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Bryan J Mason

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Bryan J Mason wrote Shaking Hands with the Devil, a black comedy about a serial killer in the late 1980s, but put it away in a drawer after his agent Carolyn Whitaker from London Independent Books narrowly failed to get it published. He concluded that he was a failed author. However each time he read the manuscript he was surprised to find that he still found it funny. He finally got published after firmly placing the action in the late ʼ80s and early ʼ90s for today’s reader.

He has worked as a brush salesman and rent collector, made sound effects for BBC Radio and been a tax inspector and occasional actor. He writes regular theatre reviews for StageTalk Magazine and Bristol 24/7.

He is delighted to have signed a two book deal with SpellBound Books and his new novel, An Old Tin Can, featuring a Jewish detective investigating serial killings in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, will be published in 2024.

He lives in Bristol with his wife and has two children in their twenties.

Other Awards

Nominated for CrimeFest 2022 Last Laugh Award

Nominated for CrimeFest 2022 Debut Novel Award

Books by Bryan J Mason

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