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AJ. Griffiths-Jones

The author has been writing professionally since 2015 and already has six successful books to her name all of which come highly recommended by her readers. 

 

 

Prisoner 4374

Was Jack the Ripper Book of the Year 2016 

Awarded Reader's Favourite Five Star Seal (Amazon)

 

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 A.J. Griffiths-Jones

 

 

 



Black Sparrow by A.J. Griffiths-Jones

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07MGSWCKR/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1545710190&sr=8-7&keywords=A.J.+Griffiths+Jones

Black Sparrow Kindle Edition by A.J. Griffiths-Jones  

This is the story of how three people with different backgrounds finds themselves intertwined into each other's life in the city of Pairs.

You have the young Muslim women, running away from home to be with her lover, the businessman travelling abroad one last time, for one last job before retirement but what is his job and finally the hotel owner a secretive women with a mysterious past and who seems to know alot about the businessman and his job.

This author has done a great job of leaving the reader wondering what is going to happen right to the very last minute.

The story is well written and has a great twist at the end.

The only problem I found and what made reading difficult at times for me was the characters names but this was not the authors fault but my own as I have dyslexia making the pronunciations of the names very difficult for me.

I would definitely recommend this to mystery and thriller readers readers.



Evening everyone tonight I bring you a catch up interview with AJ Griffiths-Jones

Hi AJ great to have you back

Would you like to being by telling your readers what you have been working on over the last few months ?

For the past six months I’ve been busy working on a crime thriller, which has now been sent out to various publishing houses. I’m also still finishing off my recipe book & my children’s book project. Now that the novel is out of my hands, so to speak, I’m back to researching my ‘Jack the Ripper’ suspect. It’s hard work juggling everything but so rewarding.

Can we expect to see a new release from before the end of year ?

The simple answer is no. I won’t have any new releases this year as I still have lots of projects to finish. However, I will be doing lots of book signings & interviews over the next few months too.

What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?

I think the most important thing is to make your characters & their actions believable. Whether the reader loves or hates them, they have to be able to relate to why events are unfolding in a certain way & also to understand how characters feel about each other. I spend a lot of time thinking about my players in a book, their likes & dislikes, how they dress & their accents. It’s important.

What would you say are the upsides and downsides of being an author?

The upside, for me anyway, is being able to completely lose yourself in a plot & become so absorbed in writing a story that you can see it play out like a film. It’s exciting & pushes me to continue my profession. The downside is definitely the marketing as it’s so time-consuming & I don’t consider myself to be very tech savvy.

Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.

I read about three books a week & one a day when I’m on holiday. It’s very hard to pick my favourite authors as I love so many & read across lots of different genres. I love classics such as Charles Dickens, the brilliant mind of authors such as Kazuo Ishiguro & Paulo Coelho, but have recently discovered some great new authors such as Jack Strange, Jim Ody, Shani Struthers, Phil Price & Sarah England.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I read 50/50 ebooks & paperbacks or hardbacks.

Ebooks are convenient when I’m travelling but there’s no substitute for the feel of a book in your hand. If I had a choice my collection would only hold hard copies but I think my husband would have something to say about that!

I have to add that I’ve just finished my very first audiobook & really enjoyed it too.

One final question , who is the one author you would love to write the biography of ?

If I were to write an author biography it would be about a Chinese writer called ‘Xinran.’ I spent a decade living in Shanghai & I don’t think that the rest of the world realise how some of the more unsavoury aspects of tradition & culture over there still affect people’s everyday lives. Xinran started a radio show many years ago & asked Chinese women to phone in anonymously with their problems, which really highlighted their plight due to the one child policy over there. After writing several books on rather ‘touchy’ subjects, the government made Xinran’s life quite difficult & she emigrated to England. I really admire that she stood up to the authorities & helped those less fortunate than herself.

Thank you AJ

Thank you Susie, always a pleasure



The Expats by A.J Griffiths-Jones

 

The last in the series of cosy novels by author AJ Griffiths-Jones is now available for Kindle at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/ 

 Guest review by Peter Coombes

 This book follows Li Yang and her family. Li Yang who works for different family’s and you get to see the problems and fun of these people have. There some very interesting characters that she gets to work for also the book gives you a look into the different cultures between Li Yang and some of the people she works for here. I got to like Li Yang and could not wait to read the next bit to see who she would be working for next, and you do really get a feeling for her and the problems she has I think she would be a very nice person to meet if she was real plus the ending was so good this book is well-written and worth a read.

 

 

 



Interview with A.J Griffiths-Jones

Today I the  have the privilege of bringing you a interview with the lovely A.J Griffiths-Jones on her award-winning book Prisoner 4374 .

 So without further ado, hello and welcome to A.J and thank you for talking to me today . 

