Hi, my name is John Hardy and I write stories set in Andalucía, and I want to tell you a bit about myself and the stories.
I was born in 1934 in Marske-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire, England. I worked for many years as a quantity surveyor, before becoming a lecturer in building construction. After taking early retirement from lecturing at 52, I practised as a natural medicine practitioner in Essex and Cumbria, including homoeopathy, acupuncture and massage, specialising in allergies.
In 1989, my wife Wendy and I moved to Alston Moor in the North Pennines, where we opened a wholefood vegetarian guesthouse.
For the last 21 years, I have lived in the Axarquía in Spain, a region to the north east of Málaga. In the past, I had published a technical book on civil engineering measurement, and articles on natural medicine. When we first moved to Spain we spent the first winter fencing our land and then doing minor building works around the finca. These included such things as making a terrace and constructing a straw barn. I then started writing again, this time short fictional stories of crime and mystery set in this area, some of which were published in local magazines.
Some years ago, I developed age-related macular degeneration, and found it difficult to read books without magnification. A friend suggested I buy a kindle, because you can enlarge the print. I then discovered that you can self-publish through Amazon, and my first book Andalucían Mysteries was published in 2013. A second book, More Andalucían Mysteries, followed the next year, and both of these have been translated into German and Spanish.
The two English books have been combined and republished by Matador as one volume, Malaga Mysteries, which is available as an eBook and paperback directly from Matador and also through any bookshop, quoting ISBN 9781784622756. It can also be purchased from all Amazon platforms.
Malaga Mysteries is a collection of short stories of crime, mystery and suspense set in Southern Spain. Packed with tales of murder, extortion, robbery, obsession and people trafficking, all have a twist in the tail. They are also all written with a light touch and a dash of humour. The anthology gives a real flavour of Spain – from the beaches of the Costa del Sol to the mountainous hinterland. The day-to-day life, the celebrations and the interplay between the locals, expats and hordes of holidaymakers who together inhabit the region.
All the stories are set in actual situations, though some of them use fictitious names of villages, rather than their real ones. As an example of this, the bank and village described in ‘Bank Robbery’ actually exists as portrayed in the story, however the name and location of the village are fictional. Many of the events used in the stories are also based on actual incidents, some of which happened to, or were witnessed by myself, but once again the stories bear no relation to the factual occasion. An example of this is the bar in ‘The Vine’, where a local English resident was always given, as a wind-up by the barman, hot milk with her tea, not cold as she wanted.
There is also a third book of stories Twisted Tales which has some of the stories located in this region, and others set in the UK. This book is available from Amazon, as both an eBook and paperback.
Details of all the books can be found on my website where two free stories are also available, 6.10 from Darlington and The Othona Valediction. You can also follow me on facebook at John Hardy’s Mystery & Crime Books, or join the group John Hardys Books which is also on facebook.