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Twenty Short Stories - Settling The Score

What does it feel like to take another person's life? Will the good deeds we do come back to us in different forms? Should we always trust our instincts? Is it ever too late to turn back?

These are of some of the questions posed in this imaginative collection of short stories involving amongst others; a public executioner, a super hero who's half man-half wolf, a failed celebrity writer, a disillusioned taxi driver, a father and daughter facing the end of the world, an ugly journalist, and a policeman seeking justice.

Some of the many characters in this intriguing and imaginative collection of stories where all the characters have a tale to tell. A collection that will surely leave a mark on the reader.

A few words of praise for Twenty Short Stories:

"An excellent collection of interesting and very well written stories.”

“Loved them all - well told and had me held from the first sentences - looking forward to his next novel.”

“I loved these slightly disturbing stories. Great for reading when there is a short wait or break. When is the next book out?”

“Very enjoyable stories, not too long, not too short. Makes you think, clever ideas and looking forward to the novels.”

“This is an excellent collection of interesting and very well written stories. I enjoyed them so much and there's not a dud amongst them!”

“Clever, quality writing, give these stories a go, you won't be disappointed. I'm looking forward to much more from this talented writer. Well done Mr Ross!”

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Twenty One Short Stories - Key Changes

How did you get to where you are today? Is there a point in life when you just have to give up? Do you like to keep to yourself when on public transport? When is it right to damn consequences and seize the opportunity? Is there a comfort in living in the past? Is undervaluing another person without knowing their history unforgivable? Have you ever entered into a strange place and felt immediately at home? What are the landmarks in your life that stick in your mind? Are the best moments in life always shared? In a roundabout way, all these questions appear in some form or other in the second anthology by best selling author Michael Ross.

Again, as in Twenty Short Stories, there is a wide range of styles and content, with modern tales as well as stories set in the 16th and 22nd centuries. Within the stories you will meet a villain with a good heart, a widower living without grief, a professional hit man who has other things on his mind, an undertaker with a secret life, an old retired couple enjoying life to the full, a football fan trying to get home safely and a husband whose idea of a good day out is not shopping for curtains.
Each story is character led, most are complete within themselves, whilst a few leave a wider tale to be unravelled by the reader – the story itself is just the tip of the iceberg.

A few words of praise for Twenty One Short Stories – Key Changes:

“This is a wonderful anthology of 21 very different stories that certainly make you think.”

“I don't normally read short stories and this is the first I've read by Michael Ross but it certainly won't be the last”

“I read this on a friends kindle and enjoyed it so much, I downloaded a copy when I got mine back! Very interesting characters and stories which are very varied which make it unputdownable!!”

“I don't have a lot of spare time so generally try read on my commute - these short stories are perfect for this! There is a good spread of genres and some surprises hidden in there too!”

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Hand in Glove Out of Hand Series Book 2

For Pin-up and Bobby Tanner life could not be better, until the day they are asked to help in solving show business entrepreneur, Mo Parker's, murder. Their search takes them from the world of Hollywood movies through to the seedier back streets of London. They need to work 'hand in glove', and make use of all their contacts and underworld knowledge to unravel the dark secrets that lie behind Parker’s death.
Eighteen months have passed since the concluding scene of 'Hand Over Fist', and disgraced ex detective Bobby Tanner is enjoying his life in business partnership with entrepreneur John Staples, better known as Pin-up. Bobby lives in an
exclusive riverside apartment with the lovely Zoe Jackson and his life has never been better. Everything is plain sailing until the day that Pin-up calls him into his office with details of an investigation for Bobby to carry out.
A few months earlier, famous show business agent Mo Parker was murdered in his country mansion and the police investigation team led by Bobby's ex colleague, DS Jess Mulligan has got nowhere with its enquiries.With inside information from Mulligan, Bobby is less constrained by protocol than the detective and, with the help of the former criminal enforcer, Xenon, Bobby is able to pick up a clear thread which leads him to Mo Parker's killer.

A few words of praise for ‘Hand in Glove’

"Having read Hand Over Fist, and really enjoying the thrilling, unpredictable plot, and interesting characters, I knew this book wouldn't disappont."
"What a great follow on from Mike's first book. Thought I knew the ending but the plot has many twists and I was completely wrong. A must read for anyone who enjoys a great mystery novel."
"Michael Ross has given us a book that is a brilliant thriller ,and has introduced us to a cast of some great characters that will hook you right from the start ,and then will have us sitting on the edge of our seats waiting to see whats going to happen."

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Hand Over Fist - An old friend disappears, and suddenly Martin's life spirals out of control…

Martin Russell can barely face the future. With dismal life prospects and an estranged family, he is at the end of his rope. When an old friend, Hannah, elbows her way back into his life, Martin knows his luck can’t stay down and out forever. He can begin to rebuild, but Martin Russell’s lucky streak begins to unravel when Hannah suddenly goes missing. He is thrust into a world of half truths; his old friend is not who he thought she was. Who can he trust? Maybe not even his best friend, John Staples, better known as Pin-up..

Ex-policeman, Bobby Tanner, who lost everything one rage-filled night, now runs a reading group for alcoholics. He meets young drug dealer, Zack, who disturbs him in a way that’s hard to define. Bobby soon discovers that the teenager is in over his head and has been dealing with a despicable individual known as The Chemist, because no one messes with The Chemist, or his enforcer, Xenon. All roads seem to lead to the door of their underworld empire of corruption.

In a shadowed world of half truths, stalkers, and despicable drug dealers, Bobby and Martin must uncover the truth, and fast. Lives are on the line. Martin must protect the good in his life the only way he can—by uncovering the truth.

A few words of praise for Hand Over Fist:

"Bought this book after reading his 20 short stories and really glad I did! Really interesting read which kept me interested throughout - I would highly recommend”

"Beautifully constructed crime novel - lots of threads, rounded characters I could engage with; fast paced with twists and turns. I'll be looking for this writer in the future."

"I found the pace of my reading speeding up to find if and how the threads would converge, and if so how. A good read."
“So glad I chose this book. Not my usual read, but it held me from beginning to end. I enjoyed the way the characters were introduced and their stories cleverly interwoven. Great story, well told. I will look out for this author in the future.”

“Great first book by Michael Ross. read it in one day and could not put it down. The characters come to life, you can really relate to them. A very good read, recommend to all.”

“I love reading and reviewing people’s books and...most of the books I have reviewed have been very good, and this was no exception. I really liked the title, it suggested an interesting and mysterious read and I was not disappointed.”

“The story had me gripped right from the first page, and the gritty, action packed pace was brilliantly plotted. I loved all of the characters, even the bad ones. (don’t ask!)”