A DI Crosier murder mystery – win a free copy

When Railway Detective Inspector Crosier finished his work for the day – not that DI’s are ever really off duty – he would often drop in at the Crewe Arms Hotel, for a tipple – yes, I’ve heard them all before. On his way he’d stop to admire the view from the road bridge over Crewe station, especially if there was a steam train on the move.

Straight ahead, you can see the West Coast Main Line route to Scotland. Crosier will have to travel this line a few times, taking with him his attractive assistant Sergeant Claire Cardin, of course and who really fancies him, in his search for the killers.

If he’d slipped out for a late lunch on a summer Saturday, he may have bumped into the man who took this photograph, Mr Ben Brooksbank, and seen this train winding its way across the points to platform 6. It’s the 13.20 Llandudno Summer Saturday express returning to Derby, coming off the Chester line, headed by LMS ‘Jubilee’ 6P 4-6-0 No. 45700 ‘Amethyst’ piloting Stanier black 5 4-6-0 45026.

Crosier loved steam trains but as this picture taken on 19 July 1958 shows, you can see the masts are already being erected for electrification. The first service commenced to Manchester – the line to the right – 18 months later. Dozens of train-spotters crowd the end of Platform 4 – in the days when trains were interesting.

Now here is your chance to win a free copy of my murder mystery.

There’s a unique relationship between the Crewe Arms Hotel and Crewe railway station. I’m offering the first 3 people who sign up to my blog and post what it is, a free copy of my murder mystery novel. The novel is not available yet, but it will be worth your while waiting – well that’s what Crosier says. Follow this blog for further news and five more chances, over the coming months, to win a free copy.




Thanks from, My Thai Eye

A stonking great thank you, to everyone who bought a copy of my eBook, My Thai Eye. If you haven’t got round to it yet, here’s a reminder of where you can track it down and remember, you don’t have to have an eReader to see it! Smashwords have it in all formats.

My Thai Eye is available as an eBook in 32 countries! You can track a copy down from these stores: Smashwords, where I receive the largest royalty; Amazon UK, or in FranceGermanySpainItaly & the USAWH SmithBarnes & NobleKobo and you can read it on your iPhone & iPad via Apple.

Your contribution will help the children’s libraries which were badly damaged in the Thai floods last year.

Interested in my book developments? Take a peek at my website.

Thanks again,


Ebook Publishing Quick Reference Give-away by Gary McLaren

Even if you have published an eBook, here’s a quick reference guide packed full of useful data. If you are an Indie thinking of publishing your book as an eBook then this guide answers a lot of questions have may have.

And the good news is = it’s  Free  until 15th March 2012

Go to http://www.publishyourownebooks.com/ebook-publishing-quick-ref// to learn more. Here’s some of the categories

Happy reading,

Edwin Tipple


Hunting for the literary agent

Tomorrow, I’ll be sending out my first three chapters of my murder mystery novel to a number of UK agents who I think might, no must, be interested. The day after I’ll sit back and begin to fret no doubt whether I composed a good introductory letter, compiled a brilliant succinct synopsis and, of course, did I cross all the i’s and dot the t’s in my sample manuscript? Then I’ll begin to wonder if I selected the appropriate agents to consider my work and if I did, will they like it. Next will come, when shall I hear I’ve been rejected?

The first chapters had been reviewed by the Writers’ Workshop last year. Since then, I have turned a lot of the novel on its head, written the MC in the first person and viewed the rail crash through the eyes of a survivor.

Rail crash, what rail crash?

Ah, should I have told you that?

Well OK, the novel involves the worst rail disaster to have happened in England, when 112 died and 340 were injured, and that’s all I’m giving away at this time. The chances of getting it published are about 1:1000. The chances of getting it published for the 60th anniversary of the crash by the traditional route, are even smaller. Time will tell, and you’ll be the second to know about it if it happens, if you sign up to my blog – see below. Of course it will happen – think positive, man.

Those first critical chapters have been tweaked countless times by me before going out to my beta-readers. Amazed at what they picked up on, I incorporated changes, added more detail, took some out, adjusted some characters – poor Lorna’s eye-colour went from black to brown and have ended up blue –  and I corrected punctuation and tense. Then I tweaked it another 50 times! WW call it ‘polishing’.

So, it should be word perfect and make absolutely addictive reading, for everyone and their dog. As I said earlier, time will tell.

Edwin Tipple

with thanks to Writer’s Workshop on letter & synopsis guidance. For more information about that, see http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/Get-literary-agent.html

and you can sign up for my blog here at http://www.edwintipple.wordpress.com to see how it all works out. Go on, I promise not to blog rubbish.


Author in the making

February 2012

You’ve no doubt had someone say to you, ‘you should write a book.’ Several people said that to me over the last ten years. Flattered, well yes! The only problem was what to write about? I hated English classes at school – hated school generally to be honest. I’d probably forgotten more than I ever knew about grammar, tense and punctuation. I could do verbs, nouns and adjectives I thought, but a participle? That only provided an degree of mirth; my dad’s name being Percy Tipple. I rarely read anything other than car maintenance manuals, or electronics magazines or articles connected with work.

So what happened? Why do I want to write now? For starters, I’ve read lots of books over the last twenty years and enjoyed them. The more I read, the more I wanted to read. I knew which authors left me cold and those who worked for me, eager to read their latest. Visit http://www.edwintipple.com/contactlinks.html to see my favourite authors.

When I retired three years ago, we spent a lot of time in Thailand, especially over the winters. I began to write short articles about living here mainly for the benefit of those back home: perhaps to reassure them that we were alright living in Asia. Those early scrawlings were loaded with errors; all the things I’d forgotten about. But I enjoyed doing them.

In January I self-published them – without the errors – as a short e-book on Smashwords and Amazon, under the title of My Thai Eye, a wry look at things Thai. And they’re selling, not in vast numbers – I didn’t expect they would – but selling. I  did this for a number of reasons;

  • It would raise some money for Thai flood relief: I have chosen a book library Plan for Kids a childrens’ charity. Seemed fitting as so many were destroyed,
  • It would help to get my name ‘out there’,
  • I would gain experience at placing my own work in e-book stores and to learn how it all worked.

But My Thai Eye is done with now, apart from the marketing, such as this – which I think I’ll enjoy – and checking from time to time to see how sales are going – which I might not. As part of my marketing, I designed & built my own website – and the cover for My Thai Eye – so gradually I’m learning quite a lot about more about publishing. I haven’t done this alone and want to thank all of the Clouders at The Writers’ Workshop – the best on-line community for new writers – and their editors who nicely but firmly pointed me in the right direction. Plus David Gaughran – you should visit his site Let’s Get Digital if you want to e-pub, where he passes on his experiences.

So, what now? What to write about next? Two years ago I had no idea. Then one balmy evening, I had that eureka moment. I knew what my first novel would be about. And I’ll tell you all about it over the coming months.

Edwin Tipple edwintipple.com

February 2555 in Thailand

2012 elsewhere