The Direction of Murder by John Nightingale


Crime writer David Knight finds himself a little out of his comfort zone when asked to develop the script for a film of one of his novels. And yet a week in a moated country house with A-list stars is too good to miss, even if the director is notorious for playing with the emotions of his actors, and everyone else.


It is only when he discovers that his detective is being portrayed by a method actor, who appears to believe he actually is Tom Travis, that David becomes seriously uneasy. Nor does it help that he has caught the eye of the director’s glamorous, and very rich, wife.


 But that is only the start. David finds himself at the centre of events that not only involve unusual murder weapons and locked rooms, but sudden death. 


 Can David find a way of keeping fiction and reality apart?

The second in the David Knight series, The Direction of Murder, is available in time for Christmas.  Buy your copy here.

The Appearance of Murder by John Nightingale

John Nightingale’s The Appearance of Murder was listed as one of the books of the year for 2015 in The Times and as one of the top 10 books by AskMen UK and was chosen by Ian Rankin for his Christmas wish list.  It is now available in both paperback and hardback from selected bookshops and Amazon.  It is also available as an e-book.  You can purchase it direct from Spider Monkey Books as well - see our shop page.

“The most teasingly pleasurable crime mystery novel I’ve come across this year.  The plot is cunningly set up around a novelist writing a crime mystery novel  which then dissolves into the real thing.  Or perhaps not.  The play of appearance and reality is maintained to a satisfying  denouement."
John Sutherland
The Times, Books of the Year,  5 December 2015

“I’ve asked for it to be placed in my Christmas stocking.”
Ian Rankin, Literature Works, December 2015
"In this witty and entertaining story of a crime writer who has lost interest in his recurring hero, and lost all memory of much of his life, there is a good deal to relish.” 
Jessica Mann, Literary Review, February 2016

 "If your taste is uber-clever crime fiction, you'll enjoy it as much as I did."
10 Best Books of 2015, AskMen UK.

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