The Note – Latest News

I have some good news to share.

In celebration of The Note being in the Hot New Release chart – right now it’s #5 in the United States, and here in the UK, it’s sandwiched between Ragnar Jonasson and Val McDermid – I’m dropping the price to 99cents/99pence until the end of May.

In the twenty-one days since its release, The Note has done phenomenally well, and readers like you have loved the story enough to give some quite spectacular reviews*. People have taken this little book to their hearts, and I’d like to see the momentum continue by offering it for as little as possible to those who’ve yet to experience it.

The Note is exclusive to Amazon.

To grab your copy in the US, click here.

To grab your copy in the UK, click here.

To grab your copy everywhere else, click here.

If you’ve already read and enjoyed The Note, please do me a huge favour and leave your review. The number of reviews and the overall rating really makes a huge difference; if it comes to Amazon’s attention, they’ll help with advertising and marketing, and of course it’ll help other potential readers take a closer look too.

If you’ve left your review in your home country, thank you, but would you be kind enough to copy it across to Amazon’s UK site?

Please click here to leave your review.

The Note has 96 reviews in the UK (average 4.8). Let’s see if we can break the 100 barrier. How about the 120 barrier? We can do this with your help.

In the last email, I said I would give away a paperback copy to two people who’d been kind enough to leave a comment on any Amazon site. I’m extending it until the beginning of June to give people more chance. And I’ll be giving away three copies, not two – chosen at random.

*Here’s a selection of some of the latest reviews.

  • Despite being only a short story, this is one of the most enjoyable crime thrillers I have read. Lots of suspense and humour from Eddie’s point of view, and nice twists at the end.
  • A very clever play with words combined with complex but believable characters kept me enraptured from start to finish.
  • Loved it, it’s use of a mixed ensemble of characters even down to grammar correction, had me spellbound but laughing simultaneously. Thoroughly enjoyable and recommend to all
  • I am not usually a fan of short stories, just as you are getting into them, they are over. This one is different, the compelling storyline immediately drags you in and hits you with twist after twist, and with the dark humour of Eddie Collins thrown in, you will not be able to put it down! This is easily the best short story I have read and would recommend it to anyone, The climax is quite brilliant!
  • Loved this short story!! It was full of twist and turns and heart pounding action. I love any story that makes your adrenaline start racing and The Note did this to me. Andrew Barrett is an amazing writer and anyone who likes a book you can’t put down this one is for you.

There are dozens and dozens more. Please hop over to your local Amazon store here and take a look.

That’s all from me for now. I’ll be back again in a week or two, and I’ll share with you news of how The Note has progressed. I sincerely hope it will be good news, and I know with your help it can be.

I wish you a wonderful weekend filled with sunshine, happiness, and reading.


Price Drops and News

We got drenched at Whitby yesterday, but it didn’t stop us building sandcastles on the deserted beach. Today is beautiful though so I envisage a squelch through the mud in our local woodland.

I have a few items of news for you today that might make for a great weekend if you’re struggling for something to read.

For the first and possibly the last time, I’m promoting CSI Eddie Collins’s first two books simultaneously. So you can get hold of The Third Rule and Black by Rose for 99cents/99pence each at Amazon, Kobo, B&N, and iBooks. That’s a 600-page epic and a detailed 5-star read for less than the price of a coffee. I should point out that this offer won’t be available for long, and it’s unlikely I’ll run it again.

You can get your copies here…

The Third Rule at Amazon US

The Third Rule at Amazon UK

The Third Rule at Amazon worldwide

The Third Rule at all other retailers

Black by Rose at Amazon US

Black by Rose at Amazon UK

Black by Rose at Amazon worldwide

Black by Rose at all other retailers

I also want to thank you for your support in launching Eddie’s new short story, The Note. In just over two weeks, it has 108 reviews in the US, and 91 in the UK, both with a staggering 4.8 average.

It blazed a trail right into the top of the Hot New Release chart in the UK and the US on the day it was launched, 5th May. And it’s still in that chart today. It has some wonderful reviews too and has really struck a chord with readers worldwide.

I wasn’t going to give notice of its price increase, but I think it only fair, especially since we have an influx of new members to the Reader’s Group recently.

Without doubt this has been one of the best book launches I’ve ever had, and the book wouldn’t have been so very popular without your help, thank you!

The Note is exclusive to Amazon and is available in Kindle Unlimited.

If you don’t already have The Note in ebook, now is your chance to add this to your weekend reading list while it’s still less than a dollar/pound, and see why a top 50 reviewer is calling The Note one of the most enjoyable crime thrillers he has read.

The Note at Amazon US

The Note at Amazon UK

The Note at Amazon worldwide

Have you heard of The Kindle Storyteller? It’s a competition run in the UK by Amazon and is open to newly published stories until 19th May. I’ve entered The Note but it could do with your help to get it recognised by the judges.

Reviews play a very important part and so I’d ask that if you’ve read The Note could you please leave a review here and just scroll to ‘Write a customer review’. It doesn’t have to be a long review, just a line or two, and will make all the difference.

If you’re kind enough to leave a comment on any of the Amazon sites after having read The Note, you will be entered into a draw to win one of two signed paperback copies. I’ll publish the winning comments (drawn by Ellie, my two-year-old daughter) in the next newsletter and will ask the winners to get in touch by email with their postal address within two weeks from the date of the newsletter. Good luck, and a sincere thanks for your support.

Last month was very special for me. I was awarded a Long Service medal by West Yorkshire Police for 20 years’ as a CSI (it’s actually 21 years now!). I never thought I’d make it this far, and if I’m honest it doesn’t seem 20 years since I joined up – that’s how much this career eats away at life. It’s been a tremendously rewarding time, and I feel very proud to work for UK law enforcement.

I’ve been trying to find a photograph of my first days in the service, but it looks like my computer ate them all!



The Note

Coming soon, The Note.

“Sarcasm and black humour, action aplenty, this is a winner.”

I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed writing CSI Eddie Collins’ new short story. Well, actually I can, and so I shall. I wrote The Lift in 2015 and got a kick out of my first real attempt at writing in first person. After the launch of Ledston Luck earlier this year, I thought it time I revisited a short I’d written at the back end of 2016. This became known as The Note.

“There is a lot of dark humour in this which had me laughing aloud.”

I enjoyed reading it, and was quite fired up by the whole story-line, and the characters who come out to play with Eddie.

I made some amendments – made the ending less abrupt, and generally tidied it up. It’s twice as long as The Lift, and for me it’s twice as enjoyable.

“Power-packed, explosive introduction to Eddie Collins.”

Back in 2015 I found the whole idea of writing a short story daunting. It’s very different from writing a novel, having to keep your eye on one character and keeping the arcs short, the focus tight, and the theme in mind, really concentrates your mind. Add to that the complexities of writing in first person and you get an instant buzz.

The Note is jam packed with drama, hard hitting and often brutal scenes, twists and turns abound make this a highly charged story.”

And so, it seems, have many other people. I sent it to my readers last week, and the response has been nothing short of phenomenal. I’m really grateful to them; they have given me the confidence to think about next year’s short, and removed any doubt I had that people don’t like short stories.

“The story was gripping, the emotional turmoil facing Eddie was palpable throughout. You felt the tense nervousness gripping him over the few short hours the story covers. The dialogue is believable, clear, without affectations and not contrived.”

Friday 5th May 2017 – launch day.