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Rule Britannia, by Alec Marsh

Rule Britannia, by Alec Marsh

The first Drabble & Harris Thriller is a highly entertaining read.
Mark Ellis

I thoroughly enjoyed Rule Britannia, the first of a series of cracking historical thrillers set in the 1930s. It features an oddball couple of adventurers, Ernest Drabble, a Cambridge historian and mountaineer, and his old schoolfriend, Percival Harris, who is a Fleet...

William Boyd, Interviewed by Mark Ellis

William Boyd, Interviewed by Mark Ellis

The author of the Frank Merlin novels sat down with William to discuss his latest work and some of his other interests.
Mark Ellis

William, your new book The Romantic is drawn on a very broad historical and geographical canvas. How did you go about researching it? Did the pandemic make some research difficult? One of the reasons I set the book in the nineteenth century is that I have this great,...

Fiction Book of the Month: Mark Ellis on The Embassy Murders

Fiction Book of the Month: Mark Ellis on The Embassy Murders

This novel was the first of the author's Frank Merlin series, and he sat down with our editor to discuss it.

Mark, you’ve created quite the character in Frank Merlin. What sort of man is he? Frank Merlin is a man in his early 40s as the series starts. He holds the rank of Detective Chief Inspector and  heads a Scotland Yard serious crimes unit. Merlin is an extremely, brave,...

Dead in the Water

Dead in the Water

An illuminating and enjoyable read.

Dead in the Water is the fifth outing for DCI Frank Merlin, based in Second World War London, and the plot is complex. Leon van Buren, a refugee from occupied Holland, brings to Britain two priceless works of art, and hopes to sell them. The most likely purchaser is...

Fiction Book of the Month: Mark Ellis on The Embassy Murders

Mark Ellis on Action This Day

Mark Ellis discusses the latest Aspects of History short story collection.

Mark Ellis. Can you tell us more about Frank Merlin, and the inspiration behind Let Sleeping Dogs Lie - your short story in the Action This Day WW2 short story collection? Frank Merlin is a half-Spanish Scotland Yard detective working in WW2 London. His dark good...

Fiction Book of the Month: Mark Ellis on The Embassy Murders

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Action This Day: A WW2 Short Story Collection

Action This Day: A WW2 Short Story Collection

A new collection from Aspects of History features some of the best novelists writing about the Second World War.
Mia Roe

As the coronation of Charles III approaches, Action This Day ploughs us back into a time of risk, uncertainty and unthinkable steaks. The era of the Second World War might’ve been rife with struggle, but there was more than just that; individual stories, people,...

Crime in WW2 London

Crime in WW2 London

London saw plenty of criminals taking advantage of the chaos of the German bombings.

I write a series about a Scotland Yard detective, DCI Frank Merlin operating in World War Two London. To date there are five books in the series with the fifth, Dead In The Water, coming out this month from Headline. My aim has always been to set the series against a...

Fiction Book of the Month: Mark Ellis on The Embassy Murders

Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis is a thriller writer from Swansea and a former barrister and entrepreneur. He is the creator of DCI Frank Merlin, an Anglo-Spanish police detective operating in World War 2 London. His books treat the reader to a vivid portrait of London during the war skilfully blended with gripping plots, political intrigue and a charismatic protagonist.
Mark Ellis

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Fiction Book of the Month: Mark Ellis on The Embassy Murders

Mark Ellis

The bestselling author chats about his career and inspirations.

What prompted you to choose the period that you wrote your first book in? World War Two loomed large in my life for the significant reason that my father died when I was quite young (7) because of it. While on naval service in West Africa during the war, he contracted...