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The Man Who Played Trains – The first of the Spargo novels

I am relaunching THE MAN WHO PLAYED TRAINS, subtitled as The first of the Spargo novels

Why have I done this? Because my latest novel, shortly to be available on Amazon, is GROUND RULES, featuring Jez Spargo, the feisty forensic geologist from The Man Who Played Trains.

Feisty, because that’s what one reveiwer called her – I loved Jez, the author has created such a strong, intelligent and feisty character in her. Even her father is lost without her! Their bond is strong and it is the backbone of this gripping thriller – I could easily picture them in real life.”

I have to admit that this one comment led me to write GROUND RULES.

— OOO —

Two of the many 5- and 4-star reviews of The Man Who Played Trains:

‘GROUND RULES’ by Richard Whittle will be available on Amazon in September 2019


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Fantastic review for The Man Who Played Trains!


I am one of those writers who doesn’t particularly want to be famous (fat chance of that anyway). What I want is to write novels that people enjoy reading – and, I suppose, sell enough of them to keep my publisher, Urbane, happy.

My reviews on Amazon are mainly 5-stars. Check out  The Man Who Played Trains

What I did not expect (never in my wildest dreams, as they say…) was a review as stunning as this one

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A murder in a remote village in Scotland, the victim brutally beaten
A damaged boat in harbour, a strange crewman
A derelict house, an abandoned mine
Then other, seemingly unrelated deaths…




Now at Amazon, Waterstones, Blackwells and all good bookshops


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