The former Worcester and Fleet Street journalist turned detective novelist

A FORMER Worcester reporter who wrote a series of novels set in the Midlands has been signed by a crime novel publisher.

Tony Bassett’s first novel in the series, Murder On Oxford Lane, was released on January 9 and the second, The Crossbow Stalker, is due out in February.

Murder On Oxford Lane is about a property magnate who disappears from a country village. The novel is set in Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

Murder on Oxford Lane by Tony Bassett

Tony, who now lives in Bexley, Kent, worked for the Worcester Evening News in the 1970s.

He then made a career in Fleet Street, working mainly for the Sunday People in London, both in its newsroom and its investigative department.

But he never forgot his happy times in Worcestershire and when he decided to end his career as a journalist in 2015, he drew on his memories to set crime stories in and around Worcester .

“I’ve never forgotten the happy times I’ve had and the interesting people I’ve met while reporting on crime, housing issues and industrial disputes in Worcestershire,” he said. he declares.

“So this new book series is set in and around Worcestershire, Birmingham and Warwickshire.”

Murder On Oxford Lane is available on Amazon as an ebook and paperback.

Tony says, “I’m especially happy that this novel is finally out. This is the first book I write.

“I sat down and wrote the first draft in the spring of 2016. A year later I decided the main characters weren’t quite right and totally rewrote it with new characters.

“Two years later, after immersing myself in other book projects, I went back and decided I still didn’t like the main characters and wrote the whole manuscript for the third times – until I was finally satisfied with it. Over the years, the opening chapter has appeared in at least four different forms!

“The two main characters I finally settled on are Chief Detective Inspector Gavin Roscoe, an experienced detective and family man, and an Asian character – young Detective Sergeant Sunita Roy who has little experience in the police but has a law degree and is extremely intelligent.”

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Tony set his first two novels in Kent. Smile Of The Stowaway (2018) told the story of a couple who sheltered an asylum seeker found under their motorhome and then fought to clear him of a murder charge.

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His second book, The Lazarus Charter (2020), saw the same Kent couple meet with Russian agents. This book has been endorsed by Marina Litvinenko, whose husband was poisoned in 2006, and Dawn Sturgess’ parents, 44-year-old British mother of three Dawn Sturgess, who died in Salisbury.

The book is dedicated to Marina’s husband, Alexander, and Dawn Sturgess.

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