Guest Blog by Chris Martin

In our latest Guest Blog, author Chris Martin presents his new Inky Stevens book, ‘The Case of the Caretaker’s Keys.’ Links to his excellent work can be found at the bottom of the page.

Don’t Get Mad…. Get Stevens!

Book Launch at Adlington Library on Thursday 26th March at 7pm

‘The Case of the Caretaker’s Keys’

Chris Martin has written three Great School Detective novels to date, finally securing a publishing deal with Hogs Back Books in 2017. 

‘The Case of the Caretaker’s Keys’ is Inky’s first instalment and Adlington Library is grateful that he asked us to stage his official launch. 

This will take place at 6:30pm on Thursday 26th March and Ex-Drama teacher Chris promises to be a lively entertaining speaker. He will be discussing his experiences as a writer as well as introducing his new novel. As he’s aiming to promote Inky in both primary and secondary schools, anyone connected with education is very welcome to attend.

Chris Martin is also one of Britain’s foremost suppliers of fundraising murder mystery plays. In 2005 he uploaded his first whodunit ‘Who Killed the Headmaster?’ to his website, murderplays.com. Customers include drama groups, sports clubs, church groups, libraries, museums, cruise liners, pubs and restaurants, anyone, in fact, interested in using ‘the business of murder’ to raise funds. Living in Adlington, Chris has used many local venues to test out his pieces including, of course, Adlington Library.

Chris gave up teaching in 2013 in order to focus on writing full-length novels. Crime fiction has always been his favourite genre and he decided to combine his talent for writing whodunits with an educational setting and thus create fiction for young readers (the like of which he taught for over 20 years). And so his lead character, ‘Inky Stevens, the Great School Detective’, came into being. Inky’s a student at Blinkton High School, in an isolated coastal town somewhere in the north of Britain. This fact, added to the spooky tone of the novel, gave rise to Chris’ tag line for his book… ‘Oh we do like to scream beside the seaside!’ 

Writing by Chris Martin: http://www.chrismartinwriter.com

Who Killed the Ship’s Captain

A Murderplay by Chris Martin & A. P. Grozdanovic

All aboard and batten down the hatches for a murder-mystery of titanic proportions! The luxury cruise liner ‘the Celebration’ is the pride of the ‘Blue Triangle Shipping Line’, yet she’s sailing on choppy waters… and there’s an iceberg-sized scandal looming over the horizon!

‘Who Killed the Ship’s Captain?’ is set in the passenger lounge of the (fictional) ship ‘the Celebration’. It’s 1912, just 3 months after the sinking of the Titanic, and there’s more trouble brewing out to sea. Edward Pearson, the ship’s captain, is becoming increasingly unpopular. Ever since the disastrous voyage of the company’s rival, he’s had a sinking feeling of his own. Pearson’s become distracted, irritable and argumentative. Something’s clearly on his mind, but what? And more importantly, who would want to kill him? Could it be…?

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Elizabeth, his frustrated wife?

Cheerful cabin boy, Jack Bailey?

William Earnshaw, Pearson’s ruthless second-in-command?

Catherine Earnshaw, William’s pushy wife?

Ian Jackson, the ship’s doctor with a ‘complicated’ past. Or…

Pamela Davies, the captain’s (overly) personal secretary.

When the ship docks at Southampton, Inspector Peach from Scotland Yard is called in to sift through the flotsam and jetsam of a disastrous voyage. Life on the ocean wave has never been so turbulent… or as deadly!!

‘Who Killed the Ship’s Captain?’ is a one hour ten minute play for 8 actors- 3 male, 3 female, and 2 of either. Although still a comedy, the piece is murderplays’ most reserved, least frivolous, play, making it a popular choice for more ‘senior’ groups or those simply relishing the opportunity to ‘glam-up for a life on the ocean wave’!

Please CONTACT US to request a FREE copy of Act 1 of this play by clicking the link below:

https://murderplays.com/plays-store/full-length-murder-mysteries?product_id=61