Crime Fiction: Salford Keys

Mike Scantlebury writes crime fiction novels for you

Easter '19 ? Come and gone

It's a fast moving world.

Mike's new novel is up on Amazon (other bookshops are available), but it's so new that it hasn't even made it on to Mike's 'Amazon Author' page !

(Well, if he didn't write it, who did?)

You need a link? Here's a quick link to the Kindle e-book. Here -

As you will see, it's called 'Part 2'. Yes, that's right. The story picks up right where Part 1 ended, and it's a real cliff-hanger, (and a bit of a nail biter).

As it says in the Introduction, it's meant to be a Stand Alone novel as well as the second part of a longer story. so you've got the choice of starting with it - or being all 'normal', and reading Part 1 before Part 2.

That's your choice.

Good Luck with it.

While you're wrestling with that dilemma, you might be interested in something even weirder.

Back in the 1990s, Mike was trying to be all normal himself, and got busy by sending ideas and suggestions in to Traditional Publishers, (when that route was still available, and before it got closed off). Then, back in pre-history, the people sitting at desks demanded a 'package' - a brown envelope, usually, containing the following items: a Covering Letter; a Synopsis; a Sample Chapter (or two); and a Stamped Addressed Envelope. Of all things, the last was the most useful. That was the thing used to house all the other items when they were returned - 'rejected' and, mostly, unread.

Accordingly, Mike has drawerfuls of Sample Chapters - yeah, dozens of them.

They're a bit too short to be of interest to Amazon and Kindle, but Mike has found he can put the fragments up on other e-book providers, with no hurdles.

So, look out for them.

In the days and months that follow, you could try looking up 'Mike Scantlebury' on a search engine like Google (others are available) and you might be surprised to find yourself being directed to short samples of books featuring his usual heroes, Mickey and the lovely Amelia Hartliss, written by the author - just a few chapters and a Synopsis - on all kinds of platforms, like Nook and Kobo, Scribd and 30 others.

Don't be put off. Try them. There's a few diamonds in there (amid a lot of coal). Go fish !

A New Start for 2019

Wow, who needs Resolutions?

It's a New year and all those things listed below have happened and are real.

Well, apart from the dog. The dog's gone. He's gone to a Better Place. (It's called Denton.)

Meanwhile, the book about Global Markets, globalisation and glow worms is live on Amazon.

I'll give you the link below. You can click on that and have a think about buying the book, even.

The link is:

Right, that will get you one new book.

But we're talking about a few weeks going by. So, there's another too -

The novel commemorating the Armistice of 1918, a story that was written in November 2018 as part of 'National Novel Writing Month' is up and live too. I mean, two. That's two books for you to get your eyeballs locked on to. (I mean 'to'. Yes, that was deliberate.

Here's the link:


Yes, Mike's got a new dog, a rescued puppy, and it's keeping him busy.

However -

it's also November,

which means 'National Novel Writing Month', (which Mike has been doing since 2012).

The book this year is a celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War in 1918, and it's all about the Arms Trade (in modern times).

We'll let you how that goes.

 Right, there's the plan for autumn.

How did summer go?

A new novel.

Mike - with superb qualificiations in the field - Well, he's got an 'A' level - was writing about Economics.

That 'new' book will be called 'Global Markets'. Look out for it.

(Just don't mix it up with a Textbook. It's not. It's got text in it, and it will be printed as a book, but -

People seem to misunderstand Mike.

Why, he tells them he writes Crime Fiction. His books are filed under Thrillers. And the label 'Fiction'.

Still, people say - "Is this a tract? A 'How To' book? Will it teach me a new language?"

None of that.

Mike writes Coffee Cup books.

Some people write Coffee Table books, which are usually big and glossy, with lots of pics.

Ideal for leaving lying around and impressing visitors.

Mike doesn't do that. He doesn't aim to impress tables.

His books are ideal for a coffee cup.

Put the kettle on, make yourself a cup of coffee, settle down on the sofa with book or Kindle -

and that's it. You'll be hooked.)

The last 'new' one was about a 'Cure for Cancer'.

Hmm, controversial.

If you want to see how it turned out - here's the link to the Kindle page on Amazon.

Just click.

Now here's an interesting fact.

If you've already signed up for 'Mike's Mailing List', you'd know that.

Mike the author likes to keep his happy band informed, and has sent them some sample chapters from the new book, partly to brighten up the season of Lent, before Easter. Well, some people are giving up sugar, money, swearing, or other delights. Why not keep the joy of reading alive?

So, go on. Scroll down to the end of this page and you'll be able to sign up to be one of 'Mike's Mates', the select band of supporters who like to keep in touch. Yes, it could be you.

But you have to get in it, to win it -

(the free chaps).

Meanwhile, there's news about the 'Trumpanation' book (below),

which has now moved on from draft to published version.

It's been published by Lulu, 

it's possible to find it on Amazon, right - NOW !

Here's the link:

(It's in blue so you can see it. Just click.

The (new) novel (about Mr Trump)
:   2017

It's true. It's nearly the end of 2017 and the bad news for author Mike Scantlebury is that he's finally cracked more eggs than made omelettes.

He's upset people. He allegedly put Donald Trump into his new novel - and Kindle won't publish it !

