Return of the British Detectives: Parrot & Sweeney Published by Outskirts Press

Alan Roberts’ new trilogy of complex murder mysteries features plots that are delightfully surprising and humor that is eccentrically British set within a pithy film noir atmosphere that hints at far more than what lurks in just the surface shadows.

Naples, FL, March 21, 2012 --( Veteran English mystery author Alan Roberts announced today the release of Parrot & Sweeney, published by Outskirts Press. Roberts’ newest collection of whodunits follows smoothly in the tradition of English detective mysteries and takes the recently promoted Detective Chief Superintendent Georg Parrot and Detective Inspector Daniel Sweeney through three suspenseful romps that include kidnapping, blackmail and at least one bizarre murder.

“Dark Justice,” “Reckoning for a Harpy” and “The Banker’s Payoff” make up this trilogy of original whodunits featuring Roberts’ two detectives Parrot and Sweeney. In the first, they set forth in an attempt to unravel a kidnapping that is anything but straightforward. Then they must solve the brutal murder of a famed society hostess. In the final story they are at first quite stymied by the shooting of a retired merchant banker.

An excerpt of the opening of “Dark Justice” illustrates how well Roberts continues to capture the essence of this continuously popular genre:

"The well-dressed man cut a strange figure as he stood almost motionless in the derelict shop doorway on a bitterly cold and windy December morning. As he turned up the collar on his expensive overcoat, his somber eyes moved impassively across the graffiti covered high rise block in the rundown North London neighborhood.

"He stubbed out the remains of a small Cuban cigar, slipped a twenty pound note into the pocket of the sleeping vagrant, who for twenty minutes had been his sole companion, and then crossed the litter filled street and slowly climbed the stairs to a shabby third floor apartment.

"An attractive woman with long blonde hair and piercing blue eyes immediately answered his knock. He knew her to be in her late forties, but his immediate thought on seeing her was that she could easily pass for someone ten to fifteen years younger.

"She stood before him, glaring menacingly for a second, before saying, ‘You’ve got five minutes.’"

Parrot & Sweeney is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white ISBN: 978-0-9827550-8-2 SRP: $15.95
6.14 x 9.21 hardback with jacket 978-0-9827550-9-9 $25.95
Kindle $ 7.99
e-Book $ 5.00
Genre: Fiction/crime/mystery and detective

About the author:

Alan Roberts was born in the East end of London a few years after the end of the second world war. He grew up enthralled with mysteries and the film noir cinema of the 1940’s and 1950’s. His earliest reading included the novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, and American detective Ellery Queen. After a thirty year career in the banking industry in the City of London he retired ten years ago. In 2003 he moved to New York with his wife Yvonne, before relocating to Naples Florida in 2009. He has a son, Oliver, and a grandson Jakob who live in Lithgow Australia. Detective thrillers set in the countryside are immensely popular in the UK, and that probably has something to do with grisly deeds taking place against a backdrop of natural beauty. The formula has worked for eighty years or so and continues to thrive.

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