Dr Ribero’s Agency of the Supernatural – The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost first started as a character exercise, back in 2015. I was taking part in a writing class in Exeter, and came up with an ageing Argentinian lothario, complete with twirly moustache, polished shoes, and a zest for solving local mysteries about rhubarb theft.
Little did I know it at the time, but Dr Ribero would soon become the star of my first published work. Admittedly, he now solves mysteries about the supernatural, not rhubarb. However, his passion for ridding the world of problematic spectres and ghouls is not to be underestimated.
Kester Lanner had no idea what he was getting into. Following his dying mother’s request to find the mysterious Dr Ribero, his peaceful existence is shaken as he discovers the secrets she strove to keep. Before long, and against his will, Kester is thrown headlong into the family business: catching terrifying spirits.
Dr Ribero’s Agency of the Supernatural: The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost is a contemporary twist on the Victorian Gothic novel, with a dash of humour and large amounts of the outlandish, preposterous and the outright unbelievable.
Only a few months have passed since the day Kester Lanner forced an angry ghost through the spirit door, but business prospects for Dr. Ribero’s supernatural agency haven’t improved. Things are looking grim when the agency lands a contract which they must share with a rival agency headed by Dr Ribero’s sworn enemy, Larry Higgins. Desperate for the job, the team accepts and begins to investigate the seaside town of Lyme Regis, where elderly victims are dying.
Still recovering from the case of a serial killer spirit in Lyme-Regis, Dr Ribero’s agency is soon confronted with an even greater threat: a reckless cult conspiring with an ancient and powerful Daemon to open a permanent spirit door so that spirits have unfettered access to the human realm. Having just witnessed the lethal consequences uncontrolled spirits can have on the unsuspecting, the agency joins forces with several others to prevent the cult from unleashing chaos and ending the world’s fragile protection from dangerous spirits.
Kester and Ribero’s team of inept supernatural investigators are back again. But this time, the stakes have been raised. Hrschni, a powerful daemon, together with the rest of the Thelemites, are hellbent on bringing spirits back to the world of the humans...at any cost. Kester needs to gain control of his unique abilities, while coming to terms with the fact that his mother had more secrets than he realized. He must also decide where his allegiances really lie. As the twisted truths keep coming out, he finds it increasingly hard to know who to trust.
A novel of the supernatural, The Hanged Man and the Fortune Teller is a testament to the longing that comes over us in our lonely moments, when we shiver and feel the presence of someone near us in the dark. A dead man—nameless, all but formless, not quite here but not unable to move on—fights his way back to who he was. What happened to him? And what happened to the love of his life? His memories retreat like the tide, tantalizingly close but always receding. This nameless ghost is harassed in the right direction by a fellow spirit, one of few that remain—a circus fortune teller tethered to him by a tragic history of her own. Ghosts are an unusual manner of creature, impermanent, restless, full of pain, but she is particularly complex; his coy, confusing stalker.
In 2016, I won the Amazon Christmas Children’s Writing Competition. The result? Sol the Slug’s Night Before Christmas; a tale of a slug who believes Christmas isn’t for him, until...
Sol meets a very special visitor and learns why he’s the perfect creature to have around at Christmas. In fact, he soon discovers it’s the most magical time of the year for everyone… even tiny, squidgy, slime-coated creatures like him.