The mystery continues as author publishes third supernatural tale in popular series

PUBLISHED: 09:01 08 April 2019

Crispin Hook, with his collection of novels.

Crispin Hook, with his collection of novels.


An author, who takes inspiration for his writing from his hometown and passion for history, has unveiled his latest book.

The third in a series of 10 supernatural novels set around Lowestoft in the 1880s has been published.

Crispin Hook made his first foray into fiction in 2017 with ‘The Hook and Pask Mysteries: The Curse of the Hooded Monk’.

That first novel followed on from numerous non-fiction books he has self-published on the town’s pubs, high street, former lifeboat coxswain Robert Hook and the changing faces of London Road North.

Last year, writing under the pseudonym Peter Allen, Mr Hook, released his second novel, The Vengeful Ten, as detectives Benjamin Hook and Michelle Pask took on another mysterious case.

Now the third in the fiction sequence, The Mystery of the Carbuncled Ruby, has been released.

Mr Hook, 45, said: “It has come out really well and the books have had a really, really good response.

“I am using my late grandfather’s real name of Peter Allen throughout the series.”

In the first book the duo dealt with a demonic monk, then there were ghosts in the second book as a serial killer killed 10 women from the beach village and buried them in his house at Kirkley.

Mr Hook said: “This third novel follows a vampire, who is determined to raise his dead master – it is all action.

“The book starts in Lowestoft, moves to Norwich through London and finishes off on the coast of Cornwall.”

Mr Hook’s book also includes a series of cabinet cards, photographs mounted on cardboard, of his ancestors. They feature after his grandfather left him several suitcases of photographs which are all members of the Hook family.

He added: “I have always written fiction, but one day a few years ago I started writing out a crime story with a bit of a supernatural twist and before I knew it I had written the first in the series.

“I decided to do a second one and from there I thought why not a series of 10.

“I have got it all planned in my head and I am halfway through the fourth book, which should be out for Christmas.”

The Mystery of the Carbuncled Ruby is available to buy now from Waterstones in London Road North, Lowestoft, as well as from Amazon and eBay, priced at £10.

And Mr Hook is already busy working on his next two books - a non-fiction photo book on the changing face of London Road South and the fourth in the fiction sequence, The Tree of Life Tree of Knowledge.

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