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Daddy’s great escape …


 Things have gone from bad to worse for Ralph Whistler in this comical thriller, which is the third novel in the Mad Bill series but stands up fine as a standalone.

The novel begins when Ralph gets chased into the bay by an angry mob.

Things start looking up for him when he gets rescued by a passing fishing boat.

But then he finds out the boat is headed out to sea for six weeks, the skipper is dodgy, the deckhand is dim and the two stowaways on board are wanted criminals.

Ralph Whistler just wants to get home to his pregnant wife and can’t stand the thought he’ll have to be on this boat for six weeks with this bunch — and miss the birth of his first child.He needn’t have worried though.

They all end up on an island ruled by a gun-toting old man, and that’s when Ralph’s real problems begin.

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Will the old blokes solve the crime in time to catch their plane?



Former mayor James Northan is missing, and someone is stealing important landmarks in Windy Mountain.

In this funny  mystery, elderly-tourists-to-be Oodles and Wish-Wash get sidetracked having to do some amateur detective work.

This is the next in the Windy Mountain Tasmanian Tiger series but it stands up fine as a standalone.

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The wrong magician … the legend of Mad Bill begins …


Even if they haven’t read the book or seen the movie, most Australians know the story of The Mutiny on the Bounty.

It happened in 1789 when Acting Lieutenant Fletcher Christian led a mutiny against Captain William Bligh and set him and 18 loyalists adrift in an open row-boat. It is the stuff of legends that the cantankerous old bugger reached safety 3500 nautical miles later.

It also has nothing to do with this fictional novella, which is the first book in the Mad Bill serires but stands up just fine as a standalone. This book is a prequel to Escape from Mad Bill’s Island. It tells how Mad Bill got to his island in the first place.

It’s 1974 in Hobart, which has become home to Australia’s first legal casino — and the reason why gangsters from Chicago have come to Tasmania.

This is bad news for lawyer William Clarin, who flees the island state moonlighting as a magician on an ocean liner named The Bounty XIII.

What he doesn’t know is some of his adversaries are on the ship, too.

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Three books in one bundle, 30 years of laughs

If the Tasmanian Tiger really is extinct, how come it won’t go away in this bundle of funny mystery novels? 

Laugh your way through three books from the Windy Mountain Tasmanian Tiger series, and find out what apples, Irishmen, and disappearing landmarks have in common. 

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A story of funny revenge … the Windy Mountain Tasmanian Tiger series begins

The greedy mayor has gone too far this time. The Tasmanian Tiger hunter he despises is given no choice but to get revenge.

This is the prequel to the Windy Mountain Tasmanian Tiger series, set 30 years before it all began.

If you want laughs, a quirky storyline and eccentric characters, this is the novel for you.

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Is that dog doing what you think it is on the cover … secret doggy business?


Is so, how could this secret doggy business possibly prove the Tasmanian Tiger exists?


You’ll find the answer in this poignant, funny mystery novel, which kicks off the series but stands up fine as a standalone. 

With a quirky character lurking around every corner, everyone has something to hide — including the two old men who come up with the dog solution, the new Irish manager of the Tasmanian Tiger museum who has something to hide about his past, the owners of the museum who have an even bigger secret, and Moose Routley who returns to town as a villain. 

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Accidental illegal immigrants …

We all know someone like Major BS. He’s a know-all, a social climber, he’s supremely confident but he’s totally inept.

In this satire, he’s accidentally rescued the wrong people from an overseas jail and brought 12 illegal aliens back into the country.

His inclination is to put it down to experience and get cracking with his next money-making scheme. But the government doesn’t let you forget, do they!

Major BS Comes to the End of his Rope is the second in the Mad Bill series, but it stands up fine as a standlone.

It’s a funny mystery novel full of quirky characters, and with a jagged satirical edge. 

See the major get his comeuppance while the man he bullies and belittles emerges as the real hero of the novel. 

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12 days of notice … I quit

Santa says he has had enough in this collection of sixteen funny flash fiction stories.

Author John Martin usually writes novels designed to make readers laugh, so these shorts are just a glimpse into his warped mind.

In the title story, Santa is not alone in his frustrations. Mrs Claus has had enough too. 

“Rudolph the red-nose reindeer and all the other reindeers have also had enough. In fact, they’re the most angry,” Santa writes in his resignation letter.

“They wanted to do one more Christmas Eve run just so they could poop down everyone’s chimney.” 

Other stories in the collection include Living Next Door to Rembrandt, We Want our Tasmanian Tigers Back, and Romeo and Julie

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Message to the millennials …

If you need to find out how to turn teapot cosies into fashion accessories, this is the book for you.

This is a collection of funny columns that have appeared in various Australian newspapers and on John Martin’s website.

John Martin is better known these days as the writer of humorous mysteries but this is a nod to his past as a journalist.

If fashion isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps rats are. Find out how those beady little eyes live on in John Martin’s mind many years after he was marooned on a desert island. Or find out how Beethoven made a kerfuffle refuffle.

These columns are ideal for short reading before bed. He even tells a bedtime story for losing weight.

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