John Tallon Jones

Author of the Penny Detective Series

John Tallon Jones

John Tallon Jones is an editor, online copy writer and award winning author. He was brought up in Wrexham, North Wales and after studying Law in Cardiff University, put his legal skills to work, by playing violin, bass and guitar (though not at the same time) as a session musician in various bands across the UK, Europe and the USA. He is currently living in the South of Italy where he writes incessantly and annoys his wife and children with his early morning fiddle playing.

The Penny Detective One

As private detectives go Morris Shannon, is not up there with the likes of Poirot or Holmes, and is already considering a career side-step and buying a high class fish and chip van business, when Karl Ashford walks into his office and changes those plans forever. From recovering stray cats and dogs for their owners and taking pictures of dangerous cracks in pavements, he is plunged into a brutal murder investigation that has more twists and blind alleys than..............something with quite a lot of twists and blind alleys. Backed up by his alcoholic and seldom sober sidekick Shoddy, Morris chases the truth through the backwaters of Merseyside, determined to get his man. The Penny Detective will keep you in suspense until the last page, and provide a few laughs along the way, as you begin to see just how useless at detecting Morris, or Moggsy to his friends, really is. Step into the shady and utterly grubby world of Morris and Shoddy as they take on the first proper case they have ever investigated, and see if you can guess who the killer is, because that just maybe the only way that you get to find out. This is the first book in the Penny Detective series.

The Penny Detective Two

The Penny Detective three

Bumbling Merseyside private investigator Morris Shannon, is on the trail of a murderer in the third book of the series. Set in the crumbling streets of Liverpool in the 1980s, Morris is once again trying to separate the lies from the truth, and unravel a curious mystery with the help of his seldom sober sidekick Shoddy. This classic who-done-it will keep you in suspense until the last page and give you a few laughs along the way. As always, there is a subtle twist in the end, which you may have to guess yourself, because there is a good chance that this is the only way you will ever get to find out who killed Max Climax. POST ONLINE: A New detective on the Block “Belgium has Hercule Poirot, Oxford has Inspector Morse, and now Liverpool has Morris Shannon..........” “With Morris and Shoddy you are guaranteed a spellbinding story packed with believable characters and a great twist at the end…..”

The Penny Detective Four

Morris Shannon and his sidekick Shoddy are once again on the trail of a killer, in the fourth book of the series. This is tale of suspense and murder that is set in Liverpool in the 1980s. The two friends are trying their best to cut through a web of lies and intrigue to get to the truth, while having a laugh along the way. This is a classic British who-done-it, which as always with Penny Detective books, has a subtle twist at the end. POST ONLINE: A New detective on the Block “Belgium has Hercule Poirot, Oxford has Inspector Morse, and now Liverpool has Morris Shannon..........” “With Morris and Shoddy you are guaranteed a spellbinding story packed with believable characters and an unexpected ending......…..”

The Penny Detective Five

Bumbling private detective Morris Shannon, and his seldom sober sidekick, Shoddy, get involved in some serious trouble when they accidentally upset the Chinese Mafia. The action comes thick and fast, in this story of a brutal murder, and a man who claims to have been wrongly accused. All that Morris and Shoddy have to do, is separate the truth from the lies, in this classic English Who-Done-it, that as always has a subtle twist at the end. POST ONLINE: This is a five-star read, and Merseyside had a detective to be proud of. With Morris and Shoddy, you are guaranteed a terrific story, packed with believable characters, and loads of laughs. This book comes highly recommended.

The Penny Detective Six

POST ONLINE: ‘ Take Hercule Poirot, Philip Marlowe and Miss Marple and roll them into one, and you have The Penny Detective. A highly imaginative and entertaining five star read.’ Introducing the Penny Detective 6 Bumbling madcap detective Morris Shannon, is stranded without his sidekick Shoddy, on an Island off the coast of North Wales, in this classic Country House Murder, Who Done it. What starts off as an innocent murder mystery game, goes terribly wrong, and it is up to Morris to find out who the real murderer is. As always there is a subtle twist at the end, in a terrific story packed with believable characters and a load of laughs along the way.

The Penny Detective Seven

POST ONLINE: A New detective on the Block “Belgium has Poirot, Oxford has Morse, and now Liverpool has Morris Shannon..........” “With Morris and Shoddy you are guaranteed a spellbinding story packed with believable characters and an unexpected ending......…..This is such a great read.” Morris Shannon and his partner Shoddy are once again involved in an action adventure case around the decaying streets of Merseyside in the 1980s. This time, Morris gets involved with two American Gangsters and is being charged for a murder he possibly committed by accident. The two friends are trying their best to cut through a web of lies and intrigue to get to the truth while having a laugh along the way. As always with any Penny Detective story, there is a subtle twist at the end.

The Penny Detective Eight

Reviews ‘Pure Genius: This is the perfect thriller with a lovable pair of detective.’ -- The British Detective Book Club ‘This book played my emotions like a musical instrument; brilliantly written, complex, absorbing and edgy.’ --- Post online ‘The first part of the book is so fast-moving and tense; I couldn’t put it down. This author certainly knows a thing or two about building tension.’ ---- Chester Standard ‘This is a fabulous book. Short, sharp chapters build up the tension and as usual, we have some great action, drama, and humor.’ ----- Goodreads ‘Best book I have read this year. Full of tension and suspense and not for those of a nervous disposition.’ ----- The Scarborough News ‘I adored this book, especially the plot. So original, if a bit scary!’ ---- Eastern Press Reviews ‘The language is tough and the action, fast and furious. I love Morris and Shoddy; they are such believable characters that are flawed and very human. This is a terrific Five-Star Read’ --- Crime Fiction ‘A colorful cast of characters and locations reminiscent of Guy Ritchie films. The dialogue and characters seem very authentic.’ --- Online Review POST ONLINE: ‘Take Hercule Poirot, Philip Marlowe, and Inspector Clouseau, rolled into one, and you have the Penny Detective. This is a highly imaginative five-star read. Book Description Morris Shannon and his long-suffering sidekick Shoddy are on the trail of a brutal killer in this eighth book in the Penny Detective series. This is a story of murder and suspense that is set against the backdrop of Liverpool in the 1980s. Morris is working for a journalist who wants to track down a killer. He is trying his best to cut through a web of intrigue and lies to get to the truth in this classic British Detective page-turner that is often funny, sometimes very tense but never dull. The Hangman Mystery will keep you guessing until the last page