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Publication Order of Blackshirt Books

as Roderic Graeme
Concerning Blackshirt (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blackshirt Passes By (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blackshirt Wins the Trick (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Salute to Blackshirt (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Amazing Mr. Blackshirt (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blackshirt Meets the Lady (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paging Blackshirt (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Double for Blackshirt (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blackshirt Helps Himself (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blackshirt Sees It Through (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blackshirt Finds Trouble (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blackshirt Takes The Trail (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blackshirt on the Spot (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Call For Blackshirt (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blackshirt Saves the Day (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Danger For Blackshirt (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blackshirt at Large (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blackshirt in Peril (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blackshirt Stirs Things Up (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Brandy Books

as Roderic Graeme

Publication Order of Don Kerry Books

as Jeffrey Ashford
Investigations are Proceeding / The D.I. (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Enquiries are Continuing / The Superintendent's Room (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of C. I. D. Room Books

as Peter Alding
The C.I.D Room / All Leads Negative (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Circle of Danger (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Among Thieves (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guilt Without Proof (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Despite the Evidence (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Call Back to Crime (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Field of Fire (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Murder Line (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Six Days to Death (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder is Suspected (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ransom Town (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Man Condemned (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Betrayed by Death (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Man's Justice (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Inspector Alvarez Books

Mistakenly in Mallorca (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two-faced Death (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Troubled Deaths (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Begets Murder (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Just Deserts (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unseemly End (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Petard (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three and One Make Five (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Layers of Deceit (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Almost Murder (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Relatively Dangerous (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Trick (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Clever (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Too Clever by Half (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder's Long Memory (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Fatal Fleece (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Confounded (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Takes Time (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Arcadian Death (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Artistic Way to Go (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Maze of Murders (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Enigmatic Disappearance (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Artful Death (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ambiguity of Murder (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Definitely Deceased (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seeing Is Deceiving (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Intriguing Murder (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Air of Murder (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Sunny Disappearance (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Delayed (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Needs Imagination (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Instinctive Solution (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sun, Sea and Murder (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Question of Motive (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Majorcan Style (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murdered by Nature (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Search of Murder (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Twice Checked (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Counsel for the Defense (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly game (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Evidence of the Accused (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Burden of Proof (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Exhibit no. 13 (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Benefits of Death (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Will Anyone Who Saw the Accident (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Against Time! (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Embarrassing Death (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hand of Innocence (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Police Dog (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Consider the Evidence (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Against the Lawyers (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in the Coverts (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hit and run (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Deadly Marriage (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Forget What You Saw (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Patrol Car (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Police Car (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Traitor's Crime (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prisoner at the bar (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Man's Bluff (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
To Protect the Guilty (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Police Patrol Boat (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bent Copper (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Man Will Be Kidnapped Tomorrow (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trapped (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Double Run (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Colour of Violence (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Layers of Guilt (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The riddle in the parchment (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slow down the world (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Boy Who Knew Too Much (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hostage To Death (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Anger of Fear (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Missing Man (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Recipe for Murder (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Loss of the Culion (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voyage into Danger (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eighteen Desperate Hours (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guilt with Honour (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peril at Sea (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Sense of Loyalty (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Presumption of Guilt (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sunken Danger Jeffries (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Ideal Crime (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Meeting Trouble (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Question of Principle (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Couldn't Be (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Crime Remembered (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honourable Detective (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Conflict of Interests (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Illegal Solution (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Reunion (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twisted Justice (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Judgment Deferred (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bitter Bite (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Price of Failure (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Loyal Disloyalty (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Web of Circumstances (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cost of Innocence (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Honest Betrayal (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Will Out (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Looking-Glass Justice (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Truthful Injustice (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Fair Exchange Is Robbery (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Evidentially Guilty (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Corruption (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Illegal Guilt (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dangerous Friendship (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jigsaw Guilt (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Criminal Innocence (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Justice Deferred (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Damned by Logic (As: Jeffrey Ashford) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Roderic Jeffries is British detective fiction author who also writes as Graham Hastings, Roderic Graeme, Jeffrey Ashford, and Peter Alding. Jeffries is descended from Quaker William Penn, who famously gave his name to the newly found colony of Pennsylvania. His father was the popular detective thriller writer Graham Montague Jeffries of the “Blackshirt” series of novels fame. Jeffries was born in 1926 London, and attended Harrow View House Preparatory School, before proceeding to University of Southampton Department of Navigation. He would go on to become a sailor, joining the New Zealand Shipping Company. The company sailed to New Zealand and Australia though the young Jeffries soon found a job with Union Castle Company, as he wanted to see other parts of the world. Upon his return to England in the middle of the century, he became a member of the Honorable Society of Gray’s Inn while he was reading for the Bar. He made it into the Bar in 1953 but had a terrible time as jurist losing all seven of his cases, severely denting his confidence as a lawyer. He decided the law was not for him and quit to pursue a career in writing and published his first novel in 1950.

