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Duo keeping it in the family for novel sequel

BOROUGH brothers Mark and Jon Penny have published the second in their series of “comedy detective” novels.

BOROUGH brothers Mark and Jon Penny have published the second in their series of “comedy detective” novels.

Revenge of the Red Square is the follow-up to their successful debut, The Golden Pig, which hit bookshops in 2009. Rave reviews and praise from celebrities such as David Suchet and June Whitfield persuaded the pair to set to work on a sequel.

Mark, aged 49, of Knowle, and younger sibling Jon, 47, started writing together as a “bit of fun”.

“Jon was living in Luton at the time while I was up here in the Midlands and we weren’t spending much time together,” said Mark.

“How it works is that Jon takes the lead on the plot and writes the first draft while I go in to do the editing and get the words right. “Being brothers we’re not inhibited, we can be quite frank with each other about where we think the story should go.”

And the former Alderbrook School pupils were drawn to a humorous spin on detective novels because they remained so popular.

“The genre’s a broad church,” added Mark. “In terms of the sheer number of books, it knocks everything else into a cocked hat.

“You’ve got big names like Agatha Christie and Conan-Doyle and there’s so many TV programmes these days which follow the format.”

n Revenge of the Red Square is available in bookshops and from Amazon.com.

 

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