 Morning happy to take part.

 What were your goals and intentions for the book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?  

 My goal for the book was to prove Dr. Cream's whereabouts in 1888 once & for all. He's always been an unlikely suspect but the proof of him being in prison was never uncovered. I also wanted my readers to understand why he committed the crimes that he did & his reasoning.

 What was the hardest part of writing the book?

 The hardest part was writing the book in an autobiographical way. I chose that style in order to portray my subject as best as I could but sometimes it was really hard understanding his thinking. I wrote most of the book at night in candlelight & had photographs of Cream on my desk so that I could look into his eyes now and again.

 What did you enjoy most about writing the book?

 As is usual for me, I enjoyed the actual research beforehand. I love going through old records & every time I uncovered something new about Dr. Cream it was really exciting. Imagine how I felt when Joliet archives told me that Cream's prison file had been unopened for over a decade!

 How did you become involved with the theme of your book ?

  I've been interested in 'Jack the Ripper' since the mid 1980s when I lived in London. One particular factor that interested me was a witness statement mentioning a horseshoe tiepin, something that Dr. Cream wore often. With this in mind, I set about tracking his movements & the rest is history, so to speak.

  Thank you for taking to me today A.J and thanks for this fascinating insight into your work



The Circus by A.J. Griffiths-Jones

 
The Circus ' is the fourth book in the series of five cosy novels by author A.J. Griffiths-Jones. 
 

The year is 1985 and our host is Irish psychic Sheila Hannigan the resident fortune-teller and agony aunt of O'Hare's travelling circus. Continuing with the successfully format of the other three books we follow Sheila as she discovers the secrets of her fellow  performers, some of who's stories had me crying with laughter. As the story unfolds we discover Sheila herself has a secret from her past which she keeps hidden from her circus family . I highly recommend you buy the book and I promise if you do you won't be disappointed. Well done to the author on another successful book can't wait for the release of the final book in the series.  🎪

 



The Congregation by A.J Griffiths- Jones

The Congregation' is the third book in the series of five cosy novels by author A.J. Griffiths-Jones.

As with the previous two books the author sets the story in a new location and moves forward in time to a new decade. This time we are transported to the 1970s where a small mining town has just been appointed a new vicar. The main character in the book is Reverend Matthews, and as the story unfolds you begin to realise that it is not just his congregation who have secrets to hide. At the beginning of the book I enjoyed the character of Reverend Matthews but by the end of the book I wanted to bash him over the head with his own Bible. I highly recommend you read the book and find out for yourself the secrets within the mining town, and why I ended up with a dislike for the Reverend Matthews.

Available on Kindle and in paperback from Amazon⛪



The Seasiders by A.J Griffiths-Jones

In the second of A.J. Griffiths- Jones' cosy novels she moves forward in time to the 1960s where she places her story around a fictional seaside town. The main characters are Grace, who is a local hotel proprietor and old beyond her tender years, and Dick her husband who appears to be permanently in the doghouse. You follow both Grace and  Dick through their daily interactions with the local townsfolk, discovering along the way what secrets lay beyond their closed doors. As it turns out, it's Grace who has the biggest secret of them all. 🐟

A special mention has to be said for the character of Old Mrs Cole who I absolutely loved. Well done to the author on another fantastic book.



The Villagers by A.J Griffiths-Jones

This is the first in a series of five reviews on the cosy mystery novels by author A.J. Griffiths-Jones

 The first book is set in a small village during the 1950's. Olive, the central character, I have been told on good authority is based on the author's own grandmother. In the opening pages you meet Olive, her husband and their three children moving into the village. After meeting the family members you follow Olive and her family on their travels around the village meeting various colourful characters, all of whom have secrets to tell . Some of these secrets  you will find are very funny while others are very shocking. Without giving too much away, I say you will never eat a bacon sandwich or look at a meat pie again without remembering the characters in the book.🐖



Prisoner 4374 by AJ. Griffiths-Jones

Prisoner 4374 is the first book by new author AJ . Griffiths-Jones . I can honestly say the true crime reader won't be disappointed with this gripping account of the life and times of Dr.Thomas Neill Cream the Lambeth poisoner.The book is well researched and well written and I highly recommend you read it.

Spolier alert

A.J's book proves with little room for doubt that Dr.Thomas Neill Cream was not and could not have been Jack the Ripper. The book is made even more appealing my the way the author has chosen to write the book. She has given the book a unique perceptive by allowing Dr Cream to tell the reader his story from his point of view you. So if you haven't already, read the book and allow Dr Cream to take you on journey through his life that ultimately ends on the steps of the gallows.

 

 'Jack the Ripper Book of the Year 2016'

Awarded Reader's Favourite Five Star Seal (Amazon)

 

Available from https://www.amazon.co.uk