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Nicely Strongoak, Master Detective and Shield-for-Hire, now coming to you via Harper Voyager in his first full adventure: The Case of the Dead Elf.


"Sword and sorcery? Don’t make me laugh. This is the Newest Age and we’ve got steam wagons, picture houses and speech horns and all the various peoples of Widergard, Men, Goblins, Elves, Gnomes and the Pix have to get by as best as they can - especially in the seething metropolis that is The Citadel in High Summer. Crime never went away either and down these mean, cobbled streets a Dwarf has to walk tall. Oh yes, Dwarfs are still around as well – and that’s where I come in. I’m Nicely Strongoak, Dwarf Master Detective and Shield-for-Hire."

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Press Release:

"Robertsbridge-based TV, radio and film comedy writer scriptwriter, and former research scientist, Terry Newman is one of 15 authors signed up by major fantasy publisher Harper Voyager after an open submissions fortnight.

His book 'Detective Strongoak and the Case of the Dead Elf‘, a comedy detective fantasy featuring a dwarf detective named Nicely Strongoak, was one of 5000 novels submitted in October 2012. It became a Kindle #1 Epic Fantasy Bestseller.

Terry, who has penned jokes for comedy aristocracy such as Rory Bremner, written award-winning stage plays and published many papers on heart and lung function, is naturally delighted. After all: “goblins with shooters, surfing elves and dwarfs in cool hats – what’s not to like?”


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