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Roy Lewis was a British author. Born in 1933 in Rhonnda, Glamorganshire in the UK, Lewis wrote mysteries. A former student at Bristol, Exeter, and Durham Universities, his resume includes stints at the Association of Law teachers (where he was chairman) and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries.
Order of Arnold Landon Series
|1||A Gathering of Ghosts / Murder in the Barn||1983||Description / Buy|
|2||Most Cunning Workmen / Murder in the Manor||1985||Description / Buy|
|3||A Trout in the Milk / Murder in the Farmhouse||1986||Description / Buy|
|4||Men of Subtle Craft / Murder in the Stableyard||1987||Description / Buy|
|5||The Devil is Dead / Murder in the Church||1989||Description / Buy|
|6||A Wisp of Smoke / Murder in the House||1992||Description / Buy|
|7||A Secret Dying / Murder in the Tower||1993||Description / Buy|
|8||Bloodeagle / Murder Under the Bridge||1993||Description / Buy|
|9||The Cross Bearer / Murder by the Quay||1994||Description / Buy|
|10||A Short-Lived Ghost / Murder at the Folly||1995||Description / Buy|
|11||Angel of Death / Murder in the Field||1996||Description / Buy|
|12||Suddenly as a Shadow / Murder in the Cottage||1997||Description / Buy|
|13||The Shape-Shifter / Murder at Haggburn Hall||1998||Description / Buy|
|14||The Ghost Dancers / Murder on the Golf Course||1998||Description / Buy|
|15||An Assumption of Death / Murder on the Dawn Princess||2000||Description / Buy|
|16||Dead Secret / Murder in Wolfcleugh Woods||2001||Description / Buy|
|17||The Ways of Death / Murder at Abby Head||2002||Description / Buy|
|18||Headhunter / Murder in the South of France||2004||Description / Buy|
|19||Grave Error / Murder in Rome||2005||Description / Buy|
|20||Dragon Head / Murder in China||2007||Description / Buy|
|21||Shadowmaker / Murder in La Rochelle||2009||Description / Buy|
|22||Goddess of Death / Murder in Valencia||2012||Description / Buy|
Order of Eric Ward Series
|1||A Certain Blindness / The Sedleigh Hall Murder||1980||Description / Buy|
|2||Dwell in Danger / The Farming Murder||1982||Description / Buy|
|3||A Limited Vision / The Quayside Murder||1983||Description / Buy|
|4||Once Dying, Twice Dead / The Diamond Murder||1984||Description / Buy|
|5||A Blurred Reality / The Geordie Murder||1985||Description / Buy|
|6||Premium on Death / The Shipping Murder||1986||Description / Buy|
|7||The Salamander Chill / The City of London Murder||1988||Description / Buy|
|8||A Necessary Dealing / The Apartment Murder||1989||Description / Buy|
|9||A Kind of Transaction / The Spanish Villa Murder||1991||Description / Buy|
|10||A Form of Death / The Marriage Murder||2001||Description / Buy|
|11||The Nightwalker / The Wasteful Murder||2002||Description / Buy|
|12||Phantom / The Phantom Murder||2003||Description / Buy|
|13||Dead Man Running / The Slaughterhouse Murder||2003||Description / Buy|
|14||Embers of the Dead / The Tattoo Murder||2005||Description / Buy|
|15||Death Squad / The Football Murder||2007||Description / Buy|
|16||Guardian of the Dead / The Tutankhamun Murder||2008||Description / Buy|
|17||Design for Murder / The Zodiac Murder||2010||Description / Buy|
Order of Inspector John Crow Series
|1||A Lover Too Many||1969||Description / Buy|
|2||Error of Judgment||1971||Description / Buy|
|3||A Secret Singing / The Woods Murder||1971||Description / Buy|
|4||Blood Money / Murder for Money||1973||Description / Buy|
|5||A Question of Degree / Murder in the Mine||1974||Description / Buy|
|6||A Part of Virtue / A Cotswolds Murder / A Dartmoor Murder||1975||Description / Buy|
|7||Nothing But Foxes / A Fox Hunting Murder||1977||Description / Buy|
Order of Roy Lewis Standalone Novels
|1||A Wolf by the Ears||1970||Description / Buy|
|2||The Fenokee Project||1971||Description / Buy|
|3||A Fool for a Client (Short Story)||1972||Description / Buy|
|4||Of Singular Purpose (Short Story)||1973||Description / Buy|
|5||Double Take||1975||Description / Buy|
|6||Witness My Death||1976||Description / Buy|
|7||A Distant Banner||1976||Description / Buy|
|8||An Uncertain Sound||1978||Description / Buy|
|9||An Inevitable Fatality||1978||Description / Buy|
|10||A Violent Death||1979||Description / Buy|
|11||Seek for Justice||1981||Description / Buy|
|12||The Secret of Skull Island (Short Story)||2008||Description / Buy|
|13||Murder in Malacca (Short Story)||2008||Description / Buy|
|14||Dead Ringer||2011||Description / Buy|
|15||The Paduan Conspiracy / Cardinal Obsession||2012||Description / Buy|
|16||The Lady and the Lawyers||2012||Description / Buy|
|17||Cardinal Error (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|18||Breaths of Suspicion||2013||Description / Buy|
|19||A Fugitive Englishman||2014||Description / Buy|
|20||Shadows of the Past||2017||Description / Buy|
