We use cookies on this site, but we don't capture any personal information. View our privacy policy.

What happens if I decline cookies?

If you decline cookies, I will suppress Google Analytics and any future third-party cookies on this site, but please note that the site also uses essential cookies as permitted under the UK's Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations for purposes such as remembering which items you may have selected or opened as you move from page to page.

To reject ALL cookies and continue to use this site, please amend your browser settings, but if you do, please be aware that some parts of the site will not work as intended.

For more information, see my Privacy policy page.

Accept cookies     Decline cookies      Reset     Close

Mystery drama

Mystery drama




Deficit of Diligence   Mike Stanhope Mysteries 2

When journalist and would-be novelist Mike Stanhope learns he’s inherited a house in northern England from someone he’s never heard of, he willingly accepts an assignment that will take him to the area and allow him to investigate. Who was the mysterious benefactor, and how did she know him? On the alert for clues, he thinks he’s found one in the chance sighting of a young woman in an ancient film.

However, Mike soon has more urgent concerns. The finances of the company he’s been sent to visit don’t stack up, and the owner’s daughter is a little too friendly. People at the company are wary of him, and he can’t decide who to trust. An ill-judged article puts his work on the line, and a misunderstanding throws his relationship with his girlfriend into doubt. Suddenly his world is crumbling around him.

Mike is convinced he can get his life back on track by finding out the truth about the troubled company, but it’s a road fraught with danger. As the mystery deepens and the pace gathers, he finds himself embroiled in a kidnapping and at odds with the police, while at the same time confronting people who will apparently stop at nothing to prevent him from interfering.

Due diligence: commercial or personal?

Technically, “due diligence” is the term used to describe the process of scrutiny applied to corporate transactions to make sure they’re based on sound assumptions. Informally, the phrase also refers to the kind of precautions that wise people take throughout their everyday lives. In Deficit of Diligence, they’re both conspicuously lacking. 

The northern connection

The action in Deficit of Diligence ranges from Britain’s West Country to various towns and cities in northern England – notably Newcastle upon Tyne, where author Peter Rowlands was born.

SPOILERS IN THIS COLUMN!

Deficit of Diligence is the second novel in the series about Mike Stanhope, the journalist who can’t resist an investigative challenge. If you haven’t read Alternative Outcome, you might want to start there.

Mike Stanhope is back!

All Mike Stanhope wants is to lead a fulfilling life. He yearns to become a novelist, and in the first book in this series, Alternative Outcome, he publishes an online thriller. He soon realises this is not the fast route to fame and fortune, though it certainly results in some unintended consequences.

As Deficit of Diligence starts, Mike is six months into his new relationship with Ashley, the girl he met in the first book. He still can’t believe his good fortune, yet apparently he can’t stop himself putting it all at risk.

Mike’s problem is that he’s restless – attracted by the security of a steady job, but reluctant to drop his journlism for good. A simple assignment forces him to reconsider his priorities, and exposes some of the flaws in his character – but also gives him the opportunity to find strengths he never knew he had.

Reading group discussion topics here.

© Peter Rowlands 2017

 

 

Peter Rowlands on Facebook Peter Rowlands on Twitter

About me

Contact me

Write a review

 

Sitemap

Reset cookies

 

 

© Peter Rowlands 2017

 

 

 

 

Peter Rowlands on Facebook Peter Rowlands on Twitter

 

About me

Contact me

Write a review

 

 

Sitemap

Reset cookies