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Publication Order of DCI Warren Jones Books

The Last Straw (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Smoke Without Fire (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silent as the Grave (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Common Enemy (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Forgive Me Father (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Price To Pay (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Out of Sight (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of DCI Warren Jones Short Stories/Novellas Books

Blood Is Thicker Than Water (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Case Gone Cold (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Deadly Lesson (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
At First Glance (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Paul Gitsham is a British author that writes crime fiction novels. Paul initially intended to write science fiction. But his experience in the field of biology somehow drove him into the arms of the crime fiction genre.

Gitsham is best known for the DCI Warren Jones series.

Paul Gitsham’s resume will confuse most people because he isn’t exactly the most conventional picture of a crime fiction author. And yet Gitsham has earned a decent reputation for his detective stories.

Gitsham is a highly learned fellow. As a young adult, he was drawn to biology. The Ph.D. in molecular biology that he eventually acquired proved as much. Gitsham’s qualifications earned him a spot in laboratories in Manchester and Toronto.

But then he fell into a pit of poor luck when job opportunities began to dry up. A time came when the author retrained as a science teacher, and then somehow ended up as a receptionist. This was the period of Paul Gitsham’s life when he didn’t quite know what to do with himself.

Though, he will be the first to tell you that the idea of a Ph.D. holder working as a receptionist is ridiculous. His time at a major UK bank from where he worked to keep terrorists and foreign dictators from hiding their ill-gotten gains in innocuous accounts was more to Gitsham’s liking.

And yet, the author never felt quite fulfilled. While the idea of writing had flitted in and out of his mind over the years, his childhood teacher’s proclamation that he would never get anywhere if his handwriting didn’t improve made him a little hesitant to take a chance on publishing.

Not only had his handwriting not improved but it had actually gotten worse. When Gitsham finally sat down to pen his very first full-length novel, he never expected his work to garner so much attention from readers within the UK and abroad. And yet that is exactly what happened.
You rarely hear of young men earning PhDs, working in laboratories, teaching kids for a little while, settling for receptionist jobs and finally working in banks on their way to their publishing destination.

Paul Gitsham’s journey has been a unique one. It has also heavily impacted the sorts of stories he tells.

+Literary Career
Paul Gitsham is one of those authors who started writing at a very young age. By the time he was five, Gitsham had already scratched out a novelized version of the movie ‘ET’.

Whatever plans Gitsham had for the story, his dreams were quickly squashed when he learned that a novelization of ET already existed. Yet that particular disappointment did little to dissuade Gitsham.

He took his exercise book and his yellow pencil and he began to tell original stories. Most of the ideas the author penned were obvious derivations of popular movies, television shows, and cartoons.

Nothing he wrote during those early years ever went anywhere. And yet that period of the author’s life was transformational in the way it nurtured his enthusiasm for writing. He continued to write throughout high school.

But then he got to university and everything changed. Paul Gitsham still had a passion for writing. But he also loved Biology and university gave him the avenue to pursue that route.

For a little while, the author was certain that he had found his calling. But then a time came when all his job prospects disappeared. Gitsham was suddenly unemployed. It was around this time that he took the receptionist job.

When he entered the NaNoWriMo challenge, it was with the intention of finding a more engaging activity to occupy his time. NaNoWriMo is an annual writing challenge that encourages its participants to write a minimum of 50,000 words in one month.

When Gitsham undertook the challenge, he knew that he had no chance of actually hitting 50,000 words. And yet he still tried, eventually coming quite close with 30,000.

The fact that he had failed to accomplish the NaNoWriMo objective did not actually weaken his resolve. If anything, the experience gave the author a new zeal for the written word.

So he continued to work on those 30,000 words, building upon the story he had started a month earlier. Gitsham also signed up for a writing class. The feedback he acquired from his teachers and colleagues encouraged him to keep refining his stories and his writing abilities.

At the time, the author was writing science fiction. He had fixated upon the genre from an early age. But the book he had begun to write featured a murder mystery subplot, one that Gitsham kept developing and polishing and pondering until he was finally compelled to abandon the science fiction story completely in favor of a detective novel.

Whereas Gitsham’s NaNoWriMo-inspired novel had taken him years to develop, it only took the author six months to finish the first draft of the first novel in the DCI Warren Jones series.

+The Last Straw
Professor Alan Tunbridge was a brilliant microbiologist. However, he also had a sour attitude, so no one really liked him. And when he was murdered, Warren Jones was quickly inundated by a growing list of suspects.

At the time, Jones had only been recently appointed Detective Chief Inspector. And he was determined to competently and professionally maneuver the case. This was in light of political pressure to give the public answers as quickly as possible.

Now Jones must determine whether or not he is willing to contend with the danger that his decision to explore the victim’s pioneering research will attract.

+No Smoke Without Fire
A young woman is raped, murdered, and dumped in Beaconsfield Woods. DCI Warren begins looking at the father and the boyfriend as potential suspects. But then another woman is murdered in the exact same way.

The MO is eerily similar to that of Richard Cameron. Cameron spent a decade in prison but he was only ever charged with rape. Not only did he never commit murder but he has a strong alibi.

When a personal tragedy attempts to push Warren off the case, the disappearance of another woman forces him back into the fray.

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