The Needle’s Eye Series

Based around the South coast of England, Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle Of Wight, The Needle’s Eye series follows investigator Jack Ramsay as he delves into cases of murder and mystery.

The first book in the series, Random Act, is available now from Amazon in paperback or e-book formats.

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The first book in The Needle’s Eye series, Random Act introduces Jack Ramsay, whose life is on hold months after the tragic death of his wife and child.

Taking on what appears a hopeless investigation, he’s drawn into a seemingly pointless search. The local CID investigates the discovery of human bones. Detective Inspector Janet Hill is keen to wrap up the case while her sergeant appears more concerned with finding the driver of a hit and run.

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Ghost Chase is the sequel to Random Act with a number of now familiar characters re-appearing in this second book in The Needle’s Eye series.

The story unfolds on the Isle of Wight but also has Jack working further afield. He finds the deeper he delves the more there is to find!

Abduction, death and threats weave themselves into the complex plot and again Jack is drawn into a seemingly unfathomable and desperate situation.

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Reviews

Random Act
Superb Tale

By D John on 11 October 2017
Format: Paperback
Superb tale and well worth reading; amongst much competition. Future publications will be watched with great interest.

Ghost Chase
Inspirational

By D John on 15 November 2017
Format: Paperback
Inspirational: a gripping tale. A book not to be missed: intricate, intriguing, but easy to read. Almost obsessive: a book that can’t be put down. My worry is, will there be another from this refreshing author? Hopefully – yes.

Random Act 
An excellent read
By S Peacock (Amazon Customer) on 21 July 2017
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book and found myself getting so involved with the characters I found it hard to put down.

Ghost Chase
The action moves to France
By APO on 31 August 2017
Format: Paperback/Verified Purchase
Another very enjoyable read; I am looking forward Jack’s next adventure already. He is a real gumshoe.

Random Act 
I thoroughly enjoyed Random Act
By APO on 16 August 2017
Format: Paperback/Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed Random Act. Nice little denouement right at the end. I am looking forward to Jack’s next adventure.

Ghost Chase
Five Stars

By K Powell on 26 September 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
An excellent story to follow Random Act, keeps one mesmerised right to the very last page.

Random Act
An excellent read

By K Powell on 23 September 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
An excellent read, author obviously knows his locations well, it keeps you gripped until the final page!

Ghost Chase
Fantastic

By Amazon Customer on 21 July 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Fantastic: I was so excited to read the next in the series I had to read it straight away. Really enjoying being part of the adventure as it unfolds, couldn’t put it down. When is the next one being published????

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Island Mistry 

By Mumbeeni on 29 July 2016
Format: Paperback
Detective tale with lots well-observed details of locations, plot twists and character-building. I found it a little slow to start and there were one or two annoying spelling errors, but very soon it became hard to put down. I am eagerly awaiting the promised sequels.

Ghost Chase
Four Stars

By R NORMAN on 17 February 2017
Format: Paperback
An enjoyable read of intrigue and deceit

Random Act
Good first novel

By Amazon Customer on 28 July 2016 – Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
An engaging novel from start to finish. Light easy read with enough twists to keep you keen, so much so that I read it in one go. Interesting characters and great description of the two main locations, one of which I could easily identify with. I am looking forward to the sequel.

Meet the Author – Simon Hinton-Bates

I was born on the Isle of Wight and lived there for a number of years before moving to Hampshire and eventually Surrey where I now live with my wife, family and animals.  

I have a close affinity with the south coast and can trace my family back over many generations living and working in the area. With family still living in various parts of the Island I maintain links visiting on a regular basis.   

As a qualified teacher I had a long, happy and productive career in education. I’m also a qualified and skilled counsellor.  Now I’m exploring my passion as a full-time writer of crime fiction.

Random Act is my debut novel and it is the first book in The Needle’s Eye series.  Although The Needle’s Eye is a chronological series of novels, each one can be read and enjoyed as a ‘stand-alone’ story.

I realised I couldn’t leave Jack where he was at the end of Random Act and so the second book was a natural evolution.  Ghost Chase is a continuation of Jack’s life and his work as a private investigator now based on the Isle of Wight, following on from where we leave Jack at the end of Random Act.

I hope you enjoy reading these books as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them, creating Jack Ramsay and the other characters, seeing their stories come to life.
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