Sahlan Diver's novels and stage plays, presenting mystery stories like never before.
What's different about the series: Unusual Mysteries?
Here's some stuff you won't find: inimitable detectives, gritty violence, magic solutions.
Here's some stuff you will find: strong female characters, non-prudish sex, multiple misdirection, humour.
Finally, my writing is always an examination of something: in The Chapel In The Middle Of Nowhere (Play), the enclosed delusional world of cults; in The Arrangement (Play), the obscenity of religious fanaticism; in The Secret Resort Of Nostalgia (Novel), a critique of modern living and working environments; in For The Love Of Alison (Novel), the sad confidence trick of populist politics, in Sixty Positions with Pleasure (Novel), the outdated farce of excessive nationalism. I put all these themes into the context of a mystery thriller. Whether by doing so, I have invented a new genre, I don't know.
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Educated at Dover Grammar School, Kent, and then at the University Of Birmingham, where I studied microbiology and philosophy. After variously working as a shadow puppet theater manager and prospective jazz saxophonist, I taught myself computer programming, becoming a freelance consultant. My writing career began, aged nine and a half, when I won a national TV children's short story competition. Thereafter my writing became dormant, apart from a couple of Edinburgh Fringe comedy reviews, until it was revived in protest against a religious movement I once belonged to. Through the latter experience I gained an understanding of the mechanism by which the arrogance of cults brings out the very worst in human nature. It also provided much useful character study for my subsequent writing, as, for much more positive reasons, did my permanent move to live in the Republic Of Ireland, thirty years ago.