Mike Ripley - Author

About the Author

Mike Ripley was born in 1952. As well as being a noted critic and Lecturer in Crime Writing, he is the author of the 'Angel' series of crime novels, for which he has twice been the recipient of a Crime Writers' Association Award. Working with the Margery Allingham Society, he completed the Albert Campion novel left unfinished, Mr Campion's Farewell, and has written further continuation novels in the series.

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Mr Campion's Abdication

Mr Campion's Abdication

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/08/2018

Mr Campion's Abdication

Mr Campion's Abdication

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2018

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Author: Mike Ripley Format: eBook Release Date: 18/05/2017

An entertaining history of British thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed, in which award-winning crime writer Mike Ripley reveals that, though Britain may have lost an empire, her thrillers helped save the world. With a foreword by Lee Child. When Ian Fleming dismissed his books in a 1956 letter to Raymond Chandler as 'straight pillow fantasies of the bang-bang, kiss-kiss variety' he was being typically immodest. In three short years, his James Bond novels were already spearheading a boom in thriller fiction that would dominate the bestseller lists, not just in Britain, but internationally. The decade following World War II had seen Britain lose an Empire, demoted in terms of global power and status and economically crippled by debt; yet its fictional spies, secret agents, soldiers, sailors and even (occasionally) journalists were now saving the world on a regular basis. From Ian Fleming and Alistair MacLean in the 1950s through Desmond Bagley, Dick Francis, Len Deighton and John Le Carre in the 1960s, to Frederick Forsyth and Jack Higgins in the 1970s. Many have been labelled 'boys' books' written by men who probably never grew up but, as award-winning writer and critic Mike Ripley recounts, the thrillers of this period provided the reader with thrills, adventure and escapism, usually in exotic settings, or as today's leading thriller writer Lee Child puts it in his Foreword: 'the thrill of immersion in a fast and gaudy world.'In Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Ripley examines the rise of the thriller from the austere 1950s through the boom time of the Swinging Sixties and early 1970s, examining some 150 British authors (plus a few notable South Africans). Drawing upon conversations with many of the authors mentioned in the book, he shows how British writers, working very much in the shadow of World War II, came to dominate the field of adventure thrillers and the two types of spy story - spy fantasy (as epitomised by Ian Fleming's James Bond) and the more realistic spy fiction created by Deighton, Le Carre and Ted Allbeury, plus the many variations (and imitators) in between.

Angels and Others

Angels and Others

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/07/2015

Angel in the House

Angel in the House

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/07/2015

Angel Underground

Angel Underground

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2014

Lights, Camera, Angel

Lights, Camera, Angel

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2014

Mr Campion's Farewell

Mr Campion's Farewell

Author: Mike Ripley Format: eBook Release Date: 10/07/2014

The Golden Age of British Detective FictionThe idyllic English village of Lindsay Carfax isn't run by the parish council, the rating authority, the sanitary inspector nor the local cops as you might suppose. The real bosses are the Carders - something to do with wool, four hundred years back. They wound stuff on cards, I suppose. But these boys are very fly customers - they're right on the ball. Boiled down, it comes to this; they're a syndicate who run this place - which makes a packet - with their own rules. One way and another they probably own most of it."e; Thus ruminated Superintendent Charles Luke to Albert Campion who was contemplating visiting his wayward artistic niece in Carfax. And when a missing schoolteacher reappeared after nine days, and Campion's car was "e;inadvertently"e; damaged, not to mention Campion himself, then all the signs were that not all was what it seemed. Campion himself plays the central role in this quintessentially British mystery, but there are appearances too from all of Margery Allingham's regular characters, from Luke to Campion's former manservant Lugg, to his wife Lady Amanda Fitton and others. The dialogue is sharp and witty, the observation keen, and the climax is thrilling and eerily atmospheric.

Angel Touch

Angel Touch

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2014

That Angel Look

That Angel Look

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/08/2013

Legend of Hereward

Legend of Hereward

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/05/2013

Family of Angels

Family of Angels

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/05/2012

Angels in Arms

Angels in Arms

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/04/2012

Angel's Share

Angel's Share

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/11/2006

Roy Angel is slowly adjusting to the pressures of working at Rudgard & Blugden Confidential Investigations, although his Raymond Chandler 'training manuals' still haven't reconciled him to going to work every day. It would seem that Angel could take it easy with his latest case however; finding the retired Mr Ellrington's long-lost love shouldn't be too demanding, should it? Handling his partner Amy May, fashionista turned fearsome nesting mother-to-be, as well as his ailing father and his Page 3 girlfriend, might be another matter though. From meeting Huddersfield's very own Double-O-Seven, to getting entangled in a shootout where the OAPs are acting like kids, Angel's latest caper boasts a cast of unforgettable characters and the indefatigable humour that rightly makes Mike Ripley the King of Comedy Crime.

Angel Hunt

Angel Hunt

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2006

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