Thirteen fabulous crime stories from Ben Westerham’s highly popular ‘Shorts in the Dark’ series. It’s time to take a wander into the darker recesses of the mind.
The Old Man’s Shed – School-boy Jacob Whistler finds his neighbour’s shed an irresistible temptation. But what is it he finds lurking inside?
Alone in the Dark - “There’s something about watching others in the night that appeals to me. It always has.”
The Pond - Revenge can come in many guises and sometimes from places we would never have expected.
A Pound Coin – Can a life really be worth so little?
Walking into Trouble – Family emotions can be more extreme than most.
A Parcel of Trouble – Private investigator Nat Gillies receives an unexpected parcel that he soon wishes he’d never set eyes on.
Money Love – When the love of money proves greater than the love of another human-being, the outcome is not likely to be a happy one.
'Harry Minch' - Revenge is a boomerang that garage owner Harry Minch fails to see coming.
'The Handbag' – A woman’s handbag can be more dangerous than you might think.
‘The Price of Envy’ - Charlie Mean is consumed by envy. For someone it will prove fatal.
'360 Degree Feedback' - They say feedback is a gift, but sometimes what it gives can be entirely unexpected.
‘The Old Hand’ - An ageing crook thinks it’s time to do a good deed, but is his help really wanted?
‘Obsession’ - Obsession can make a man blind to reality and drive him to the edge of madness.
It’s dark. It’s criminal. It’s unmissable.
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About the Author
Ben grew up in the once rural county of Kent, spending as much time as humanly possible with his mates causing mayhem in the nearby countryside. Later he spent three years as an undergraduate in the altogether different environment of what was then the recovering metropolis of Manchester. A fabulous place for a student. It was as this idealic phase of life came to an end, and the depressing world of work began to take its place ,that Ben's urge to give vent to his creative side started to seep out in a growing stream of bits and pieces writing. A disjointed and eclectic mix for a long time, this eventually morphed in to complete pieces of work, covering novels, poetry, song lyrics, plays and even a few pieces of non-fiction. Having completed what felt like an excessively long apprenticeship, Ben chose to focus on the world of crime, in particular drawing on his experience of that whirlwind of a decade, the 1980s. Humour is an important and frequently present element of Ben's writing. Although primarily there to entertain the reader, it also helps Ben avoid the trap of taking himself and his writing too seriously.