Author Gale Martin’s book, Who Killed “Tom Jones”? is now available. The print edition on Amazon is selling for $15.15. There’s also a kindle edition for $2.99.
This is a mystery whose heroine, young Ellie Overton, has a massive crush on Sir Tom and decides to go to a tribute artist contest to check out the participants. All hell breaks loose when there’s a murder. Note: Careful observers will notice that the name “Tom Jones” on the cover is in quotation marks. That’s to indicate that it is not the real Tom Jones who is killed.
I became involved in the project when I read about the preparation of the book. I contacted Gale Martin and we began to correspond. I introduced her via email to tribute artist Steve McCoy and Steve became the model for the book’s protagonist, Stan McCann. (That is, by the way, a photo of Steve in full TJ regalia on the cover.) Gale also did me the honor of asking me to write the foreword.
You can order the book using the link in the sidebar at right. It’s a fun read and you will surely recognize some of the fans in the story from your own experiences.
“In Who Killed ‘Tom Jones’?, Gale Martin has perfectly captured the world of tribute artists and, also, the universe of Tom Jones fans.”–Ellen Sterling, moderator of TomJonesInternational.com, the world’s largest TJ fan website
“Martin’s original voice, masterful storytelling, and distinctive characters had me snorting in laughter on the NYC subway one minute and biting my nails wondering ‘who done it’ the next.” — Meredith Schorr, author of Just Friends with Benefits, A State of Jane, and Blogger Girl
“This book stirred several emotions [in] me; while I read it I was shocked, I laughed in some situations, I cried in another one . . . this book is well done and there is something for each reader.” — Books Are My Life
“Who Killed ‘Tom Jones? evokes laughter at every turn as twenty-something Ellie Overton winds her way through murder, mayhem, madness, and tribute artists in this action-packed comedy. A priceless read.” — Ginger Marcinkowski, author of 2013 Kindle Book Review Award Finalist Run, River Currents and The Button Legacy.
The BBC reports:
Sir Tom Jones will return to his homeland this summer to headline the Access All Eirias festival in Conwy.
The two-day festival, now in its third year, returns to the Eirias Stadium in Colwyn Bay on 25 July.
Other stars who have performed at the event in the past are Olly Murs, Pixie Lott and Welsh artists Rhydian Roberts and Sophie Evans.
“Believe it or not, this will be my first big outdoor show in north Wales,” said Sir Tom.’Exciting times’
The 73-year-old star, currently back on BBC TV as a judge on The Voice, says he is looking forward to returning.
“Coming back to Wales to perform is always a treat, and in the fantastic location of Eirias Stadium we’re going to put on a hell of a show.”
Access All Eirias was launched in 2012 as an Olympic Games celebration, with its organisers Orchard and Conwy Council winning several national awards for work on the event.
Iwan Davies, Conwy council’s chief executive, said the festival was integral to the regeneration work being done in Colwyn Bay and it was pleasing to see it grow.
“We’re really looking forward to welcoming Tom Jones to Colwyn Bay – this booking is a real coup for the region and an opportunity not to be missed,” he said.
“It [Access All Eirias] offers north Wales residents the opportunity to watch top artists on their own doorstep, as well as providing substantial business opportunities for the region.
“These are exciting times for Colwyn Bay and it’s a privilege for us all to be a part of it.”
On August 1, Tom will again play Newmarket Racecourse. Tickets here.