recognizable and mind-tickling human foibles which often led to humorous encounters, and delightfully amusing observations and inner musings. I had four pages of favorite quotes and notes highlighted and have gleefully added his name to my list of talents to watch and hope I am paying attention when his next missive is given wings.”

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“The characterisation is wonderful.  Porter feels like a cross between Bertie Wooster and Sir Peter Wimsey initially, but soon develops his own idiosyncratic personality and becomes a great main character.  He shares that billing though, because it doesn’t take long for what I initially classed as ‘side character’ – The Gliss, Feng, Namita and Karin – to find their slots alongside Porter, with just as much interest and empathy generated by their exploits.

Dead and Talking is absolutely top notch paranormal mystery fiction, with plenty of depth and humour and a fascinating cast.  Definitely one for my personal favourite pile, and I will be eagerly awaiting the next in what I hope will be a long-running series! “

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“Dead & Talking is a tricky book to categorise. Part ghost story, part thriller, part historical fiction, and part dark comedy, this really is a book that will appeal to everyone.

Although the book does tackle the dark subjects of depression, suicide and the horrors of World War One, and does so sensitively, it also does so with a wonderful dry humour throughout. My heart broke for Max and Harry as their war story was slowly revealed to Porter and his friends, but the very next page I found I was chuckling to myself at Porter’s relationship with The Gliss (the “The” being very important!).

I sat down the other night thinking, “I’ll just finish off that book before I go to bed,” and then being really disappointed when I remembered that I had finished it the previous evening. I am really looking forward to the next Porter and The Gliss adventure.”

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