Behind Closed Doors and the
Inspector Norris Mysteries

An invitation to enter the sinister world of Victorian crime and follow the investigations of Inspector Albert Norris


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Pre-order your copy of Behind Closed Doors now!

Posted by Brian Porter on July 16, 2011 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The great news is that Behind Closed Doors has now been made available for pre-order by the publisher, Sonar 4 Publications. To reserve your copy, please go to Sonar 4 and place an order, which will be dispatched as soon as the book is released in August.

Thanks to all who voted in the P & E Polls.

Posted by Brian Porter on February 13, 2011 at 4:51 PM Comments comments (0)

I want to say a great big THANK YOU to everyone who voted in the recent Preditors & Editors Readers Award Polls. The final results are now available and I'm very proud to announce that Glastonbury won the Best Mystery Novel Award, and Requiem for the Ripper won the Best Thriller Award. I'm so grateful to all who voted in support of my nominations and hope a few of my friends and readers will check out the two award winners. Full results for all categories can be found at Simply visit the page and then select a category to view the results. Glastonbury is available in paperback from

and Requiem for the Ripper is also available from in both paperback and e-book editions.


Glastonbury - Mystery and Misdirection. Hired by millionaire businessman Malcolm Capshaw to search for a fabled historical artifact in the shadows of Glastonbury Tor, Joe Cutler and his team from Strata Survey Systems are drawn into a web of sex, lies, deceit, murder, and betrayal. The artifact is revealed to be bogus, and the real purpose of their search is slowly exposed. A menacing background presence, in the form of an old-established London crime family appears, to display an abnormal interest in the goings-on in the ancient town where Christianity laid its roots in England. There, aided by the enigmatic and flamboyant university professor Lucius Doberman, Joe and his team must solve the mystery of Glastonbury before the sinister historian Walter Graves makes the discovery that could cost him and the whole team their lives.

Requiem for the Ripper

Criminal psychologist David Hemswell receives a desperate call from a worried man. William Forbes, former solicitor to serial killer Jack Reid believes himself to be threatened by the living soul of the notorious Victorian enigma, Jack the Ripper. Convinced that Reid was a descendant of the Ripper and that the evil that first entered the current era through the inheritance of the Ripper's journal by psychiatrist Robert Cavendish, Forbes turns to Hemswell as his last hope to free himself from the demons he believes are pursuing him. Forbes travels to Skerries Rock, David Hemswell's private island home off the bleak, barren west coast of Cape Wrath, Scotland, where Hemswell soon realises that there is much about his visitor that is disquieting and frightening. Hemswell summons help in the form of paranormal investigator Kate Goddard, and together, the pair attempt to free Forbes of whatever strange phenomenon has assaulted his mind. As their investigation gathers pace, however, they soon begin to believe that the three of them are not alone on the tiny island. Has the soul of Jack the Ripper found a way to encroach upon the present day? Is William Forbes the living embodiment of The Ripper, or is he too a victim of the curse that appears to have been handed down across time by the unfortunate Cavendish family? As time begins to run out, and the danger surrounding them grows ever stronger by the second, David Hemswell must face his own demons and is faced with the most terrible decision of his life, as the story that began with A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper and continued in Legacy of the Ripper reaches its shattering and terrifying conclusion!

Welcome to the world of Albert Norris

Posted by Brian Porter on January 31, 2011 at 5:56 AM Comments comments (3)

Welcome to the world of Detective Inspector Albert Norris. Together with his sergeant, Dylan Hillman, Norris is given the task of solving a crime that seems to be almost unsolvable. The body of a young woman is discovered in one of the carriages of an underground train after it puills in to the station, having completed its last journey of the night. The murderer appears to have left no clues, and at first glance, it is hard to ascertain whether the murder took place on the train, or elsewhere.The victim is later identified and her friends, family and employer all describe her to Norris as being a well brought up, impeccably mannerd, well liked young woman, a staunch church-goer, with no known enemies. A potential link with terrorists devoted to preventing the underground railway from spreading throughout London is suggested by Norris's superiors, and when another victim is discovered, again on the underground railway, Norris is forced to accept this possibility, despite his gut feeling that the murders are of a far more personal nature. A third murder soon takes place and with fewer clues, and the ever present spectre of Jack the Ripper and his own fiendish crimes providing a sinister backdrop to the case, Norris and Hillman find themselves under increasing pressure to bring the case to a successful conclusion. The only question

Behind Closed Doors is an old-fashioned whodunnit, and Norris a character I hope readers will identify with, a man with a past, with human flaws and frailties, but, above all, a man with the nose of a bulldog and the keen tracking sense of a terrier. He simply doesn't know how to give up and will stop at nothing, no matter who it may upset, in his quest to solve the series of 'murders on the underground'.

Coming in paperback and e-book editions in the summer of 2011 from Sonar 4 Publications.


Author Wins, 'Best Mystery Novel' and 'Best Thriller Novel' Awards

Brian L Porter was the winner of both Best Thriler and Best Mystery Novel Categories inthe Preditors & Editors Readers Award Polls for books published in 2010, for his novels, Requiem for the Ripper and Glastonbury.



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