Angels and Others is the comprehensive, first ever collection of short stories by acclaimed British crime writer Mike Ripley, and comes complete with a specially-written author’s introduction. Thirteen stories are featured, six of which involve Ripley’s most famous creation, streetwise chancer Fitzroy Maclean Angel. And one of these Angel stories, ‘Ealing Comedy’, is exclusive to this collection – Ripley’s first new short story of any kind to appear in print for over 15 years!
As an added bonus, the book features the previously unpublished full script for an unmade TV movie adaptation of the novel Angels in Arms – a hilarious comic crime caper in which Angel attempts to free an old friend from the clutches of a gang of would-be drug dealers.
‘Ripley produces funny lines as often as most people breathe.’ – The Times.
286 pp. B-format paperback anthology.
Published 16 July 2015
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 wrote 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.