Michael Hambling - Crime Novels


19-2-21: Joffe Books has just negotiated a contract with Tantor to produce Audiobook versions of the last six Sophie Allen novels. This will include novel 10, Brutal Crimes. Some readers may already own audiobook copies of novels 1 - 4, recorded some four years ago.

4-2-21: The tenth Sophie Allen novel is almost finished. I'm not yet sure what the title will be. I'm swithering between Brutal Crimes and Sinister Crimes, but it may end up as something elso entirely.

14-12-20: Progress on the tenth Sophie Allen novel has been very good. Some of my Dorset readers have commented on the fact that recent novels in the series seem to be based further afield. They always start off in Dorset and I wanted to reinforce the fact that crime knows no borders. I also wanted to vary the location and introduce other  lovely locations in Wessex. However, I have taken the comments seriously and decided to return to Purbeck for novel 10. It's based mainly around the beautiful area that lies between Wareham and Corfe Castle, a locale that is a mix of hills, woods, heaths and farmland. More importantly, it has several ominous-looking flooded pits and pools. A few scenes are based in Poole, particularly the Sandbanks area and Parkstone.

27-8-20: Ruthless Crimes (Sophie Allen novel 9) will be published on Wednesday 9th September. Pre-order is available now on the Amazon website.

26-8-20: Joffe Books have published a complete Kindle boxed set of my first eight novels for the bargain price of 99p in the UK and the rest of the world, following the success of the American trial. A good reason to buy a Kindle if you don't already own one! Novel 9 (Ruthless Crimes) will be published very soon.

19-8-20: I completed my first novel for teenagers last week. It's called The Misfit Gang. It's still being checked and commented on by friends, family and a publishing insider with YA experience. More news when I get the feedback. Meanwhile, I've started work on Sophie Allen novel 10 (Brutal Crimes?) and it's been progressing really well.

8-8-20: Ruthless Crimes has now gone through editing and proofreading at my publishers (Joffe Books). It should be published in early autumn.
I've also been working on something completely new, the first in a series of novels for teenagers. This has been something of an experiment. I've just finished it. "The Misfit Gang" is now in the hands of a couple of friends and family members who will give me their thoughts (I hope!).

30-5-20: I've finished working on Ruthless Crimes. It's now in the hands of the editorial team at Joffe Books. with good luck and a following wind it may be published before the autumn. It's a story that revolves around people-smuggling and the tragedies involved as desperate migrants try to get across the channel to safety in the UK.

26-3-20: Novel 9, working title Ruthless Crimes, is progressing well. I'm trying to complete it a month earlier than usual. If this plan succeeds it may be published in early autumn rather than mid/late autumn. It's theme is linked to a set of tragedies caused by a gang smuggling migrants across the channel from France.

30-10-19: Silent Crimes is published today. Search on Amazon to buy, either as a Kindle download or as a paperback.
Also newly published: the Kindle box set of novels 4 - 6.

22-10-19: Silent Crimes, novel 8 in the Detective Sophie Allen series, is due to be published on Wednesday October 30th. This is always a tense time - hoping that readers enjoy the latest story in the series.
Soon afterwards Joffe Books will be launching a Kindle box set edition of novels 4- 6. This adds to the box set of 1 - 3 published a year ago. It proved to be very popular.

28-9-19:I'm being interviewed next month for a feature in a future edition of Dorset Life magazine. More about this later.
I've been invited to take part in a "Meet the Author" morning at Swanage library in early 2020. Details still to be arranged.

25-9-19: Silent Crimes has gone through stage 1 editing. We now have to choose a suitable cover design while the book is at stage 2 and proof-reading.

5-9-19: The first draft of this year's novel, working title Silent Crimes, went in for editing at Joffe Books two weeks ago. I hope it can be published before Xmas.

25-4-19: I'll be appearing at the Sturminster Newton Literary Festival on Saturday June 15th, between 10 am and noon. I'm pencilled in for  the Exchange cafe.

3-1-19: A happy new year to all of my readers. I hope 2019 proves to be a good one.

29-10-18: Joffe Books have arranged for the first three Sophie Allen novels to be published as a box set, available on Kindle. A great bargain! I've been really pleased with the initial reviews for Shadow Crimes. Thanks to all readers.

October 27th 2018: Shadow Crimes was published on 26-10-2018 and has received very favourable reviews. If you like complex and realistic crime thrillers then this will prove to be a good read. Shadow Crimes takes Sophie Allen and her team back into mainstream crime-fighting, investigating a gang smuggling drugs, weapons and phones into prisons. Who are the shadowy figures running the operation?

