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When Steve Higgs wrote his debut novel, Paranormal Nonsense, he was a captain in the British Army. He would like to pretend that he had one of those careers that must be blacked out and generally denied by the government, and that he has to change his name and move constantly because he is still on the watch list in several countries. In truth, though, he started out as a mechanic - not like Jason Statham in the film by that name, sneaking around as a hitman, but more like one of those sleazy guys who charges a fortune and keeps your car for a week even though the only thing you went in for was a squeaky door hinge.
At school, he was largely disinterested in all subjects except creative writing, for which he won his first prize at the age of ten. However, calling it the first prize he won suggests that there were other prizes, which is not the case. Awards may yet come, but in the meantime, he enjoys writing mystery and thriller novels and claims to have more than a hundred books forming a restless queue in his mind because they are desperate to be written.
Now retired from the military, he lives in southeast England with a duo of lazy sausage dogs. Surrounded by rolling hills, brooding castles, and vineyards, he doubts he'll ever leave, the beer is just too good.
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A murder staged to look like a suicide fools everyone except Albert Smith. He knows better. In Lyme Regis with his faithful dog, the victim invited him to visit the seaside resort. Now he’s dead and Albert wants to know why.
But when the trail of clues leads Albert into a darkened courtyard, Rex finds himself left to investigate alone and all too soon a second body is discovered. Is there a killer out there? Or are the suicides just poorly timed?
In a deadly race to the finish, Albert knows he may have to sacrifice himself to save the next victim and Rex must risk everything to save Albert.
In a battle high on the cliffs above the Jurassic Coast, does that leave anyone to save Rex?
One final roll of the dice, that’s all Albert and Rex wanted. Maybe they ought to have gone straight home.
She’s not a detective after all.
But how can she?
When Felicity Philips receives a panicked call from an old friend, there simply isn’t a way that she can turn him down.
Edward, the jeweller to the crown, is in deep trouble and he cannot tell the police. His terrible truth must be kept secret.
But what is his motivation for calling Felicity? Does he really believe she is the only one who can help? Or are his motivations more personal and dark than he is letting on?
With her usual cast of supporting misfits, Felicity is going to see what she can do …
… but when she uncovers the truth, will she be able survive it?
Following a trail of clues to a sleepy seaside village in the southwest corner of England, retired police detective, Albert Smith, aims to prove his theory of a master criminal by catching the ‘Gastrothief’s’ agents red-handed.
With trusted former police dog, Rex Harrison at his side, the crime-busting duo know precisely who and what to look for.
However, beneath the narrow streets of the picturesque resort a far more sinister plot is being hatched and if Albert were to look over his shoulder, he might notice a set of eyes lurking in his shadow.
He is being hunted.
To the backdrop of a cider and pasty festival, man and dog must risk it all save that which makes Britain great.
Baking. It can get a guy killed.
Albert Smith and his faithful dog, Rex Harrison, have been on the road for far longer than they ever expected, but they can’t go home yet.
Not until they solve one final case.
Following a near-invisible breadcrumb trail of clues to find a character they know only as ‘The Gastrothief’, the man and dog duo find themselves in a remote village on the Welsh coast. Miles from home and without a friend in sight, do they really stand a chance against this invisible enemy and his merciless agents?
Of course they don’t. But in their darkest hours and against their greatest challenge, maybe, just maybe, one old man and his dog can prove good will always triumph …
If you like twisty, exciting mysteries, and stories involving dogs, you cannot afford to pass this series by.
When the chef tipped to win this year’s annual Eton Mess competition falls to his death in mysterious circumstances, Albert races to investigate - surely this is the work of the Gastrothief again.
However, Albert barely makes it out of the train station before his detective’s brain sees something most other people would never spot – a crime is about to take place and there’s no way he can ignore it.
Instantly shackled with a new problem, Albert attempts to solve both cases simultaneously, but is he up to the task?
It’s a good thing he has trusted partner Rex Harrison, the oversized former police dog, ready to lend a paw because this time he’s going to need all the help he can get.
New sidekicks to meet, new dishes to taste, and yet another deadly adventure awaits as Albert and Rex try to give the bad guys their just desserts!
In the small Bedfordshire town of Biggleswade, retired detective Albert, and former police dog, Rex, are enjoying a peaceful break from the murder and mayhem of the last week. Until the waitress serving him is arrested for murder …
… and he discovers she killed the café’s owner three days ago. But Albert saw her eyes when the police came for her – she is innocent!
With evidence stacked against her, no alibi, and both motive and opportunity, she will carry the blame unless someone can prove otherwise. Left holding her dog when the police took her away, Albert does what he does best … he snoops.
There is something very odd going on, that’s for sure, and as he starts to investigate, the woman’s checkered past comes to life. Is she guilty after all?
In no time at all Albert becomes the target and this time it will take more than Rex to keep him safe. Is there a master criminal working behind the scenes? What possible motive could he have? One thing is for sure … this is no underdog tale!
