The Enthusiast

The Enthusiast is the third in a series of police procedural murder mysteries written in the 1970s, and previously published worldwide in hard and paperback.
Detectives Staunton and Wyndsor, each in their own way, continue to solve mysterious crimes in the days before cell phones and the world wide web.


John Williams thought he was alone on the bleak face of Moel Celyn in Snowdonia until the first sighting bullet cracked into the rock close beside him, Seconds later he was dead… And the police have scarcely begun their investigation when a second victim falls to a rifle shot as accurate and as apparently purposeless as before.

Sent from Scotland Yard after the second killing Chief Superintendent Staunton and his younger associate, Detective Inspector Wyndsor, begin quickly to organize their search, each officer working from characteristically congenial headquarters—Staunton from ‘The Yellow Fox’ in Bala; Wyndsor from a family with an exceptionally pretty daughter.

Meanwhile the reader has the eerie and frightening privilege of watching the gunman, without being able to identify him, as he makes his preparations for the third kill, and the next. Always in urgent counterpoint is the detectives’ desperate search for clues which will help to forestall further deaths.

There is a horrifying climax to events in this new Staunton and Wyndsor novel.


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Peter Hill’s background is steeped in crime. He was a detective in the Metropolitan Police, London, serving in some of the toughest parts of that city for thirteen years. He also worked at New Scotland Yard in the Company Fraud Department and later the internationally recognised C1 department known as ‘The Murder Squad’. He travelled widely in Britain, Europe and South America investigating, surprisingly enough, murders.

He left the force at the age of thirty two, with the rank of Detective Inspector, to become a writer. In the 1970’s he wrote six books in his own name, all published worldwide and in several translations: The Hunters, The Liars, The Enthusiast, The Savages, The Fanatics and The Washermen.

These have now been converted back from hard copies and The Hunters, The Liars, The Enthusiast and The Savages in the ‘Staunton and Wyndsor’ series are now available as eBooks in the Kindle store.
The others, The Fanatics and The Washermen in the ‘Commander Allan Dice’ books are also now available as Kindle ebooks.

Under the pen name of John Eyers he wrote the sequel to Terry Nations ‘Survivors’ novel,
“Genesis of a Hero” which were spin offs from the iconic TV series.
Similarly as John Eyers, he wrote “Special Branch – In at the Kill” from the Special Branch TV series.
These have now also been published as eBooks on Amazon.

Peter worked extensively in television for iconic British drama series such as ‘Callan’, ‘The Sweeney’, ‘Z Cars’, ‘Public Eye’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Special Branch’, ‘Crown Court’, ‘New Scotland Yard’, and ‘Armchair Theatre’.
He has been a writer, script editor and producer both in the UK and New Zealand, where he has lived for the last thirty-three years.

‘Evolution’s Path’ is a return to writing novels and is proposed as a series of related near and far future crime stories, of which ‘Killing Tomorrow’ now available as an eBook, is the first. He is working on the sequel, ‘The Ladies Game’.