A Bad Penny


I confess to a degree of disappointment. I had hoped that by dint of natural charm, long experience, literary genius and, it has to be admitted, a degree of cunning, I would have Jim Webster’s short work ‘A Bad Penny’ soaring through the best seller charts by now.

I confess as wondering why Jim took up my offer of assistance with such enthusiasm. Indeed not to put too fine a point on it, he dumped the whole job on me and wandered of whistling merrily to post trite blog posts about his walking tours!

If you can stand his self satisfied maundering, try https://jandbvwebster.wordpress.com/2016/10/22/on-the-road/


For myself I shall eschew such maudlin pleasures, some of us have work to do.

Not to put too fine a point on it, this may be your last chance to buy ‘A Bad Penny’ at my urging. A last chance to ensure that this Webster chap pays me some of the commission he promised me on the huge number of sales I assured him I was going to win for him.

So I urge you, buy it now, the clock is ticking, if purchased next week or next month it will not be credited to my account.


So what is this story? It is one of a collection of similar tales set in the great city of Port Naain. As Jim is proud of boasting, “Fantasy but I can guarantee that there are no elves, dwarves, hobbits or dragons.”

I’m not sure that’s entirely true, Lancet Foredeck isn’t the tallest of men, although whether you’d go so far as to call him a dwarf I wouldn’t know.

These tales are detective stories, mysteries which are unravelled by an itinerant cartographer called Benor, normally as a result of my sage advice.

It has to be said that Jim is unreasonably proud about the comment one reader made to him, that reading one of these stories was, “Like spending a weekend break in a pleasant foreign city, meeting strange and interesting people and acquiring lots of new friends.” Apparently they couldn’t wait for their next visit.


Anyway, stop procrastinating, wipe the smile of his smug face and just buy the book now. It’s available from all good ebook vendors, try





15 thoughts on “A Bad Penny

  1. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    I’ve already fought my way through the screaming throng of Amazon customers besieging the online store here in UK and bought my copy to show the Newspaper and Television Reporters (wherever they are) 😀
    Be warned – This book is also available in USA, Canada, Australia, India and every other Amazon online outlet worldwide, so there’s NO ESCAPE!!!
    The only way to save yourself is to buy your own copy, read and review it . . .

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’d have thought you’d have had ‘your people’ collect a copy for you, but it’s just like Good ole Chris, not too proud to get down in the dust and strife with the rest of us wee folk 🙂

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