Author of the DS Lasser crime series,
the DS Marnie Hammond crime series and several standalones.
Meet Robin Roughley
Robin Roughley hails from the town of Wigan in the North-West of England and is the author of the hugely popular D.S. Lasser crime series. Prior to writing about Lasser he produced four plays that would fall into the dark comedy category, two of which were showcased at theatres in Manchester and Yorkshire.
From there, he has gone on to self-publish over forty books, twenty-nine of which are in the hugely popular D.S. Lasser crime series and is currently working on number thirty. It is this series that has won him not only the title Amazon All-Star Winner but also the UK Crime Book Club, Author of the Year award. This is as well as gaining over 5000 great reviews on Amazon for his works. Whilst many will recognise The Needle House as the first in this popular series, there is Lasser Beginnings, a short story from way back. Even then, Lasser was showing the characteristics that he has since perfected, together with the burgeoning conscience that now has set up home in his head.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Robin has also gone on to self-publish a number of short series titles, most notably The Marnie Hammond series. These have been released under the original versions of the D.S. Marnie Hammond series, now named Whippersnapper, Rain of Souls and Day Is Done. This, together with the Plymouth series, Dapple Dyke series and Tunny series are all on the ever growing list of short series titles by Robin.
Robin likes to break away at times and write some stand-alone titles. These include ones such as Pinches of Salt and Imprint of the Past, with the newest release, Never to be Told.
And just when you thought you could take a breather, Robin has now released his newest title, None, which was picked up by a publisher for release. What happens when two misfits cross paths in life who only have one thing in common, murder? Terrifying is the only way you can describe it.
All of these are now available on Amazon for purchase or download.
Finally, for the eagled eyed ones out there, you might have spotted the free title, Missing Macie on Robin’s website, as well as the one-off Lasser Christmas special, Bah Humbug.
If you like your crime to be hard hitting and gritty with an assortment of characters that feel like friends then feel free to jump in at the deep end.
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Mark Tilbury has generously written a superb review of Tunny. This was unsolicited and came as a shock to Robin, but a very lovely shock.
Mark Tilbury Review
I'm nearing the end of Tunny by Robin Roughley and in all my 59 years on this earth I've never read such a heartbreaking, disturbing, yet thoroughly absorbing book. God only knows why this is this the first book of yours I've read Robin!
I had seen recommendations of this book online, thought it looked like my cup of tea and got myself a copy. It's now got a place in my top 5 books. The recommendations did warn of the harsh and brutal treatment endured by many of the characters, and although I've read books on the same topic, I know that what happened in the story will stay in my mind for a long time. This may be fiction, but unfortunately similar situations happen in reality.
What makes this story stand out are the different points of view of, the police (mainly Tunny,) the abused, and the abusers. I felt sick reading the main abuser's POV, how normal, how exciting they found it. Then I was feeling angry on behalf of all the youngsters being abused in the most horrific ways imaginable.
The person Tunny was trying to identify had my full support and encouragement throughout the book. Some may say two wrongs don't make a right, but unless you've been in a similar situation you don't know what you may decide to do. From an outsider's perspective though, their actions were completely understandable.
Tunny is a great detective. He won't take shit from anyone and doesn't suffer fools. When he realises the motivation behind the killings he's investigating, he's torn. He has to try and stop another murder - it's his job, whilst also seeing how it is deserved.
This book doesn't make for comfortable reading, but it's not supposed to. It shines a light on the consequences of child abuse which Roughley exposes in poignant and heartbreaking ways.
My book of 2020.