The Eighth Child
Alan Brading witnesses the shooting of his French-born wife in a London street. The police seem to think it is a mistaken terrorist attack. When he recovers from the mental problems caused by the shock, he travels to her home-town in the Loire Valley to try to find the murderer, whom he has seen there. However the local people in Chalons are hostile to his enquiries. Only his wife’s younger sister, Jeanette, is willing to help him uncover what happened forty years ago. Together they risk their lives in their pursuit of the truth.
The Mafia Emblem
Ben Cartwright is flying to Naples on a desperate mission. Sitting beside him is a glamorous American he doesn't know, who introduces herself as Donna.
His last minute flight is the day after the murder of his Italian business partner and the threat he has received to take his business away from him.
Ahead of him, on his innocent rush to "sort things out", are his partner´s sister (who hates him), a mafia vendetta between two related families and an evil, mythical figure - the Wolf of Hades.
Dancing with Spies
Caroline Daley is travelling down the Adriatic on a ferry which breaks down and has to limp into the port of Dubrovnik. However the Yugoslav Civil War is in progress and the beautiful city is under siege from the Serb-led JNA. She becomes caught up in the seething web of violence and espionage among the ancient buildings. Her only hope of escape seems to be to put her trust the arrogant journalist, Ralph Henderson. And are they all in danger? Surely the JNA won´t open fire on the World Heritage Site, will they?
The Secret of the Cathars
Philip Sinclair is bequeathed the unusual legacy of the journal of a long-dead Cathar parfait by his grandmother, together with the request to go to the chateau of Le Bezu in the French Pyrenees to search for the mysterious treasure of the Cathars. There he meets famous French archaeologist Jacqueline Blontard who is carrying out researches for her next TV series. Together they start looking, unaware that they are being followed by representatives from the Catholic Church, a mysterious powerful body in Paris and a group of criminals from Marseilles. Nobody can foresee what their search will unearth.
The Templar legacy
This is the sequel to The Secret of the Cathars. Philip returns from a short visit to England to find that Jackie has disappeared. His searches for her lead him, despite considerable personal danger, to Paris and the fascinating little town of Rennes le Chateau, near Carcassonne. He also inadvertently discovers the first clues about the remains left by the Templars when they were wiped out by King Philip II. When Jackie appears again they follow the route started by Philip until they come across the sensational legacy left to the world by the Templars.
Andrew Denbury owns a company called Gyroflow. He is summoned to his bank one morning and told they are calling in the overdraft on which his business runs. He must repay nearly two hundred thousand pounds within twenty-four hours. Because he has signed a debenture, he has given the bank the power to appoint a receiver if he does not instantly pay back the money. The overdraft has been used to pay for materials, equipment and wages to produce hydraulic pumps which he is selling to customers who will take two or three months to honour the invoices he has rendered to them, so there is no hope of him having the cash to immediately settle the loan.
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I am Michael Hillier – Author.
I have enjoyed creative writing throughout the whole of my life – short stories, drama, non-fiction, even some poetry. However my favourite type of writing is the fiction novel. There I can create fascinating characters and place them in challenging situations that they have to fight to get out of.
I get the inspiration for many of my books from family holidays to various beautiful locations in the world. Exploring historic towns and buildings has brought to light a host of untold stories and gets my creative juices flowing.
I have completed twelve novels to date and there are several others which are partly written. Eight of the novels have been published and are for sale on various sites, including Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble (Nook), Kobo and Tolino. The most popular novel to date is The Secret of the Cathars which has sold substantially more than ten thousand copies.
I have split my novels into three groups – detective novels, a three-volume historical saga, and the Adventure/Mystery/ Romance series. This latter is explained in detail later in the website and it is the one I will be concentrating on more than the others in the next few months.
I have recently moved back to the UK from Spain after living there for fourteen years. I was born in Hampshire but lived most of my formative years in South Devon before moving up-country to further my career. I qualified as a Chartered Builder, setting up and running three businesses before retiring.
What is the Adventure, Mystery, Romance Series of novels?
When I was much younger there were a number of famous authors whose books I loved to read. I used to anxiously scan the book shops (of which there were a lot more in those days) for news that each of their latest books had just been published so that I could get them at the earliest opportunity. There were quite a few of them, but my favourites among these authors were:-
Their novels often took the reader to faraway places. The hero or heroine was usually a fairly normal everyday person trying to lead a normal life and earn enough money to keep their head above water. They weren´t the impossible James Bond type of person who would naturally beat everyone else who they came up against. And usually there was a potential amorous partner there with whom they would walk happily off into the sunset with when they had triumphed over the bad guys.
This may sound boring but the authors managed to bring enough variety into the settings, the different conditions, the complexity of the plots and the interest in the characters to make each read a pleasure. Of course some of the books were better than others and some you wouldn´t choose to read again. But generally you got enough enjoyment from the read to remain faithful to the writer and want to try his next publication.
Nowadays it seems to me that all the interest is in series where the same main character confronts a number of different obstacles and wins out in each book. I am not denigrating this kind of authorship. I´m sure many of the books are very well written and deserve to be successes. But, to my mind, they do not have the same variety of characters or the satisfying conclusion to the story which I like to read about. I also feel the suspension of belief in the reader is more difficult in those series.
So what I am attempting to do is to return to the type of novels which Hammond Innes and Desmond Bagley and the others wrote, although of course with a more modern twist. The plots are set in more modern conflicts. The characters are (I hope) more up to date. The romance element is more descriptive. And I try to make the conclusions less foreseeable – although I accept that I will not succeed with all readers.
That is why, to satisfy the modern requirement for books to be grouped in a series, I have decided to create the Adventure, Mystery, Romance (AMR) Series although the same main characters do not usually appear in all the books (an exception is The Secret of the Cathars and The Templar Legacy) and the plots vary greatly.
A number of you have asked how I got into writing – This is not a simple question to answer for me because my writing is varied and not easily classified or catalogued. I spent my early and teenage years in South Devon and this has provided a source for much of my writing, especially […]
Today I am relaunching Dancing with Spies. This is a completely revised and re-edited edition of the novel first published in 2011. The novel is entirely a work of fiction and doesn´t set out to portray anything which actually happened in and around Dubrovnik in autumn 1991 at the start of the Yugoslav Civil War. […]
Hello from the Isle of Wight where autumn has come in with a splash. A large number of birds are visiting the Yar estuary on their way south to their winter habitats. The wet weather has delayed the turning colour of the deciduous trees and the resulting fall of leaves. The grass is a bright […]