With over 150 novels in his various names, Jeffries is one of the most enduring and popular of names in detective crime fiction. He is best known for continuing the “Blackshirt” series of novels started by his father Bruce Graeme, in which he wrote twenty titles. After immigrating to Mallorca in Spain, he would pen another of his very popular detective crime fiction series, “The Inspector Alvarez” series. His experiences working as a lawyer and in the merchant navy have had a significant influence on his writings. Many of the novels that may be best described as police procedurals explain how the justice and law enforcement systems work, while also trying to explain criminal behavior and psychology. Using his real name and numerous pseudonyms, he has written dozens of standalone novels and series that have gone on to become wildly popular. As Jeffrey Ashford, he wrote the “Inspector Don Kerry” series, as Peter Alding he wrote the “C.I.D. Room” which features Scotland Yard’s Inspector Fusil and Constable Kerr. Jeffries is currently settled in Mallorca, Spain where he lives with his wife and two children in a 17th century farmhouse. His novels have been published in dozens of countries and have been adapted for radio, television, and film.

Like many prolific writers of his time, Jeffries found that publishers would not allow him to publish his novels as fast as he would like, hence the need for pseudonyms. As such, similar to his character in “The Colour of Violence”, he took up pseudonyms and went on to publish over 60 mystery stories at the rate of about two to three titles a year. Starting with his father’s Blackshirt series, he wrote at least two dozen titles before he moved onto other titles. While most of his works are police procedurals, each author pseudonym has a distinctive character and plot for the novel series or standalone they write.

Roderic Jeffries earlier works were for the most part straight detective novels with no lead character. Over the years and especially after moving to Mallorca, he gravitated towards a strong lead starting with his most popular character, Inspector Alvarez. Jeffries “Blackshirt” and “Inspector Alvarez” series of novels are murder tales that involve clever courtroom tactics that call for the defendant to take charge of his own defense in an attempt at acquittal. The “Blackshirt” series of novels are about Richard Varell, a bestselling author and secret crook masquerading as a gentleman. Given his extensive knowledge on crime and criminals, the police often call on him to assist in resolving complicated crimes that are beyond ordinary law enforcement officers. Even as Varell starts out as a crook, his willingness to help others and good nature soon see him become a fully-fledged member of crime fighters in his city. Jeffries Inspector Enrique Alvarez character is a Spanish police officer who fights crime on Mallorca, a Spanish island resort. Alvarez is a middle-aged man who solves crime in a unique unhurried yet diligent approach that consistently delivers results.

“Concerning Blackshirt” is a top class whodunit about a country gentleman turned detective who uses the mechanisms of law to delay justice. It starts with Richard Varell the said gentleman spending a quiet weekend at a friend’s estate in Kent. Everything seems normal until he walks across the field looking for a good spot for some target practice and stumbles upon a Blower four and half Bentley in a garden shed. Rushing back to the house to fetch his host, they return to find themselves facing unseen gunmen shooting at them from semi-automatic weapons, followed by the roar of the Bentley roaring away. Surviving the scare unharmed, they flee to a nearby building only to find the body of a strange man. What better incentive to become involved in something that has nothing to do with him that a dead body. Blackshirt being who he is would never hesitate to take such a mysterious case. “Concerning Blackshirt” is a novel of dangerous secrets, revolvers, money, and chasing women as Blackshirt sets out to resolve one of the most intriguing of mysteries.

“Blackshirt Passes” by is a fascinating novel that is vintage Roderic Jeffries at his best. Richard Varell is out on an evening stroll minding his own business when he spots his car being dangerously driven behind the British Museum. Not a man to stand by and wonder how his car came into the possession of a man he knew nothing about, he sets out to track down the man through the backstreets. It is not long before he learns that the man driving the car had been the perpetrator of a daring raid targeting the British Museum. He had made away with only one item; a ruby and gold horse from the museums precious Saladin collection. Why would the man make such a daring raid to steal only one item is a mystery that Blackshirt is determined to unravel. Moving with the prodigious speed we have come to expect of the master detective, he delights as he traverses the posh estates of the elite of London, down to the darkest and dirties of its poorest, looking for clues and answers to a strange mystery.

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