You can see their point of view. The word 'Trump' is in the book's title - it's called 'Trumps a Mayor' - and there's a picture of the great man on the cover.

Trouble is, and the problem for Conspiracy Theorists everywhere, is that the new President doesn't actually appear in the book at all. Not once. No mention. You see, the book's not about that. It is about an election, but NOT the Presidential election in the USA in 2016. No, it's about the Mayoral election in the county of Greater Manchester in the North West of England in summer 2017. And even though people are voting, they're not voting for Donald Trump. They're voting for a lookalike called Beau.

Mike didn't write about elections in the United States, because he knows nothing about it. He didn't write about the real D J Trump, because he knows nothing about the man. No, he knows about elections and politics in Britain, so he wrote about that. Then he was inspired by the events of 2016  in America to imagine - what would happen if we got a candidate in this country who (i) had no experience of politics but (ii) was a very successful businessman? How would that play out?

If you move on to the next page, the one labelled 'The New Novel', you can get a selection of chapters from the GM Mayor novel - and it's worth reading.
(And sure, there's a guy in it who sounds like, looks like, and chews gum like D.J.Trump. But is it the real Mr Trump? No, it isn't. It's a man called Beau Stule.)

That's all, folks.

Ah, yes, but on that page also, there's a link to the book Mike wrote in November 2016 about chemicals and processed food.

2016 will be hard to follow. There was the Olympic Games in Rio last summer. Mike took the opportunity to re-issue the novel he wrote about Olympics 2012 - since he was there, and knows a heck of a lot more about it than what happened in Brazil.
If you want a link to that book, it's here. Click it HERE.

Meanwhile, back in England, there was something more important to worry about in summer 2016, like who won the Referendum vote in June. Well, we know the story there. Or not the whole 'story'. That's in Mike's new book which - conveniently - has graduated from its place on the next page, 'The New Novel', and now it's up for sale, click HERE.

Oh, and there's another development. If you scroll down to the bottom of this page or the next -
you will see that you're getting the opportunity to join Mike's Mailing List.

It's the only sure way to get all the News,
and it's delivered straight to your Inbox, without you having to look for it.
God Bless New Technology!

Reading Mike's new novel will be as easy as pulling teeth

What's this?

You were expecting to see chapters of the book about electing a Mayor in Salford in 2016? Oh, yes, but that's over. Done and finished. The completed novel, however, lacking the polish of Mike's other tomes, has been taken down to the Car Wash for a Full Valet. It will get washed, brushed up, vacuumed and spell-checked, then will be returned to the land of the living - via the website at and through the usual channels of Amazon, Kindle (other on-line book-selling outlets available). In other words, being a book, it will soon be on sale where other books are sold. You usually go - where? Well, fine. Look there for 'Mike Scantlebury'. He's an author too, and since he hasn't (yet) been put on the blacklist, you will be able to find his novels alongside other writers. You will recognise his books, of course: they are the ones with the blonde hair and the beard.

Oops, what's this, just arrived in my In Box? It looks like - it can't be - Yes, it is, it is the paperback novel about the Mayor getting elected in Salford in 2016. (Yes, the New Mayor, this year.) Well, that was worth waiting for, I'm sure. Okay, I'll put a link here and you can go and examine it, kick the wheels and look under the bonnet, just by following this link here.

Meanwhile, still looking for 'Secret Garden', Mike's novel from 2012 about Salford, the keys to Salford and Salford Quays, and the impact of Sandra Hodgson Burnett, the famous childrens' author?

Right, very wise. It certainly turned out to be a cracker.

Unfortunately, the 'new' website where it was listed turned out to be full of holes, and has sunk like an old hulk in the middle of a wet dock.


(So,  if you actually did want to order a copy of 'Secret Garden', the novel, it is now available as a paperback book from -

The key is that you can find it by clicking here.

Or, if you've moved on from the printed word, and only want the e-book, click here.

Mayors'   Tales

Looking for the whole quantity of the last book Mike Scantlebury wrote in chapters, the one about electing a Mayor for Salford?

Well, he certainly did aim hight and try to do a Charles Dickens, load it week by week onto a page called 'Documents'. It was an app supplied by the makers of this site. It didn't work. We complained, and someone said they would fix it. They didn't. Weeks went by. Years, even. It's still not appeared. It was as much a disappointement as picking the wrong horse for the Derby, (or the wrong politician).

You'll probably remember the plan - to make sure new chapter per week was uploaded every Saturday, between February 18th 2012 and the election, (Thursday, May 3rd). Yes, it happened. The task was undertaken. It was successful. Medals were handed out. So bad luck if you wanted to see it here, but don't despair: why not try the ebook, which is available now (and we really hope that you didn't forget to vote - that time).

(NOTE: you can reach the ebook by clicking here.

It's a New Year - in the 21st century

Welcome to 2012 and a new website from Mike Scantlebury.

On this site, Mike will tell you all about his latest books, and direct you to where you can find others, either in printed form or available as e-books. (Why not? It's the latest thing. Did you know you don't have to own a Kindle to buy Kindle ebooks? You can download the Kindle "app" from Amazon to any old laptop, desktop, or mobile device, and then happily read the latest Mike Scantlebury stories on a screen convenient for you.)

This website is full of news,
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