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Excellent news! My next “Palermo” story, Still Waters, Tough Love has been accepted by Andrew Rosenheim, Amazon’s head of Amazon Singles. It’s a new story featuring some characters from my earlier short story, “Under the Wide Palermo Sky”. I’m hoping to write a series of Palermo stories, each one a stand alone but also developing a Mafia Family dynasty, and their police opponents.


Still Waters, Tough Love deals with the revenge of Gina Gambardo as she infiltrates the Mafia Family responsible for the death of her twin sons. It’s full of intrigue, double dealing and people who cannot be trusted at any time. Will Gina succeed in her aim or will she too become a victim?


The Mark of Pain is a tale of pain, suffering, and great human conflict but it is also an uplifting story of salvation and redemption. Adam Hope, an African trader still trying to come to terms with the horrors of The First World War, encounters Albert Schweitzer, who was to become one of the most celebrated humanitarians of the twentieth century for his work in the leper colony and hospital he set up at Lambarene. The Mark of Pain tells the graphic story of what happened when these two very different men met up and worked together to avoid a tragedy.

Also available from Seren publishing

"The Lost Ones is the new masterpiece from Roger Granelli, the best-kept secret in Welsh thriller writing. The stunning sequel to Dead Pretty, it is the second book featuring private eye Mark Richards.


Mark Richards has returned to work with the Half Moon Detective agency, thinking his ordeal is over. He could not be more wrong. He has half a million pounds worth of illicit diamonds in his possession - the cause of all his problems in Dead Pretty - and the Albanian gangsters who originally owned them still want them back. They also want Mark dead.


Mark takes an agency job to search for JJ, a six years old boy who disappeared from a south Wales housing estate six months ago. Mark’s own brother Shane disappeared at a similar age twelve years ago and was never found so this job has a very personal resonance for Mark.


Complicated lives and situations collide - and a bloody and high octane climax is played out amidst the wide-open landscape of Lindisfarne, culminating on the battlements of Lindisfarne Castle.


A stunning new book from Roger Granelli, the Welsh thriller master."

"The Lost Ones", the sequel to "Dead Pretty" is now available as an Amazon e-book

My first book "Crystal Spirit" is due for release as an ebook from Amazon

"Dead Pretty" has hit the No.2 spot in the Amazon Charts!

My first novel dealt with a subject close to my heart.


Amongst my influences have been a number of writers, chiefly George Orwell, whose exploits in the Spanish Civil War are well documented. My high school French teacher Morien Morgan (husband of noted Welsh writer and academic, Elaine Morgan) was a veteran of the international brigade in this conflict which is now seen by many historians as something of a live rehearsal for the the later conflict now known as World War 2.


I had long wanted to tell the story of the war as it was seen through the eyes of one such idealistic adventurer and with Morien's help as advisor and mentor, Crystal Spirit was born.


Students of Orwell will recognise the title from the last line of an untitled (by Orwell) poem he wrote in memory of the anonymous Italian soldier who welcomed him to the ranks of the International Brigade and who, for Orwell, exemplified the people for whom the conflict was a personal struggle for freedom but who were also the principal casualties.

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My latest novel, Dead Pretty, is now available as a Kindle edition priced at £6.83. Get the kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and Mac OSX and Windows desktop computers here Get Kindle app


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I am now represented by Ed Wilson, of the London literary agency, Johnson and Alcock


H.E.Bates was an early influence of mine and I am pleased to discover that Old Friends, my entry in the H.E. Bates short story competition, has been short-listed.


I've recently been busy doing some work with prisons, leading workshops and discussion group with inmates interested in literature and I plan to develop these activities further in the new year.


Status Zero

Crystal Spirit

Resolution

Dark Edge

The last of my Seren of my novels converted to ebook format is Status Zero, which was the first introduction to Mark Richards, the protagonist of Dead Pretty and The Lost Ones.


The novel is effectively a prequel to Dead Pretty and fills in many of the gaps in Mark Richards back story. This in response to many of the questions raised and requests received from readers of Dead Pretty

In September 2013 my first Amazon Single was published. Pushover is the story of two cultures coming together with violent and tragic consequences.


Elkins arrived in Cardiff in 1946, a refugee from the Holocaust. Now an old man, he's weighed down with a survivor's guilt, haunted by his memories. Kev and Dean are football hooligans, drunk on cheap lager and easy violence. The season is nearly over, and they need a way to fund their summer. A chance encounter causes these three lives to come crashing together one fateful night.


Pushover went to the No.1 slot in Amazon's short stories in its first week!

In September 2013 my first Amazon Single was published. Pushover is the story of two cultures coming together with violent and tragic consequences.


Elkins arrived in Cardiff in 1946, a refugee from the Holocaust. Now an old man, he's weighed down with a survivor's guilt, haunted by his memories. Kev and Dean are football hooligans, drunk on cheap lager and easy violence. The season is nearly over, and they need a way to fund their summer. A chance encounter causes these three lives to come crashing together one fateful night.


Pushover went to the No.1 slot in Amazon's short stories in its first week!

Here is the new cover for my next Amazon Single, Under the Wide Palermo Sky, which should be available in September.


This is a hard-hitting Mafia tale about Sicilian twin brothers trying to make a name for themselves in the dangerous underworld of Palermo.


Murder and treachery abound, topped off by a touch of fratricide. It features very dramatic set pieces in Palermo then the action moves by sea to Libya, with very bloody consequences.


This is a very different story to Pushover and I hope the many of you who downloaded Pushover will enjoy this one as well.


“Two men can always keep a secret, as long as one of them is dead…”

Fresh from the success of Granelli's best selling trilogy featuring the memorable Mark Richards comes his first stand alone novel for some years and Alibi For A life  does not disappoint. It is Granelli's most dynamic and hard-hitting work yet.


Follow the deranged Jack Radle, ex Special Forces veteran, as he creates of trail of havoc, destruction and carnage throughout the UK, targeting the banks and financial sector he thinks are responsible for the death of his wife and children. Two of Radle's old comrades, Shaun Maddocks and Dominic Evers, now working as freelance hit-men, are contracted to hunt down the maniacal Radle.


After a high- octane chase amidst wild Welsh terrain Maddocks and Evers finally catch up with their man and Alibi For A Life reaches a tremendous and explosive climax but, ultimately, are Maddocks and Evers the hunters or the hunted?


Alibi For A Life is much more than just another action thriller, it offers a subtle examination of lives gone wrong and the  sometimes intolerable pressures of modern life in a way that leaves stark images in the mind which will take a long time to fade.

This is the third book in the “Palermo” series and the action’s heating up as the internecine struggles of the mafia Families become increasingly violent.


It’s a tale of revenge and double-dealing. Primo wants to avenge the murder of his father, Gina of her lover, whilst a war between two Families breaks out.


No-one can be trusted, no-one is safe, anything can happen, and certainly does.

A Reason to Fear

A Reason to Fear is the fourth story in Granelli’s exciting Palermo crime series and is the most intense and dramatic yet.


Inspector Carlo Carpanini is in his tightest spot ever. His young son Piccolo has been kidnapped on the orders of a mafia Don, whilst Carlo is trying to catch The Watchmaker, a serial killer who stalks the streets of Palermo, collecting the body parts of his victims.

Carlo and his trusted sergeant Leo face a race against time to save Piccolo, played out against a backdrop of some of Granelli’s most memorable characters: Luca Morelli, the crazed homophobic butcher, Frankie Nero, the psychotic Mafia hit man, and Conti, the desperate lawyer who will stop at nothing to save himself.


Two story lines race along in parallel lines until they collide in a breathlessly powerful climax.