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Publication Order of Gaffney and Tipper Books

Confirm or Deny (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Home Secretary Will See You Now (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Damned Serious Business (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cold Light of Dawn (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Gaffney and Tipper Books

The Cold Light of Dawn(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Confirm or Deny(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Home Secretary Will See You Now(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Damned Serious Business(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Tommy Fox Books

Lead Me to the Slaughter (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Laundry Man (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tomfoolery (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snowdrop (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Taming of Tango Harris (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Underneath the Arches (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rough Diamonds (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Brock and Poole Mystery Books

Working Girl (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Light Fantastic (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whiplash (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kicking the Air (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whispering Grass (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drumfire (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost or Found (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack in the Box (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Breach of Privilege (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
All Quiet on Arrival (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gunrunner (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Make Them Pay (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reckless Endangerment (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Exit Stage Left (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Suddenly at Home (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadlock (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Naked Flames (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Hardcastle Books

Hardcastle's Spy (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hardcastle's Armistice (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hardcastle's Conspiracy (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hardcastle's Airmen (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hardcastle's Actress (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hardcastle's Burglar (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hardcastle's Mandarin (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hardcastle's Soldiers (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hardcastle's Obsession (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hardcastle's Frustration (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hardcastle's Traitors (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hardcastle's Quartet (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hardcastle's Collector (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hardcastle's Runaway (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hardcastle's Quandary (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hardcastle's Secret Agent (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Division (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blue Murder (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House at Oxford Square (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Graham Ison is a well established popular author who was serving in the regular British Army for five years before he joined the Metropolitan Police. He also spent four years as a protection officer serving the prime minister at 10 Downing Street.

Graham Ison has been involved in some espionage cases as well as guarding US presidents and crowned heads when they visited Britain. He managed to do well and achieve much more as an officer, but now he is a full-time author who has joined Society of Authors, he is also an after dinner speaker.

Graham first started writing when he was in school at London that was during the period of Second World War, they were encouraged to take part in an essay competition whereby the essay was based on an air force theme. Therefore, he decided to take part in the essay competition since, he was quite familiar with the battle because he could watch the battle from the back of their garden. He managed to come up with a good essay which made him and the rest who did well, to be honored for their efforts of writing the essays by being taken to listen to Guy Gibson’s lecture at town hall.

Graham’s encounter with Guy Gibson who was a wing commander gave him the drive to write and become an author but unfortunately, his aspiration was interrupted when he joined the British Army for five years and thirty years serving in London Metropolitan Police.

Even though he did not get much spare time during that time when he was a detective at Scotland Yard, and also during the times he was the prime minister’s protection officer, he still managed to start writing but only as his hobby.

As soon as he left the police, he was fortunate enough to get an advice from an agent that he should focus on writing crime fiction novels since, he is an ex-policeman and within three weeks he managed to complete his first book called The Cold Light of Dawn, which is about a beautiful young woman’s bizarre lifestyle being revealed, when the Scotland Yard’s CID tries to investigate her death. Her body is found by a retired colonel early in the morning on the coast of Brittany. They begin to search for her identification whereby the French police gives her picture to the CID at Scotland Yard.

After two weeks the book was accepted by Macmillan, and then he proceeded to the next second novel called Confirm or Deny. This novel based on an intriguing puzzle to capture the traitor in M15 whereby, the Chief Superintendent John Gaffney of special Branch is given that task to find out who the traitor is by the Director-General of MI5. John Gaffney picks a small team of individuals and sets a trap which would catch the traitor. The novel continues to be very catchy as John Gaffney narrows down his list of suspects until one decides to commit suicide which raises suspicions, did he commit suicide as an admission of guilt, or was it murder? Gaffney does not quit instead he goes on to try to interview various M15 officers but they are not that nice to him. After finding himself following false leads he finally starts an intense operation that would ensure the traitor is finally caught. This second novel was also accepted by Macmillan even before the first novel to appear in print.

Since then all the novels that Graham Ison wrote was based on crime except fo The House At Oxford Square which is about a man who lived in both world wars.

He has also written some book series like Gaffney And Tipper, Tommy Fox, Brock and Poole and the popular series Hardcastle which he decided to create in order to solve the challenge which he used to get whenever his book was published, it appeared out of date since the police organisation and the methods they use keep on changing, and the parliament keeps bringing new laws almost every single day.

Hardcastle series involves a historical character that is Earnest Hardcastle Detective Inspector, who is also the head of CID of the London Metropolitan Police in the period of World War 1 in London, England.

Hardcastle’s Spy.

This first book of the Hardcastle series introduces the reader to Earnest Hardcastle the Division Detective Inspector, who is a canny investigator with a keen eye for nothing but the truth! He is driven to find the truth regardless whose toes he steps on.

The book starts when a young woman dressed in a prostitute’s clothing is murdered and the story begins to unfold when the case is assigned to Earnest Hardcastle but unfortunately MI5 Britain’s intelligence-gathering institution, strives hard to block every effort to solve that crime.

Hardcastle later on comes to realize that the murdered woman was German spy suspect, who had sex with soldiers and the government ministers. The story becomes even more interesting when a second woman is found dead and when eventually Hardcastle comes to determine who the real culprit is only to have him die in a car accident, but this raises more questions is he really dead? Or was he the real culprit

This book is very entertaining, with several twists and turns and wryly humorous.

Hardcastle’s Armistice.

This is the second book of the Hardcastle series. On Armistice day on 1918, a prostitute is found murdered under Brighton’s Palace Pier which raises questions like was it just the usual robbery that the city is already used to or is there an a hidden motive for her death? This finds Hardcastle in a farmiliar territory as he moves in to try to solve the case and get the main culprit and the motive of that murder.

Hardcastle’s has list of suspects but his main suspects are an army officer and a photographer. In this boook Hardcastle is seen to be very keen and intelligent.

In conclusion, Graham Ison has managed to write crime fiction books that involve very interesting twists and turns and generally good puzzle for the reader to try to solve as they read his books. He is among the best British Authors who have managed to write crime fiction books that are interesting and enjoyable to read.

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One Response to “Graham Ison”

  1. Marie: 4 months ago

    I find his books excellent, he doesn’t fill the pages with unnecessary waffle as so many crime authors do, and when he does he keeps it to the minimum as one would expect and then in the next sentence he is back on the police procedure.

    I have read crime books were one had to wait and read 50 pages before a crime was committed and then again they started talking for ages about their weekend and how much they loved their partners etc.more waffle.
    Mr Graham Ison has a fantastic way to make his books come alive.


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