“Let me entertain you” with Double Pursuit

I write because I want to entertain and intrigue people. I love telling a story and doing puzzles. Today, I’ve published my eleventh fiction book.

That’s enough about me!

But I do hope you find Double Pursuit entertaining. It isn’t the ‘Great British Novel’ although I hope it’s a bit more than a fluffy wham-bang adventure.

You know perhaps that I’m a ‘serial’ writer, so you’ll notice it follows Double Identity, but neither book depends on the other. Like the Roma Nova thrillers you’ll get a richer background if you read the earlier one, but you don’t have to in order to enjoy this one.

There’s event a little prequel to the series, that gives a clue to heroine Mel’s ‘pursuer’, and you can download that ‘The Sand Below Her Feet‘ free (along with a free Roma Nova story) when you subscribe to my newsletter.

In the meantime, enjoy Double Pursuit!
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She’s hunting arms smugglers. But who is hunting her?

One dead body, two badly injured operatives and five crates of hijacked rifles.

In Rome, former French special forces intelligence analyst Mélisende des Pittones is frustrated by obnoxious local cops and ruthless thugs. Despite the backing of the powerful European Investigation and Regulation Service, her case is going nowhere. Then an unknown woman tries to blow her head off.

As Mel and fellow investigator Jeff McCracken attempt to get a grip on the criminal network as well as on their own unpredictable relationship, all roads point to the place she dreads – the arid and remote African Sahel – where she was once betrayed and nearly died. Can Mel conquer her fear as she races to smash the network and save her colleague’s life?

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Published by Pulcheria Press 19 October 2021
Ebook: ISBN 9791097310301
Paperback: ISBN 9791097310318

Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers –  INCEPTIO, CARINA (novella), PERFIDITAS, SUCCESSIO,  AURELIA, NEXUS (novella), INSURRECTIO  and RETALIO,  and ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories.  Audiobooks are available for four of the series. Double Identity, a contemporary conspiracy, starts a new series of thrillers. Double Pursuit, the sequel is out on 19 October 2021.

Download ‘Welcome to Alison Morton’s Thriller Worlds’, a FREE eBook, as a thank you gift when you sign up to Alison’s monthly email newsletter. You’ll also be among the first to know about news and book progress before everybody else, and take part in giveaways.

I've joined the Crime Writers' Association!

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been accepted into the Crime Writers’ Association. You can guess what its members do…

Ever since INCEPTIO, since Karen Brown was targeted, kidnapped and threatened, there has been crime running through the Roma Nova thrillers. Our heroine even served as a policewoman, or custos as they say in Roma Nova. CARINA was a crime investigation with a conspiracy element, PERFIDITAS brought us back Apollodorus, the so charming criminal and Carina’s friend. SUCCESSIO was a mixture of crime, conspiracy and thriller.

Winding back to the late 1960s, in AURELIA we find silver smuggling, murder, trials, financial crime and conspiracy. NEXUS sees our heroine on a murder hunt while INSURRECTIO and RETALIO are about political crime, revolution and retribution. But each of these is tightly entwined with a strong thriller element bound with ties of military and espionage action.

My other series, the Mélisende thrillers, starts with murder and evolves into Mel’s involvement with the enigmatic European Investigation and Regulation Service and a certain Metropolitan Police detective…

All in all, it’s criminal that I didn’t join before 😉

So, who and what is the CWA?

You might have heard of Martina Cole, Lindsey Davis, Mick Herron, Barry Forshaw, Leigh Russell, Ian Rankin and Simon Scarrow. I’m honoured to be in their august company along with many other excellent crime and thriller writers of all types (a fair number of whom I know already – delighted!).

The CWA was founded in 1953  by John Creasey  and has provided over sixty years of support, promotion, and celebration of this most durable, adaptable, and successful of genres.  The association runs the prestigious Dagger Awards, which celebrate the best in crime writing, the Crime Readers’ Association and National Crime Reading Month.

Some of the things the CWA offers include:

  • Meeting and networking with other crime writers – both at events and virtually via their members-only Facebook page. I know how valuable this is from memberships in the Alliance of Independent Authors, the Historical Novel Society, International Thriller Writers and other associations
  • The pleasure of attending an annual conference, exclusively for CWA crime writers. I do like a good conference!
  • Discounts and special offers
  • Meeting publicists, journalists, bloggers, editors and other associate members at  events
  • A wide range of contacts in libraries and festivals, to help organise and publicise our own author events. (Won’t it be lovely to get back to real events in 2022!)
  • A monthly magazine, Red Herrings, and regular enewsletters full of news, events, and opportunities for crime writers
  • Selling our books and engaging directly with thousands of crime writing fans through their Crime Readers’ Association (CRA). As well as the website, where we can post blogs and have our books – complete with Amazon and Hive links – and profile featured in Find An Author, they send a regular newsletter featuring members’ news, and a bimonthly ezine with details of members’ new books, to a database of over 11,000 – all of which helps members to reach new audiences.

I’m only starting to explore the sites, magazines and groups, but I’ve posted my details and books on the CRA site: https://thecra.co.uk/find-an-author/morton-alison/  and joined the Facebook group.

I’m going to love interacting with the criminal minds especially the historical ones and the spy writers.