'This book is laugh out loud funny! Rex Harrison the dog steals the show continually.’ ‘The adventures he and Rex get into are hilarious. You will not want to put it down and will be begging for the next book. Steve Higgs is a masterful storyteller!’
But when he walks into a shop being shaken down by heavies enforcing a protection racket, all thoughts of relaxation go out the window.
Instantly marked when Rex rousts the criminals, Albert must choose whether to leave the town – the sensible choice – or unravel the gang’s plans – the option containing the greatest likelihood for mayhem and danger.
However, the choice is not his, because his partner has sniffed something other than cavity-inducing candy on the wind …
… the scent of a wolf. A real one. And if Rex’s nose is right, then it needs his help.
Man and dog both know how to solve a crime, but separated and working independently, can they arrive at the same conclusion? Can they be as effective working individually?
One thing is for certain.
There is going to be bloodshed.
Baking. It can get a guy killed.
On the southeast coast of England, three wines growers have just gone missing and a fourth was found dead at the scene. Could this be the work of the master criminal Albert Smith has been chasing all over the country?
You'd better believe it. Rushing back to his home county, Albert hopes to pick up the trail once more. With trusted former police dog, Rex Harrison, at his side, the duo begins to snoop …
… but they have no idea the perpetrators are still there. Worse yet, the criminals know who Albert is and they’re not about to let him spoil their plans again.
Will Albert and Rex catch them red-handed? Maybe. Will they finally find the thread they need to unravel the Gastrothief’s deadly empire? That could happen. Will Rex make friends with the crabs at the coast? No, probably not.
Get ready for culinary adventure because it’s getting deadly again!
When retired cop, Albert, arrives in Stilton for a festival, he has cheese on his mind, but that’s not what he gets …
… arriving the morning after the factory and warehouse have been raided, all the stilton is gone, and the security guard, Dave, who bravely fought to stop the thieves, needs someone’s help to save the day. With sidekick Rex Harrison, the failed police dog, at his side, our aging but sprightly hero will put his ear to the ground and his mind to work as he unravels the clues to this mystery.
Rex and Albert will be tested like never before in this quiet English town as they catch the first glimpse of a criminal mastermind at work.
Can they find the cheese in time to save the festival?
Will Rex be able to smell the answer with all the stinky cheese around?
It’s a race against time to solve this crime but is there something bigger going on? Can this really just be about some mouldy cheese?
‘Rex, the former police dog, steals the show every time. His attitude and antics are hilarious and just add to the story!’
It’s the day of the wedding and the bride’s little dog has gone missing. Ernie, her champion Pomeranian is to be the ring bearer and she will not get married without him.
Thus starts a day Felicity would sooner forget.
It’s a mercy she has Amber and Buster with her. Sending them to scour the venue for the little dog, it’s not long before the next problem arises.
Is the wedding just suffering a run of bad luck, or are there other forces in play?
Missing dogs and stressed-out brides are not the only thing on Felicity’s mind – tonight is the deadline for the palace to announce who has been given the contract for the forthcoming royal wedding.
Felicity knows in her heart she is going to get it, but until she gets that phone call …
Get ready for high drama and high jinks – it’s wedding time again!
'I honestly don't know how he not only keeps turning out great books, but does so across multiple series at the same time! Everything I have read by Steve Higgs stands alone as utterly unique, outrageously funny, and so thrilling I need to lie down when I get to the end.'
Three-hundred-year-old coins found with the dead man’s meager belongings point to a treasure thought lost to the ocean long ago. However, when the arrival of a murderous mystery figure forced Patricia and her friends to figure things out for themselves, they questioned if the trail they now follow might just lead to one of the greatest treasure finds ever recorded.
Some might call that exciting, but for the gang on board the Aurelia, they have another word: deadly.
They are playing someone else’s game and not only are the rules unclear, they are constantly one step behind.
In the Canaries, they were being spied on. In Rio they found only bodies instead of answers – the mystery man left no one alive to reveal his secrets. Arriving in New York, things are about to get a whole lot worse.
But sometimes the only way to avoid trouble is to hit it head on.
‘This author writes so well that the reader feels as though they are in the series.’
When Felicity Philips visits a wedding dress boutique only to find the owner strangled and posed, she finds herself unwittingly embroiled in yet another desperate investigation.
The dead dressmaker has been stuffed into a near priceless one-off by a famous designer and somehow three of Felicity’s brides have paid a deposit for it. Is one of them the killer?
With arch-rival, Primrose Green, stirring things up and the palace decision on who will run the next royal wedding looming, Felicity needs to get ahead of the impending PR disaster and fast.
But killer brides aren’t her only concern.
Her newest employee’s old boss wants her to fire him and looks set to stop at nothing to make her do it, local P.I. Vince Slater is still trying to romance her knickers off, and there’s a ghost in her office.
I wonder who she’ll hire to sort that out?
Get ready for another frenetic adventure as Felicity Philips grabs her sassy cat, make-believe-superhero dog, and ninja niece, and sets out to uncover who wanted the dress badly enough to kill for it.
She had better pray she does, because this is a dress to die for, and the killing might not be finished yet.
Marriage. It can be absolute murder.
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