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Big-hearted Scots author backs charity with the launch of the latest thriller in the DCI Steve Burt Mysteries

Crime fiction fans are in for a midsummer sizzler with the publication of this fast-paced thriller in the DCI Steve Burt Mysteries by new Scottish author John Reid.

In The Auction, published by Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie, Steve Burt is an ex-Parachute Regiment officer turned Metropolitan Policeman.  The character of Steve Burt is a complex one, and we meet a man who has overcome his personal demons and flawed character to become one of the Metropolitan Police’s most successfully detectives. His flawed character raises its head on occasions as the DCI doesn’t always follow the rules in pursuit of criminals.

In his second outing, the DCI faces his toughest challenge so far. Having gotten his career back on track, and now having his own small specialist investigative unit, he is called upon to solve an impossible double murder that no other detective in the Met wants to investigate. The case leads Steve into the dangerous world of murder, corruption, fraud and money-laundering.

Reid, a Dundee-born former fund manager who now lives in both Scotland and Portugal, has won a legion of fans with a new twist on an established genre and inventive plots which keep readers on the edge of their seats. He is currently working on his eighth novel in the series so readers will be well supplied with DCI Steve Burt Mystery novels over the coming years.

To mark the launch of the latest DCI Burt page turner, the big-hearted author has teamed up with the national disability charity Sense, which supports people living with complex disabilities. The charity will receive a percentage of the royalties of all sales from the entire DCI Burt series and wider activities to raise awareness of the charity and their work.

Like the fictional hero, John Reid served in the Army in Northern Ireland and the Middle East before embarking on a career in industry. He held senior roles in several industrial sectors, before retiring to become a full time author.

John said “I wanted to help others share in the success of the DCI Burt series, by supporting Sense, since, like them, I believe that no one should be left out, no matter how complex their disabilities.”

Carl Williams, Community Fundraising Manager for Sense, said: “We are very grateful for John Reid’s generous gesture which will support our work to ensure that no one should be isolated or unable to fulfil their potential simply because of their disability.”

Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers is an independent publishing house based in the UK with talented authors from around the world. Having published books from numerous genres and with award-winning titles, Pegasus has established itself as one of the leading publishers for both new and previously published authors.

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