|21||A Distant Bugle||2017||Description / Buy|
Order of Roy Lewis Short Stories/Novellas
|1||Brought to Justice (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|2||The Golden Caverns (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|3||The Undertakers (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|4||Command of the Sea Tiger (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|5||Death in the Desert (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
Order of Roy Lewis Short Story Collections
|1||Skin Deep (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|2||The Chill of Death (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
Order of Roy Lewis Non-Fiction Books
|1||Certain Private Incidents||2013||Description / Buy|
The author spent ten years teaching Law. When he wasn’t working at the Wigan College of Technology (Principal), the author was writing law texts. By the time he died, Lewis had written dozens of crime novels.
The most notable books featured Inspector Crow as a protagonist. The character stood out to critics because of his wry perspective on life in the English Countryside.
Lewis also created Eric Ward, a police officer that abandoned law enforcement when his eyesight declined. The author’s characters are lively, and his ability to create a sense of place is second to none.
Lewis did not wholly abandon the Law. Even after taking an interest in crime fiction, he continued to pen articles about the law, covering legal history.
The author was fascinated by scandals from the Victorian era. He would read about the life and legal woes of the people in Victorian Northumberland.
Best Roy Lewis Books
The author lived a rich life. Besides writing fiction and nonfiction, he had business interests in places like Singapore. Lewis’s best books include:
The Sedleigh Hall Murder: Eric Ward was a policeman. But his time in law enforcement ended abruptly when a glaucoma diagnosis proved too prohibitive. Fortunately, Eric was not out of options.
He had a sharp mind, which he used to explore the legal field. The attorney was still trying to find his footing at a law firm when he landed two interesting cases.
One case revolved around Arthur Egan’s estate. The man was a murderer. Or, at the very least, the courts had convicted him of manslaughter. The other case forced Eric to dig into the holdings of Lord Malcomb.
On the surface, the two cases seemed reasonably straightforward. More importantly, they had nothing to do with each other. But once Eric began to dig, he found evidence suggesting that Eric and Malcomb’s affairs were actually intertwined.
Additionally, from what he could see, Egan was not the murderer everyone claimed he was. A grave injustice had been done, and Eric’s moral compass wouldn’t permit him to sit back and do his job as his employers had instructed. The lawyer was determined to take action.
This book is the first introduction of Eric Ward. Initially published under the ‘A Certain Blindness’ title, the novel takes readers to a time before forensic tools like DNA testing existed.
Without smartphones and computers, Eric must rely on his wit as he attempts to make sense of the mystery surrounding Egan, a man who was potentially framed for manslaughter.
Eric is stubborn. His superiors want him to move on. They don’t want the attorney to waste the firm’s resources on a fruitless undertaking. But Eric is determined to investigate.
A Lover Too Many: Peter Marlin kept insisting that he was innocent. Someone had strangled his wife to death, and Peter was the obvious suspect. People couldn’t help but look at him because his wife had been absent for so long.
No one had bothered to explain her absence. If that wasn’t enough, Peter had already embraced a new lover by the time his wife returned. He had plenty of reasons to want her dead.
But did that make him a killer? Inspector John Crow was tasked with finding out. The mild-mannered fellow was stationed in London, working for the Murder Squad.
But no one welcomed his visits to Wales and the Midlands. The regional crime squads saw his presence as an intrusion and did not hesitate to let him know that he wasn’t wanted.
Fortunately for Crow, his will was strong enough to weather the opposition. He also possessed strong moral feelings that wouldn’t permit him to abandon a case simply because the regional police wanted the outsider to stay away.
‘A Lover Too Many’ is the first book in the Inspector John Crow series. The novel is set in an era before modern investigative tools existed. As such, Crow must solve cases by collecting clues and interviewing suspects.
When Does The Next Roy Lewis book come out?
Roy Lewis doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is A Distant Bugle and was released on December, 29th 2017.