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Good Investigations

She's blonde. She’s clever. She’s in his office. London based PI David Good doesn’t stand a chance.

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Meeting the perfect woman can have its downsides, as London based PI David Good is about to find out.

David Good, the PI with pliable morals, a taste for blondes and a full-on sense of humour, turns out to be a big softie as he takes up the challenge of sorting out yet another domestic mess.

As study gave way to work, the urge to scribble became incessant and Ben spent many, many years doing just that, jotting down in an uncontrolled jumble anything and everything that jostled for space in his head. Eventually order and discipline was established and for several years now, Ben's focus has been on writing crime stories.


Ben now lives in rural Northamptonshire in central England with his family and a heavily over-worked computer.

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Ben is the author of the David Good, Private Investigator stories. Set in London during the 1980s, they follow the adventures of a PI in tune with his neck of the woods and in possession of some distinctly pliable morals. The stories place a big emphasis on relationships, especially those between Good and the many women that pass through his life, and all come served with a side-order of attitude and humour.


Ben was born in London and spent most of his childhood in the semi-rural environs of north-west Kent, before heading off to the altogether different and industrial metropolis of Manchester for three years as an under-graduate.

Annual Reader Survey 2018

This month’s blog entry is a particularly special one, being a summary and provisional anaylsis of the reader survey I ran during the second half of February. I promised my readers I would share a summary of the results, so here it is!




I sent an eight question survey out to my entire mailing list of about 5,250 readers and 312 of those completed the survey, which is about 6%. As I was expecting to get a response rate of somewhere between 5% and 10%, I am quite pleased with that.


To encourage readers to complete the survey, I offered prizes and gave them just ten days to complete it, with one reminder being sent out. I also kept the survey short at just eight questions in order to encourage readers to complete it. Responses were, of course, anonymous.


My primary areas of interest were:


   Discovery, where do readers first encounter my books

   Pricing, what value do readers attach to my books

   Read through, typically how many of my books does a reader get through


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She’s lost in the land of the living. He’s desperate to keep her from the land of the dead.

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When you’re dressed for living and full of beans, a run-in with death might not be all that is seems.

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She’s Queen of the dancefloor and would-be Queen of the con and she’s about to give London based PI David Good a right old run-around.