'Doubt of the Benefit' has just been released. His first book, 'The Fifth Identity', a mystery thriller, was published by Amazon as an e-book in 2012. The second book, 'Cut to the Chase', a thriller, was published in 2014 and was published as a paperback by Sid Harta Publishers of Melbourne and distributed through Dennis Jones & Associates of Bayswater.



A man is discovered murdered in a hotel in London and police investigations have difficulty in establishing who committed the crime and are also unable to find a motive.

The investigation is further complicated when it is discovered that the victim is a millionaire businessman and that he has died intestate, has never made a will and apparently has no close family.

His lawyers are appointed as administrators of his estate and have the task of trying to trace beneficiaries, but soon discover that the deceased is not who he claimed to be, he has been living and transacting business under a false name for years.

A firm of private investigators is appointed to establish his true identity and to find beneficiaries to his estate, and to find out why he has been living a double life for all those years.

Their investigations have to track back to the years prior to the Great War of 1914-18 and to the subsequent conflict of 1939-45 to ascertain who he was, a search that takes them through government departments, through M.I.5 and to country towns in England, to New York and to Australia before they are able to resolve the mystery.


I enjoyed this murder mystery where the task is to find the true identity of a millionaire businessman found dead in a London hotel and there is no apparent motive for the murder. The investigation delves into genealogical records, government archives, Ministry of Defence records and newspaper archives to resolve the mystery of the victim’s identity and that of his murderer. The author writes a good story with a sense of drama and suspense and describes little known attitudes and activities during the Second World War when Britain was close to losing the war and defeatism was prevalent. The victim is identified towards the end of the book enabling investigators and police to pinpoint who killed him and the motive. I found it difficult to put down and look forward to his next book.

Tony Gelme.

Ray Scott