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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, after the death of a local businessman at the bowling green, Roy Ingamells’ murder mystery, Death On The Green, finds DI Hooper and his sergeant seemingly suspended from active duty.
Death On The Green
Inspired to write Death On The Green whilst enjoying a game at the Odiham and North Warnborough Bowls Club in Hampshire, Roy Ingamells’ creative juices quickly kicked into gear for his debut murder mystery novel.
After the death of a local businessman, alcoholic Detective Inspector Herb Hooper and his sergeant Prunella Prune are suspended from duty by the Chief Constable on the pretext they are under suspicion. Their undercover investigations reveal deep-seated corruption in the local police force; the secrets of the illegally imported blue diamonds; why are there dozens of caravans hidden in the woodlands around the canal docks, and who is the dumb manservant of a local landowner. It’s a masterly crafted whodunnit plot readers of all ages will enjoy.
With an easy flowing and well-constructed plot that throws in some intriguing red-herrings, Death On The Green not only keeps readers hooked, but also demonstrates that 90 year old Roy Ingamell has many of the literary skills that made Jeffrey Archer a best seller.
With his lifelong passion for writing now at the top of his bucket list (having taken up gliding at 62 and finally retiring at the impressive age 82) Roy Ingamell has no plans for slowing down. So, for all those who have been captivated by this very British mystery, the chances are DCI Herb Hooper and Sergeant Prunella Prune will be putting their investigative skills to good use for many years to come.
Roy Ingamells was born in 1933 in the quaint village of Thurnscoe Yorkshire. The son of a miner, he was an inveterate reader, frequenting the local library from the age of 7.
He left school at the age of 15, became an apprentice painter and decorator and served an indentured apprenticeship for six years. A small foot deformity prevented him from being called for National Service in the armed forces which greatly disappointed him because he always wanted to be a pilot.
At age 23 he started a small painting/decorating contracting business and later began a house letting/cleaning service. When he was 63, he trained as a glider pilot and fulfilled his childhood dream of being an aviator. He pursued that hobby into his eighties, and retired from business when he was 83.
In his early twenties a correspondence course enabled him to get his first story published in a London evening paper and throughout his life he continued to write stories. Hooper is his first novel. When he is not writing, he regularly plays bowls and table tennis. Roy has one daughter, one grandson, and one brother twenty years his junior.
Roy now lives in Hampshire, calling himself a Yorkshire immigrant to Hampshire. His Detective Hooper was born in Hampshire, and it is here that he will continue to live his fictional life.
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