The Nemesis File
Chichester Yacht Club Newsletter May 2010
Chichester Harbour users should all read The Nemesis File, Jim's first novel and great fun to identify the venues and characters.
Take an ageing Olympic sailing medallist (male) Add in a cute Scandiwegian board sailing medallist (female). A bit of blackmail and an ancient Nazi feud and the story is set. You will laugh and cry; the sailing scenes, the romance, the twisting whodunit plot. The Bond inspired closing chase and an International 14 on a piece of water close to home is the icing on a very readable cake.
Review by Olympic sailor and coach: Cathy Foster 11.12.04
Rarely have I read such a racy book! It's carries you along at pace, and holds you fast until the very end. Just then, you think that maybe this is getting far-fetched, but the punch-line pulls you up short, and makes you re-assess the characters and their relationship to events. Suddenly the plot hangs together again in a very satisfactory way, just as good detective stories should.
Instead of long descriptions to 'paint a picture' of all the venues and situations, the writing is succinct and carefully crafted to give the maximum impression for the minimum words. This gives the book its fast tempo, yet nothing is lost because the accurate detailing of locations and action bonds the reader into plot. As a past Olympic sailor myself, I know the sailing venues described in both Chichester Harbour and Copenhagen well, and I can reassure any future reader that the author has definitely done his research. In addition, he's right - you do build life-long bonds with other British athletes and other countries' sailors when you are part of the Olympic team representing your country. It is a pleasure and highly unusual to read a book which describes the joys of sailing and racing so well. Yet it's not a book about sailing, full of technicalities of the sport. Sailing provides the background framework for a story of murder and blackmail where the investigation chases over four countries and three generations of lives. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Cathy Foster went to the Olympics in 1984 (finished 7th and made history as the first woman helm since the 2nd World War) and competed in two other Olympic campaigns, the last being 2002/3. She's a freelance Coach who specialises in top level racing, including Olympic and Paralympic sailors
Yachting Monthly: 2006.
Dell Quay based yachtsman Jim Morley has turned his hand to writing thrillers based on his sailing experiences of forty years. His first novel, The Nemesis File, is a murder mystery linking a Chichester sailmaker with a failing business, the corpse of a Dane found floating off Sussex and Nazi propaganda minister Josef Goebbels.
REVIEWS OF ROCASTLE'S VENGEANCE PUBLISHED 2006.
Novelist Ginny Nicholl: Author of Under the Olives
I thoroughly enjoyed Rocastle's Vengeance. The characters were diverse and colourful and out of the women I liked Carol in particular. Laura was a tough nut but very believable as were all the others and the hero was great. As I read I saw the people and places in colour in front of my eyes. It was so visual I was actually there.
Lizzie Hayes: Mystery People crime writing website
A fast-pace thriller, this is a real page turner, as Peter tries to understand just what actually happened fifty years ago to instil such silence and fear amongst the inhabitants and what part his family played. As in many small villages everyone in Duddlestone is related, which makes it impossible to get anyone to open up. There are twists upon twists, and it kept me guessing right to the end and the final unexpected twist. I love a good mystery and I heartily recommend this book as one of the best I have read in a long time.
Unsolicited comments on Amazon. *****
Wow! What a read. You know it is a good book when after a few pages you don't want to put it down, nor answer the phone, door or anything…
An unusual mystery thriller. Follow the main character in his search into his father's murky past. You really feel you are in the silent village that guards its secret and what a great twist at the end. ****
Bournemouth Echo. July 2006.
Novelist brings mystery to the coast: Rocastle's Vengeance James Morley's second novel is brimming with references to Purbeck Poole and Bournemouth. The book recounts the tale of a harbour master who uncovers murky secrets when he takes a job in the imaginary village of Old Duddlestone…
Tim O'Kelly. Whitbread Prize judge southern region.
Jim Morley writes with skill and intelligence: a genuine storyteller in the finest tradition.
Yachts and Yachting magazine. January 2009.
James Day writes: When ITV televise James Morley's latest book. It will be like Howard's Way meets Bergerac meets Inspector Morse with just a hint of Taggart…One of the greatest strengths of James Morley's writing is his ability to avoid cliché when dealing with his nautical setting. The sailors who read it won't be reaching for a bucket, as despite familiar locations - the boat yard, the dinghy park - there are nuances in the descriptive passages that lift this book from others.
Eve Phillips author of: All Shall be Well.
Jim Morley's fans will find this book a good read; and with the focus on Emily it could also find favour with any sport and/or sailing enthusiast teenager.