 

Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers –  INCEPTIO, CARINA (novella), PERFIDITAS, SUCCESSIO,  AURELIA, NEXUS (novella), INSURRECTIO  and RETALIO,  and ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories.  Audiobooks are available for four of the series. Double Identity, a contemporary conspiracy, starts a new series of thrillers. Double Pursuit, the sequel is out on 19 October 2021.

Download ‘Welcome to Alison Morton’s Thriller Worlds’, a FREE eBook, as a thank you gift when you sign up to Alison’s monthly email newsletter. You’ll also be among the first to know about news and book progress before everybody else, and take part in giveaways.

Mel and the Mediterranean

Avenue Foch, Montpellier (Photo: Jonaslange CC Commons Wikipedia)

(There is Roman stuff.)

Mel/Mélisende does a lot of travelling round in Double Pursuit, often on the TGV (train grande vitesse) the high speed train famous in France.

At a critical stage, she has to interview  ‘a person of interest’ in Montpellier, a beautiful city, only eleven kilometres from the Mediterranean. One of the most popular TV soap operas in France Un Si Grand Soleil known as USGS is based there. But Montpellier is  a bit more than a drama serial.

Sadly, it wasn’t Roman –  it was ‘missed’ by the Via Domitia, the great route from Italy along southern France to Spain. The nearest settlement was Sextantio, a mansio –  a stopover for travellers needing food and accommodation, and a change station for horses and chariots for public service couriers. Inscriptions and finds including mosaics usually reserved for public buildings or wealthy individuals people back this up.

Roman places mentioned: Sextantio, Sentius Mons and Agatha (Map from the Digital Atlas of the Roman World CC Commons licence)

 

In the Middle Ages, Montpellier was an important city belonging to the Crown of Aragon and before its sale to France in 1349. Established in 1220, the University of Montpellier is one of the oldest universities in the world and oldest medical school still in operation, with notable alumni such as Petrarch, Nostradamus and François Rabelais. Oh, and law. Above the medieval city, the ancient citadel of Montpellier is a stronghold built in the seventeenth century by Louis XIII of France.

Curious fact – it was the centre of the spice trade on France and supplied the royal court.

Since the 1990s, Montpellier has experienced one of the strongest economic and demographic growth in the country. 70,000 make up a quarter of its population, one of the highest  proportions in Europe. It enjoys  one of Europe’s largest pedestrian areas, a rich cultural life and Mediterranean climate and is ranked as a ‘Sufficiency’ city by the Globalisation and World Cities Research Network.

But Mel doesn’t really have time enjoy all this.

For Mel, it’s Montpellier station (left in the above photo), the St Roch multi-storey car park (centre) and the brasserie (right).

However, she has to drive to Sète, a gem on the Mediterranean coast, much visited by tourists. Known as the Venice of Languedoc and the singular island, it’s a port and a seaside resort on the Mediterranean with its own strong cultural identity, traditions, cuisine and dialect. The oldest form of the city’s name comes from Strabo, the 1st century CE Greek geographer who called it Sigion oros. Ptolemy (2nd century) referred to it as Sêtion oros  then a Festus Avienus, in the 4th century called it in Latin Setius mons. (Hooray!)

Anyway, back to the present day… Mel drives through the busy outskirts and across the metal bridge (centre of above photo) through the picturesque old town brimming with tourists – she manages not to run any over in her hurry – and then up on to Mont Saint-Clair, the prestigious wooded hill scattered with private villas (the hill rising to the left the original Roman Setius Mons)

Just in case she might be followed, she drives on to Agde on the narrow causeway between the huge Étang de Thau and the Mediterranean. Joy of joys, it has ancient history.

Agde is one of the oldest towns in France. Founded in 525 BCE as a Greek colony settled by Phocaeans from Massilia who traded in anything and everything. They exported grain, wool, basalt millstones and perhaps slaves and are said to have introduced olive oil and vine cultivation to southwestern France. And they there was that very valuable export – salt – produced the plentiful salt pans in the area. Fortunes were made, but then the Romans came along…

In 118 BCE, Roman consul Cneus Domitius Ahenobarbus led a campaign against the Allobroges to conquer southern Gaul . Domitius was active in the early development of southern Roman Gaul, establishing the first Roman colony at Colonia Narbon Martius, and sponsored projects such as the Via Domitia connecting Italy to Spain through southern Gaul.

Roman road

Part of the via Domitia (Author photo with, er, author)

Mel doesn’t see all the pleasures of Agde as she’s on the case, but I strongly recommend you to visit it as well as Montpellier and Séte.

 

Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers –  INCEPTIO, CARINA (novella), PERFIDITAS, SUCCESSIO,  AURELIA, NEXUS (novella), INSURRECTIO  and RETALIO,  and ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories.  Audiobooks are available for four of the series. Double Identity, a contemporary conspiracy, starts a new series of thrillers. Double Pursuit, the sequel is out on 19 October 2021.

Download ‘Welcome to Alison Morton’s Thriller Worlds’, a FREE eBook, as a thank you gift when you sign up to Alison’s monthly email newsletter. You’ll also be among the first to know about news and book progress before everybody else, and take part in giveaways.