Martyn Chapman

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Martyn Chapman was conceived in South Wales and graduated in Marketing at the University of Central Lancashire.

His passion to write has always been a huge part of his personality, but like a petrified cross-dresser, he vowed to hide his shocking secret from family and friends. He hand-wrote an experimental novel in a student bedsit, his shame concealed behind a row of soggy pants that were strategically draped across a rickety old clothes horse. Yet concealing his depravity from an unsuspecting partner brought even darker periods of frantic deception. The terror of being discovered at his personal computer with a frozen screen, led to his subtle distraction of wearing obscure and decorative bonnets, but as fashions became blurre
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Hormones and Crumble

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There’s a slime of madness that lingers over the curious world of the storyteller. Like the huge mass of lost hours spent removing unwanted commas from draft manuscripts or agonizing over the use of words such as ‘too’ and ‘though’.

Additionally, there’s the bullring, that daunting place where you flash your bright red cape at the discerning and demanding readers. And on this occasio... Read more of this blog post »
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Sadly, despite what some people think, Casanova was not a fictional character – so, he’s out. Then, there’s the anarchic Holden Caulfield from the Catcher in the Rye – but I’m the wrong age for that now, excruciatingly uncool, and far too tired to... See Full Answer
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In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin
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One of the best of the Rebus series. Gritty, surprising, and my imagination and anticipation were dragged very appreciatively to the final paragraph.
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The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbø
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Intelligent crime writing with an interesting (if not disturbing) protagonist. Very impressive, although just occasionally, the overdrawn descriptions stifle the momentum of the plot.
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Rather Be the Devil by Ian Rankin
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Welcoming, pleasurable, biting. Time spent with Rebus is like stroking a neighbour’s cat.
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Killing Floor by Lee Child
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The first Jack Reacher book of the series. I had to indulge myself and wasn’t disappointed.
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Rather Be the Devil by Ian Rankin
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Welcoming, pleasurable, biting. Time spent with Rebus is like stroking a neighbour’s cat.
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Remarkable. The originality and inspired imagination of the story place this book on a pedestal. You can search long and hard to find a novel that is so clever and enlivening. Yes, some readers may be bemused at first or need time to discover the pul ...more
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Dark Winter by David  Mark
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A very accomplished and entertaining debut. This first story of a series, is well-written and introduces an intriguing and very likable protagonist. Although I prefer a more balanced and down-to-earth detective story, I fully appreciate that a new au ...more
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