Mark Ellis – Writer in Residence

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Mark Ellis – Writer in Residence

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Date(s) - 23/09/2017
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Octavo's Book Cafe and Wine Bar


Mark EllisWe are delighted to welcome Mark Ellis as our Writer in Residence on Saturday 23rd of September. Please come and meet him, chat about writing and get a signed copy of his new book, Merlin at War.

Mark Ellis is a thriller writer and a former barrister and entrepreneur. He grew up in Swansea, under the shadow of his parents’ experience of the second world war. His father served in the wartime navy and his mother witnessed the bombardment of Swansea in 1941. Mark has always been fascinated by World War II and, in particular, the Home Front and the criminal activity which sprung up during wartime. He has written two previous DCI Frank Merlin novels, Princes Gate and Stalin’s Gold and is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association. He divides his time between homes in London and Oxford.

Praise for Mark Ellis

“Richly atmospheric… authentic… calls to mind Ken Follett, Alan Furst and PD James” – Joseph Finder

“Traditional well-plotted whodunit with a protagonist you will believe in and a plot that’s fresh and satisfying. A real treat.” – Oxford Mail

“Superb entertainment” – Eurocrime

“Nostalgia, sex and intrigue all rolled into one – great!” – 50Connect

“An interesting character and era… I’d like to read more” – Shots Magazine

“A real treasure” – Yorkshire Gazette

Merlin at War by Mark Ellis



Summer 1941. Four violent deaths, French double agents, daring fraud – DCI Frank Merlin sets out on his most complex case yet.

War rages across Europe. France is under the Nazi thumb. Britain has its back to the wall. In London, Scotland Yard detective Merlin investigates a series of disturbing events – a young girl killed in a botched abortion, a French emigré shot in a seedy Notting Hill flat, a mysterious letter written by a British officer, gunned down in Crete.

With action spanning Buenos Aires, New York, Cairo and Occupied France, Merlin and his team are plunged into a dark world of espionage, murder, love and betrayal.

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