Fitzroy Maclean Angel’s latest hair-raising adventure involves a dubious religious cult, an impoverished minor aristocrat with a love of classic cars and a very shady solicitor with an extremely odd wife. Not only that, but he also has to cope with rookie private eye Veronica Blugden, find out why her office is being vandalised, and discover what his bike-riding friend Crimson is up to, selling all that mysterious white powder…
‘Nobody does it like Ripley, quite the deftest hand in comic crime.’ – Literary Review
‘No contest. If laughter is the best medicine, this should be available on National Health prescription. Crammed with one-liners that provoke groans and giggles in equal measure, Angel Confidential romps confidently along with enormous brio. All this, and a plot too!’ – Val McDermid
‘The celebrated Ripley one-liners turn up all over the place. It’s sharp and very funny.’ – Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph
‘As always, Ripley offers sharp satirical comment on modern Britain, and London in particular.’ – George Osgerby, Tribune
Another of Telos Publishing’s reissues of celebrated British author Mike Ripley’s series of comic crime novels featuring Fitzroy Maclean Angel.
179pp. A5-format paperback novel.
Published 28 February 2011
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mike Ripley is the author of 19 novels, including the award-winning Angel series of comedy thrillers, a dozen short stories and the non-fiction memoir Surviving A Stroke. He was a scriptwriter on the BBC series Lovejoy and the crime fiction critic for the Daily Telegraph and the Birmingham Post, reviewing more than 950 novels over 18 years. In the 1990s he was the co-editor, with Maxim Jakubowski, of the three Fresh Blood anthologies, showcasing new crime-writing talent such as Ian Rankin, Lee Child, Ken Bruen and Denise Mina. He has appeared at many literary festivals and conventions, developed a creative crime writing course for Cambridge University and devised and produced ‘An Audience With …’ stage shows for Colin Dexter and Minette Walters.
After a 25-year career in journalism and public relations, latterly for The Brewers’ Society, he became an archaeologist specialising in Romano-British sites in East Anglia until he suffered a stroke at the age of 50. He sat on the government’s Stroke Strategy Committee and currently supports both the Stroke Association and the Blood Pressure Association.
He writes the monthly column Getting Away With Murder for Shots Magazine, is part of the obituary writing team at the Guardian, and is the series editor for the imprints Top Notch Thrillers and Ostara Crime. Working with the Margery Allingham Society, he completed the novel left unfinished on the death of Youngman Carter in 1969, which was published in 2014 as Mr Campion’s Farewell. A second ‘continuation’ to feature Allingham’s famous detective, Mr Campion’s Fox, is published in 2015.