Author’s crime novel is set ‘near Wendover’

Peter James
Peter James

A crime writer whose debut self-published novel went to the number one spot in Amazon’s Kindle fiction charts has penned a second book.

Peter James, from Wendover, has released Seeds Of Doubt three years after releasing his debut work Deferral Of Guilt.

The front page of Peter James's second novel Seeds of Doubt

The front page of Peter James's second novel Seeds of Doubt

The new book tells the story of the murder of wheelchair bound former Hollywood actress Susan Linton, and the efforts of Detective Inspector Steve Straker and his team to find her killer.

The novel is set in the thinly-disguised village of Elleswood, two miles from Wendover.

He said: “When I put my first book on Amazon I was not expecting it to go to the top of the charts.

“There is no link to the first book other than a couple of minor characters who are in both.

“I got a lot of pleasure from writing it and it will be a bonus if people buy it in the same numbers as my first book.”

Mr James has written both his books under the pen name James Parr, to avoid confusion with the famous crime author who shares his name.

He worked previously as chief executive of Mothercare and is now retired.

He said: “As someone who worked in retail, this is something of a sea change for me.”

Seeds of Doubt is now available from Amazon as a paperback priced at £7.50 or as a Kindle download priced at £2.99.