A criminal underworld at the heart of which lies a conspiracy.


Book 1 – Beginnings

Cover image for SAME FACE DIFFERENT PLACE Beginnings, thriller set in 1970s London.When sixteen year old Eleanor Chapman returned home for the school holidays, she never expected her life to spin out of control. She had no idea her father was mixed up in organised crime nor that a series of unforeseen events would pitch her into an ultimate game of cat and mouse.

Step into the criminal underworld of the 1970s.

When a turf war forces Oliver to go underground, Eleanor is left behind where she falls into the hands of dangerous people. Whilst in captivity, she stumbles across a mysterious prisoner. His name is Jake, a rock musician from Holland and he has a contract on his life.

As two young people, thrown together by fate they find love. It doesn’t take long for Eleanor to realise that she will do anything to keep Jake alive.

Forced to exist on a knife edge, they are desperate to escape from London.
Will they outrun the deadly gangland villains who stalk them?
Or are the people at the top more powerful than they think?

Inspired by the violent criminal underworld of Martina Cole and the strong characters who would expect in a Leslie Pearse novel, Beginnings has been described as an emotional roller coaster and with elements of high tension that make it difficult to put down.


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Some locations in the book, Beginnings are purely fictitious though much of the setting was real as shown in these photographs (click to enlarge): Left – Right: Waterloo Station; Nijmegan, Holland (Jake’s homeland); and Commercial Road, East London, location where a gripping chase takes place, around Poplar, East London.

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I have to say this is one of the best books I have ever read! Not only was it an exciting page turner, it was the most heart-felt love story…. | click here to see the review |

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