One for sorrow… Two for death.

Thirty years ago a group of five child detectives; Tommy, Luke, Tess, Jane and Daniel, along with their dog, Dexter made the national press with their crime solving. Nicknamed the Magpies, their adventures were written up as novels by author Reginald Troughton and released to children around the world, including a ten-year old Declan Walsh.

But now, someone is targeting the Magpies, with Reginald brutally murdered while writing a last, ‘lost’ adventure. And DI Declan Walsh and the team of the Last Chance Saloon must not only solve Reginald’s murder with the ‘help’ of these rusty amateurs, but at the same time save the surviving members of the Magpies from a devious and determined killer with a chilling connection.

But while they do this, the team will also delve into a decades old conspiracy – one that suggests that the Magpies were created as a Government PR stunt gone wrong, and that there were more Magpies, missing ones, dying in tragic circumstances but never acknowledged…


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Jack Gatland is the pen name of #1 New York Times Bestselling Writer Tony Lee, who has been writing in all medias for over thirty years including comics, graphic novels, middle grade books, audio drama, TV and film for DC, Marvel, BBC, ITV, Random House, Penguin USA, Hachette and a ton of other publishers and broadcasters on licenses such as Doctor Who, Spider Man, X-Men, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Doctors, Wallace and Gromit and Shrek. As Tony, he’s toured the country talking to reluctant readers with his ‘Change The Channel’ school tours.

As Jack, he’s writing a new series of Crime Thrillers starring Detective Inspector Declan Walsh, recently seconded to the City of London Police department known as the Last Chance Saloon.

The first three of these, LETTER FROM THE DEAD, MURDER OF ANGELS, HUNTER HUNTED and WHISPER FOR THE REAPER are available NOW. The fifth, TO HUNT A MAGPIE on June 6th 2021, the sixth, A RITUAL FOR THE DYING on 8th August 2021, the seventh, KILLING THE MUSIC on 3rd October 2021 and the eighth, BEHIND THE WIRE on 5th December 2021 – with further adventures continuing throughout the year.

But, rather than expecting you to instantly buy a book, it’s only fair that you can read a sample of Jacks work.

So, if you join the Jack Gatland Readers Group, you’ll receive a free DI Walsh ebook – LIQUIDATE THE PROFITS – a full story and a prequel to LETTER FROM THE DEAD!

Please note, that this is also the only way to read this book individually, as it will not be for sale alone on Amazon!

Jack hopes you enjoy it, and hopes to share many more Declan Walsh adventures with you.


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