Meet Talus – The World’s First Detective

Talus and the Frozen King - Launch Day

It’s launch day! Talus and the Frozen King is now out in the wild. So stop reading this announcement and go buy yourself a copy. Now!

If you’re in the UK, your buying options for the paperback may be limited until the official release on 6th April 2014, but you should be able to pick up the ebook edition without too much trouble. If you’re one of those lucky people in the US … go get it!

So what’s the book about? If you’re a regular visitor to this blog you’re probably sick of me telling you. There’s a full synopsis here, but the short version is that Talus and the Frozen King is a neolithic murder mystery. When death strikes on the island of Creyak – an ice-bound realm of stone circles and unseen spirits – what’s needed is a clever man to unravel the truth. The kind of man this ancient world has not seen before.

Meet Talus – the world’s first detective.

If you like your ebooks DRM-free, you can buy it direct from the publisher Solaris Books.

If you do decide to share in Talus’s adventures, then I thank you. Once you’ve read the book, why not write an online review? It doesn’t matter where you post it: Amazon, Goodreads, or here on this blog. It can be as long, as short, or as critical as you like, I don’t mind. Just tell me what you think.

Here’s what a few reviewers have already said:

Publisher’s Weekly

Although flavored with fantasy elements, this work resembles nothing so much as a certain consulting detective and his physician amanuensis transported back to the Neolithic … A close cousin to the writings of Conan Doyle, Christie, and Marsh, the story plays fairly with its readers, revealing clues and insights as Talus and Bran become aware of them. Mystery fans who find the conceits amusing will look forward to Talus’s future investigations.


A very enjoyable whodunit complete with all the ingredients that make a good mystery … tightly told with a clear direction and goal in mind …  I think both mystery and fantasy readers alike will feel right at home with this one. A very entertaining and fast read.

A Fantastical Librarian

The writing was solid with some beautiful passages and some deeply thoughtful considerations on the nature of love, life and death … It was this aspect, combined with the Neolithic setting and its crime focus that made me really enjoy Talus and the Frozen King and I hope this was just the first instalment in a series. I’d love to see what else Talus and Bran will come across as they journey farther north towards the Northern Lights.

Now go and buy the book. There’s nothing more to see here.

No, really, go.

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