Smile Of The Stowaway


A married couple, a stranger from far away and a murder that rocks their lives.

Desperate to reach England, a bedraggled immigrant clings precariously beneath a couple’s motor home as they cross the Channel. Once holidaymakers Bob and Anne overcome their shock at his discovery and their initial reservations, they welcome the friendly stranger into their home in defiance of the law.

But their trust is stretched to the limit when the police accuse the smiling twenty-three-year-old of a gruesome murder. Could this man from six thousand miles away be guilty? Or is the real killer still out there?

Former national newspaper journalist Tony Bassett tells how Anne turns detective, battling against a mountain of circumstantial evidence and police bungling to discover the truth.

This gripping first novel concerning a death in a remote Kentish country cottage is packed with mystery, suspense and occasional touches of humour.


About the Author:

Tony Bassett, who was born in West Kent, grew up wanting to be a writer from the age of nine when he edited a school magazine.  After attending Hull University where he won a ‘Time-Life’ magazine student journalism award, he spent six years working as a journalist in Sidcup, Worcester and Cardiff before moving to Fleet Street.

Tony spent 37 years working for the national press, mainly for the ‘Sunday People’ where he worked both for the newsdesk and the investigations department. He helped cover the Jeremy Thorpe trial for the ‘Evening Standard’, broke the news in the ‘Sun’ of Bill Wyman’s plans to marry Mandy Smith and found evidence for the ‘Sunday People’ of Rod Stewart’s secret love child. On one occasion, while working for ‘The People’, he took an escaped gangster back to prison.

His first book, ‘Smile Of The Stowaway’, is one of four crime novels Tony has written over the past three years.