Tales of Greed, Scandal & Mayhem from Colin Goodwin
Don’t Get Mad Get Even
Life is tranquil in the quintessentially English village of Throttle – until the local cricket team receives a devilish demand.
When industrialist and landowner Sir Alfred Bullock is laid up, his devious son Roland, devises a get-rich-quick scheme. He gives an ultimatum to the cricket club: win a trophy by the end of the season or we take back the ground you play on and sell it for development.
In a desperate attempt to win games and hold on to the pitch, the club enlists the help of a professional whose skills – to the delight of the local ladies – extend far beyond the cricket Field.
Roland, together with an unscrupulous estate agent and two dodgy builders, hatches malicious plans to ensure the team loses its games. Meanwhile, village residents whose houses are devalued by being on the perimeter of the pitch take matters into their own hands to ‘fix’ the club’s failure…
Greed, scandal, tragedy and farce ensue as the cricket club fights for survival against increasingly dangerous sabotage…
When in a Hole, Stop Digging
Livid boat owner Albert vows revenge after a humiliating event, and shocked residents of a brand new housing estate mysteriously find fish in the plumbing.
A heartless double murderer on the loose and a gun-toting farmer send shivers through the town of Throttle as two amateur sleuths try to make sense of it all.
Meanwhile a pair of sixties throwback detectives attempt to piece it all together, but in reality make matters worse.
The local free press needs a story fast, but the novice reporters get a shock as they enter a world far beyond their capability.
Finally, one resident, pushed to the edge by a marital issue, sinks to a new low.
The mayhem continues…..
Colin Goodwin enjoyed a successful career as a welding and fabrication engineer, working in the aircraft industry and welder training for the oil industry. For the past twenty years he worked in further education, where he also taught stained glass window making.
In the late 80’s he built and fitted out a 40 foot steel narrow-boat, but sold it because it was not fast enough. He maintains an active lifestyle and has completed London marathons and Great North Runs. Both Colin and his wife now prefer to go on long distance cycling holidays.
Retired 6 years ago, Colin continues to indulge his creative side by repairing anything mechanical, motorbikes (Harley Davidson, BSA, Royal Enfield), cars (1951 Ford Anglia) and model steam engines.
‘Don’t Get Mad Get Even’ was originally published in 2009, but was reissued in 2015 by 2QT Publishing in Settle. The sequel ‘When in a Hole Stop Digging’ was published in 2016. The books are available through Amazon, all good book shops and from under the counter at The Hardware Store, in Padiham.
The last in the trilogy ‘A Likely Story’ is currently nearing completion.