Good Deeds Challenge, Year 2 Week 30

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I am into my second year.

New Good DeedsThis week I’ve been doing the following;

November 9th – Day 9 on the Mystery Book tour and it was Mike Martin’s turn with his book The Body on the T

Have finished reading 3 books this weekend and been writing reviews and drafting posts. Good deeds received: Have been sent an Amazon gift voucher, now what should I spend it on?

November 10th – My morning at school, then picking up bags of potatoes for myself and a friend from the farm I work for (yay, no more supermarket spuds for a few months) Day 10 on the Mystery Book Tour and it’s Marlin, Darlin’ from Margaret Langstaff

November 11th – Day 11 on the Mystery book Tour and it the turn of Jan Ryder and her book Blood Pool

November 12th – Had a new carpet fitted to one of our rooms today, made the fitters hot drinks. Day 12 of the tour and we met Jane Isaac and her book The Truth Will Out.

November 13th – A busy day today, I had coffee with fellow author Alison Williams and we had a long chat about all things bookish. Our November mystery writer today was Maria Savva and her book The Dream.

November 14th – Today we met Adrian Churchward and his book Moscow Bound on the mystery tour.

Picked up litter on my way back from the post box.

November 15th – It’s the turn of Patrick Brigham and his mystery Abduction: An Angel Over Rimini.

Mystery Book Tour Day 11 #MysteryNovember Blood Pool by Jan Ryder

November Mystery Tour

Today our guest on the Mystery Book Tour is Jan Ryder and her book Blood Pool


Where is your home town?

I live in the beautiful North Dorset countryside in England.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for nine years, though much of that time was spent in learning the writing craft. Two years ago my debut novel, Blood Pool, was published.

What is your favourite sub-genre of mystery?

I write what I most love to read – fast-moving mystery thrillers. My stories aren’t all action and thrills. I like to think there’s something in them for everyone, drama, tragedy and romance too.

Where is Blood Pool set?

The action ranges far and wide, but a fictional boatyard business on the East Devon coast in England forms the backdrop to the story.

Introduce us to Samantha Shelley, what is she like?

Sam is an attractive thirty year-old widow. She has few friends, but those she does have she trusts without question. When the story opens she’s living each day as it comes, still numbed by the death of her husband six months before. Then she finds a dead body on the beach, and events take a sinister and lethal turn. She has to find the guts and tenacity to fight back when she becomes involved in murder, mayhem and espionage.

What does she inherit on the death of her husband?

A neglected Victorian mansion on the cliff-top, a crumbling debt-ridden boatyard business, and a whole heap of trouble.

Who is the eccentric inventor?

Jonas Weal is a retired engineer and amateur inventor, nicknamed The Prof by local people because of his resemblance to Professor Albert Einstein in his later years. He’s one of Sam’s few loyal friends and has been a great support to her since the death of her husband.

Can you hint at the trail Samantha must follow to find her friend before the police and the government agents?

I  can’t give too much away, but let’s just say that Sam follows clues left by the Prof that initially carry her away from her boatyard, and into great danger.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

A fast-moving mystery thriller about a worldly businesswoman trapped in a deadly conspiracy. The action spans the European continent from Paris, France to the eastern shores of the Ionian Sea – a story of tragedy, vengeance and love.

Where can readers find out more about you?


You’ll find me on Twitter at @jeryder5author and my website

Buy links for Blood Pool:

Your local Amazon Kindle Store outside the USA


NookUK and Europe


For readers in the USA – Blood Pool is published in the USA as Consider Her Dead (American English).

Buy links for Consider Her Dead:

Amazon Kindle USA


Barnes & Noble