Late September 2018: Novel 7 (Shadow Crimes?) is finished and is now safely in the hands of the editorial team at Joffe Books. Here's hoping it will be ready for a pre-Xmas launch. Meanwhile I've had an interesting idea for the next novel and have already set some ideas down.

August 2018: The past few weeks have gone really well and "Shadow Crimes" is coming together nicely. Another few weeks should see it finished.

July 2018: I'm making steady progress with novel 7 (possible title Shadow Crimes) and hope to have it finished ready for mid-autumn editing. As with most of my novels it has several plot strands, the most important of which is the smuggling of illegal items and goods into UK prisons. Lydia Pillay makes a long overdue return, along with Jimmy Melsom. Sophie gets a promotion and her mother gets married at last. Something for everybody?
I've added a third short story to this website. This one involves Sophie's husband, Martin Allen, and a curious situation at his school.

February 2018: I do read my Amazon reader reviews, most of which are very positive and encouraging. However I am somewhat surprised at the lack of social awareness that a few people show. One comment said: "Transgender people in the police?! Get real!" I don't really know what to say in response to such social ignorance. Don't these people ever read newspapers? Other people have had their views of detectives so distorted by the "maverick cop" role-model favoured by television and film drama, that they can't seem to cope with one who is fairly normal and has a middle-class background. My answer to them: just consider Cressida Dick, the current commissioner with the Met. A few readers even object to the fact that I include strong women among my main characters, as if such people don't exist in the real world. And we had a woman prime minister 40 years ago! Do some (mainly male) readers live in a world of constant denial?

January 2018: The reaction to Evil Crimes has continued to be very positive. I've had more email messages (most generated from the contact form on this website) for Evil Crimes than my other novels combined. It obviously hit a nerve with readers!
On a different note, I've started work on Novel 7. This is likely to return to more of a plot-based story than the character focus of Evil Crimes. Readers of my early novels will be glad to hear that Lydia Pillay makes a return, as does Jimmy Melsom. Lydia is now a Detective Sergeant in Bournemouth, working for Kevin McGreedie; Jimmy is her assistant.

December 2017: I've been thrilled by the positive early reviews for Evil Crimes. Some of the comments are humbling.

November 2017: We were aiming for a late November publication date for Evil Crimes, but recent tragic events in the Swanage area caused us to delay by a week. The publication date is now set for Friday, December 1st.

August 2017: I should have updated this News page before now, but didn't seem to have time. Anyway, the latest news is that I've finished novel 6, Evil Crimes, in the last few days. It's now with the team at Joffe Books. Maybe an autumn publication date?

January 2017: Joffe Books have managed to publish my fifth novel, Twisted Crimes, a week earlier than I expected. Well done to them! The first few reviews have been very good.

December 2016: My fifth novel, Twisted Crimes, is almost ready to go. It's been through the editing process and should be ready for publication in January 2017.

October 2016: Joffe Books have negotiated an audiobooks contract for my novels, with Cat Gould as the narrator.

Mid August 2016: Joffe Books have told me that in July I was a Kindle top 10 author in the UK, with three of my novels in the top 50 in the all-star charts. I've also learned that Dark Crimes was the number 2 Kindle book in Australia last week. I'd like to thank the staff at Joffe Books for their efforts, and all of my readers for continuing to buy my books. All the work becomes worthwhile when I read the overwhelmingly positive reviews on Amazon. It may be worth mentioning to readers that each novel takes about a year to write/edit/appear. Edison said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. I'm no genius, far from it, but the proportions seem to apply to my writing.

July 7th 2016: Buried Crimes, my fourth novel, was published today. The Joffe Books editorial team were enthusiastic about it, and my wife, Margaret, thinks it is my best. Let's hope the readers agree!

I've just learned that I was an Amazon top 100 author in the UK and DARK CRIMES and DEADLY CRIMES were top 50 books during May 2016. I'm thrilled by this news!

My third novel, Secret Crimes, was published by Joffe Books in May 2016 and received enthusiastic reviews from readers.

Deadly Crimes, the second novel in the DCI Sophie Allen series, has now been available for several months. Readers have started e-mailing me about it, which is thrilling.

The first novel in the series, Dark Crimes, has been available since mid-March and has been selling really well, with some encouraging reviews.

Readers of the second novel will spot that I occasionally include a little poetry where it has a natural place in the storyline. This happens again in the fourth novel, working title Buried Crimes.

My novels are available either in digital format for Kindle and other devices, or as paperbacks direct from Amazon.

Page updated: March 2021