Roger Silverwood, Author.


Detective Inspector Michael Angel and his team are sent to investigate the murder of a pretty young woman.  Inquiries indicate that she had discovered the operation of a Money Tree swindle at Zenith Television.  Angel interviews eccentric Abercrombie, who tows a boxcar scavenging for fuel to heat his cottage, and further inquiries lead Angel to another body.    Also, Angel gets unwillingly involved with a recently married middle-aged couple who have bought a house haunted by the ghost of an alcoholic dentist and his family who died tragically in 1760.    The investigations become more mystifying and dangerous, as Angel races to find the explanation and stop more mayhem and murder.

This is the twenty second in the highly successful Inspector Angel series.



Robert Mackie, the thirty-five year old Managing Director of a leading toy factory in Yorkshire, takes a holiday in the quaint Cornish fishing village of Candlecombe planning to sort out his private life.   But, when he sees somebody throw a dead body over the sea cliff, he finds himself plunged into mystery and murder.  He quickly reports what he has seen to the police, but when they investigate, the body has disappeared.   And in its place is one of the dolls belonging to Mackie’s company…    Mackie himself is now a suspect, and though the police soon let him go, it seems someone else is on his case.   He is sure he is being followed, and he narrowly misses being hit by a speeding grey car.  The strangest clues pile one upon another and the questionable behaviour of Detective Superintendent Cawthorne complicates and adds to the suspense.
Mackie, not trusting the inspector’s motives, and fearful for his life, decides to use his own methods to try to solve the mystery and unmask the murderer.   But who will arrive at the truth first…?

‘Dead Ahead’ was previously published as ‘Deadly Daffodils’.

What the critics say ...

'Silverwood combines a classic mystery plot with well developed characters'   Publishers Weekly 

'....solid plotting, unpretentious writing, thoroughly reliable entertainment.'  Morning Star

'.... a cast of characters you really want to populate with familiar faces of actors you see each week on TV - great fun. Angel is terrific.'   Books Monthly