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The Filey Connection (Sanford Third Age Club Mystery #1)

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It’s summertime, and the Sanford 3rd Age Club are living it up in the seaside town of Filey. But the hot months don’t pass without problems for amateur sleuth, Joe Murray.

Was Nicola Leach’s death an accident or deliberate? Did Eddie Dobson fall into the sea or did he jump? What’s going on behind the innocent façade – and closed doors – of the Beachside Hotel? And who raide
Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published February 25th 2012 by Crooked Cat Publishing (first published May 8th 2011)
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Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Filey Connection is set in the fictional town of Sanford, West Yorkshire, and follows the adventures of Joe (who runs the Sanford Third Age Club), and his two employee/friends, Sheila and Brenda. The tale kicks off with a murder, always a good way to start crime novel, and Joe (an amateur sleuth) is on the case from the word go because the victim is a member of STAC.

The Sanford Third Age Club set off for a weekend in Filey and the mystery deepens as another club member disappears, believed t
Laurie Clayton
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joe Murray is the owner of the Lazy Luncheonette in the fictional Yorkshire town of Sanford. A self-confessed grumpy old sod, with pockets deeper than his short arms can reach and a mild case of `duck's arse disease', Joe has developed a reputation as a successful amateur detective.

Together with his closest friends and colleagues, Sheila Riley and Brenda Jump, Joe is also the chairman of The Sanford Third Age Club... where the more mature population of Sanford can enjoy growing old disgracefully
John Bainbridge
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent mystery and great fun

So glad I tried this as I'm now hooked on a new series. I loved the characters of Joe and his two engaging side-kicks and the premise of the Sanford Third Age Club is a really good idea. Plenty of scope for new locations and great to read about my age group reliving our youth and still having fun. I really enjoyed the author's humour which is just right - witty, true to life, yet doesn't detract from a serious murder mystery. The plot is excellent, far less predict
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A trip

I got I spy to read and enjoyed it so much, I went back and got all of them. He's cantankerous and a tightwad but smart and quick. I really like the way Robinson writes.
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it

Started off slow but improved as the story went along. The character development was pretty good. I liked the book enough to read the next book in the series.
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cosy kind of crime mystery story, The Filey Connection tells of the intrepid investigations of amateur sleuth Joe Murray, and his two friends, Sheila and Brenda, and is set in Sanford, a small fictional West Yorkshire town. Joe is the long-time owner of 'The Lazy Luncheonette', a popular cafe in the town, frequented by the locals and by staff from several nearby businesses. Joe keeps a very tight rein on all matters business and financial. He is also the chair of the 'Sanford Third Age Club', ...more
Nik Morton
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First in the Sanford Third Age Club (STAC) series of cosy crime novels, this was a pleasure to read. If you’ve enjoyed Simon Brett’s half-dozen Mrs Pargeter novels, then you’ll like these too.

Joe Murray, 55, a ‘short-arsed, crinkly-haired, bad-tempered old bugger’ with ‘muscles in places where people don’t know they have places’ owns and runs the Lazy Luncheonette café with the help of stalwarts Sheila and Brenda.

Joe has a bit of a reputation for private detection and prides himself on his dedu
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Filey Connection by David W Robinson

I had a lot of fun reading this book! The characters all seem like people you’ve met at some time, so real in speech, or in nature. Joe, the amateur detective, is an irascible guy who comes across as a man glad to be unattached…but actually, I found he gravitates well, and often, to enjoying the company of his two female side-kicks. D. W. Robinson has a really neat turn of vernacular phrasing in The Filey Connection, humorous and wittily scathing, that mad
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The publishers of this book, Crooked Cat, came recommended from a friend, and I liked the sound of this one so downloaded it. This is the first in a series around the characters of an over 50's social club in a town called Sanford in West Yorkshire and Joe Murray the chairman of the club is something of an amateur detective, so it does help that his niece is actually in the police force!

This book centres on one of the club members being run down and killed a couple of days before the club is du
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When one of the Sanford Third Age Club members appears to have committed suicide during a trip to Filey, amateur sleuth - the delightfully grumpy - Joe Murray, senses something more sinister might be afoot.

Aided by his trusty side kicks, Sheila Riley and Brenda Jump, Joe puts all his investigative powers to the test in order to figure out just what really did happen.

The Filey Connection is a terrific little murder mystery, filled with enough twist and turns to keep even the most ardent of myster
Maureen Vincent-Northam
The Filey Connection, being a crime mystery of the cosy variety is just up my street. The Sanford Third Age Club (STAC) – an assortment of middle-aged rockers, widows and divorcees – is run by cafe owner and amateur sleuth Joe Murray and his friends and colleagues, Sheila Riley and Brenda Jump.

The book opens as Nicola Leach, a member of STAC, is the victim of a hit and run and Joe suspects foul play. Someone seems overly eager to join the club’s weekend outing to the seaside town of Filey and w
Maureen Vincent-Northam
The Sanford Third Age Club are on a trip to Filey when one of their number, Eddie Roberts, disappears. When he's found dead, Joe Murray, the club's chairman, and his sidekicks, Sheila and Brenda, take it upon themselves to discover what happened.

A Death at the Seaside is a short book, ideal as a holiday read for anyone who loves whodunits or who are in need of a quick mystery fix. Good fun, packed with humour, clues and red herrings.

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LLona Cunningham
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe a little stiff in places, and a little long-winded for my taste, but still a true mystery with amateur sleuthing by a likable protagonist. Joe owns a café and serves as leader in a social club. When not 1 but 2 of the club's members are killed at the beginning of the club's annual vacation trip, our Joe becomes like a dog with a bone, chewing on it until he comes up with the desired result.
Kathy Sharp
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Accident or murder? The curmudgeonly Joe Murray works doggedly through the clues to reach the truth, against the unexpected backdrop of the British seaside in a heat wave. Down to earth writing and unrushed pace make this a very enjoyable read with a delightful Yorkshire flavour. Recommended.
Susan Moore
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all the STAC books and really enjoyed them all, they are all light and short read.
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A retired hypnotherapist and adult education teacher with a one-megaton sense of humour, David Robinson is a Yorkshireman from the outskirts of Manchester, northwest England, where he lives with his wife and a crazy Jack Russell Terrier named Joe (because he looks like a Joe).

He writes in several genres under different pseudonyms, but his mainstay is crime and mystery. He published several novels
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Sanford Third Age Club Mystery (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • A Halloween Homicide (STAC Mysteries 3)
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  • Murder at the Murder Mystery Weekend
  • My Deadly Valentine (STAC Mysteries 6)
  • The Chocolate Egg Murders
  • The Summer Wedding Murder
  • Costa del Murder
  • Christmas Crackers (#10 - Sanford Third Age Club Mystery)
  • Death in Distribution (Sanford Third Age Club Mystery. #11)

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