Retired QC dips into espionage and conspiracy
A RETIRED solicitor, his attractive Chinese wife, a South African private detective and an irritating vicar.
These are just some of the colourful characters who appear in the latest novel penned by Cotswold author Martin Wilson.
Entitled Unbidden Guests, it tells the story of retired solicitor Frank Grinder and his attempts to settle down and write a book amidst a host of distractions.
The novel, which is described as “fast-paced” and “very funny”, is set in Cheltenham.
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Martin, himself a retired QC, said: “It’s about a retired solicitor who, like me, decides to write a book, recording the things he finds irritating.
“But he is constantly interrupted by members of his wife’s family who arrive for a holiday, and he also gets drawn into a supposed industrial espionage conspiracy.
“It’s very fast-moving and not to be taken too seriously.
“I’ve tried to capture the various different accents of the characters and it’s full of observational humour.
“The people who have read it say they have found it very funny.”
He added that Cheltenham was the ideal location for the story.
“I based it in Cheltenham because I felt it was perfect as a setting,” he said.
“I’ve got to know the town a bit over the last few years.
“It has a number of hotels which are referred to and is just the right size.”
The 300-page novel, which Martin has been working on over the past year, is a far cry from his previous life spent at the Bar since 1963.
Until three years ago, he specialised in criminal law, defending and prosecuting in murder, fraud and corruption cases and other serious crimes, in both England and Hong Kong.
He released his first novel The Little Book of Anger last year and says sales so far have been encouraging.
And he says since changing career he has never looked back.
“I do love writing full-time,” he added.
“I find it much more enjoyable than being buried under a pile of legal documents as tall as I am.
“I have always enjoyed writing and now I can do it at my own pace which is very rewarding.
“I’m hoping to release a sequel to this book too but we’ll have to see.”
Unbidden Guests is on sale in Waterstones for £8.99 and online at Amazon as an ebook. For more information go to www.troubador.co.uk.