Highlands feature in Derek Tomlinson's debut novels

There’s nothing better than a good old fashioned mystery.

And in his first two novels Derek Roy Tomlinson brings the classic English mystery and adventure novel into the 21st century.

And to the Southern Highlands.

In The Strange Case of the Missing Thong the theft of a single thong from Robert and Ursula Barrington’s residence precedes the disappearance of their next door neighbours.

Much of the action takes place in the Macarthur region including Campbelltown, Camden, Wollondilly and Wingecarribee shires.

A breakthrough in the case comes when Ursula Barrington takes the women in the story on a shopping expedition to the affluent town of Bowral, the farming, winemaking and cultural centre of the picturesque Southern Highlands where, not coincidentally, the missing couple are being held captive incommunicado.

The sequel, The Force for Evil, is an international, political thriller set in the 21st century chaotic world of cyber crime, extremists, terrorists, refugee crises, Brexit, USA elections, voters disenchanted with mainstream parties, conspiracy theorists and the threat of nuclear war with rogue states.

Robert and Ursula Barrington once more are involved as the trio of the world’s greatest detectives investigate a kidnapping and a murder.

Book three in the trilogy will be published by the end of 2017.

Derek and partner Sylvia, live in Silverdale after residing in Camden for many years.

He was inspired by authors such as Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, H Rider Haggard, Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, their modern counterparts Patricia Cornwell, Lee Childs and John le Carre`.

“Listening to audioBooks, during a recent stint of long distance commuting by car, rekindled my affection for the classic English mystery genre, style and language of their works,” he said.

“The intense creative urge, which surfaced when I retired and had some time on my hands, drove me to write in a similar style but set in the 21st century.” 

Like the characters in Derek’s first novel, they enjoy shopping in Bowral.

Derek said he derived great satisfaction from seeing his stories come to life in print and encouraged others to give it a go.

“Most everyone can read a book, many dream of writing a book one day, very few people actually do. What’s stopping you?”

His two novels that can be purchased online from  www.amazon.com, in both eBook and paperback editions.

Last year Derek submitted three short stories in national short story competition.

They have now been serialised and published on Derek’s website: www.barringtonsofsilverdale.com

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