Ted Tayler was born in Corsham, Wiltshire in 1945. When he was five years old his family moved five miles up the road to Melksham. He’s lived there ever since. Ted’s been married to Lynne since 1971. They have 3 children in their thirties and 4 grandchildren. Let Ted take up his story: -

“I grew up with reading and writing all around me. My mother loved books and I had two aunts who taught English. There was no escape. I put it all on hold after I left school because of my music and work until I wrote my book of memories about my life in bands which was published in 2011. At the end of 2012, I wondered if I could write fiction!

I think of myself as a storyteller; I hope that with each successive book I get better at it. What I’ve been told is that the reader feels as if we’re sat across the table from one another over a drink, and I’m just chatting with them.

As for the thriller series featuring The Phoenix; well, life is all about balance isn’t it? Good and evil, love and loss, laughter and tears. The Phoenix believes criminals should pay for their crimes; the system often fails to deliver the correct punishment. The Olympus agents can help him redress the balance. There are stories left to tell.”

 The collection so far: -

We'd Like To Do A Number Now (2011)
The Final Straw (2013)
A Sting In The Tale (2013)
Unfinished Business (2014)
The Olympus Project (2014) Phoenix #1
Gold, Silver, and Bombs (2015) Phoenix #2
Conception (2015)
Nothing Is Ever Forever (2015) Phoenix #3
In The Lap Of The Gods (2016) Phoenix #4

The Price Of Treachery (2016) Phoenix #5

A New Dawn (2017) Phoenix #6

Something Wicked Draws Near (2017) Phoenix #7

Evil Always Finds A Way (2017) Phoenix #8


Location: Melksham, Wiltshire, England
Twitter: @ted_tayler
Joined Channillo: July 2015
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The sequel to the award winning ‘The Final Straw’ sees Colin Bailey return to the UK after almost a decade abroad. With a new name and a new face he still has scores to settle. His meticulous planning takes him ingeniously across Scotland and the North of England ticking names off his list with the police completely baffled.

DCI Phil Hounsell pitted his wits against Colin before and so he is sent to Durham where he teams up with super intelligent young DS Zara Wheeler; together they track their man to Manchester and then eventually south to Bath.

The final scenes take place on the streets of the Roman city; Phil Hounsell’s family is threatened and in a dramatic conclusion reminiscent of Holmes and Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls, the two men struggle above the foaming waters of the historic Pulteney weir.


Category/Genre(s): Adult Fiction
Updated: Weekly

An only child, unloved and unwanted by his parents, Colin Bailey is a bitter, emotionally damaged young man, hell bent on exacting revenge on anyone who has stopped him becoming the person he believes he was destined to be. What sets Colin apart is his intellect and meticulous planning. Detective Phil Hounsell pursues his man relentlessly, while trying to avoid the small town in which he works sliding further and further into the grip of two rival gangs.

A devastating event in Colin’s life provides the final straw that herald’s a bloodbath. Can Phil prevent it happening or will he too be a victim?’

This tale of revenge spans almost two decades, yet the police are chasing shadows; it builds in pace and tension to a thrilling climax against the backdrop of a seemingly quiet West Country town.

Category/Genre(s): Adult Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
Updated: Weekly

A collection of twelve short stories, each with an unexpected twist at the end. Love stories, ghost stories and tales of revenge, all sprinkled with a touch of humour.

There is something for everyone, young or old; from the elderly bookshop owner with an unusual talent and his summer of love with a young schoolteacher, to the haunting account of the journey on the last bus back into town from the heart of the countryside, each story has characters and situations you will recognise.

But will you identify the 'sting in the tale' before you turn that final page?


Category/Genre(s): , Short Stories
Updated: Weekly