THE coronavirus lockdown has resulted in a prolific spell of writing for one author.

John Murray, from Orford, previously released Double Entry and Old Money as part of his Accounting for Money series in recent years.

He drew on his decades of services working in finance for councils across Cheshire, Merseyside and Wales from the 1970s up until his retirement in 2011 – which often saw him tasked with investigating potentially fraudulent insurance claims –– in penning the murder mysteries.

Not only has he written a third entry in the series, New Money, during an enforced stay at home due to the Covid-19 outbreak, John has produced Down – A Cold Case in the Winter of Discontent, a novel set in Bristol in the late 70s, as well.

And if these two crime novels were not enough, he has also created a collection of historical short stories under a pseudonym.

John, who has also worked as a self-employed risk consultant, said: “Before lockdown, I had been working on several books but never seemed to be able to finish any.

“Once it began, I decided to focus on my writing and actually produce something.

“I have finished a third in the Accounting for Murder series, called New Money.

“It is set in the present, and I have included social distancing and the opening of the countryside in the narrative.

“I won’t publish it just yet, in case things change and I have to revise it to reflect a changed reality – I want it to seem real and contemporary.

“Although it’s not about the pandemic, it’s another murder mystery.”

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