Exmouth author brings to an end his three-book saga on the Exe Estuary

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 September 2018

Exmouth author Morton Middleditch.

Exmouth author Morton Middleditch.


An Exmouth retail executive-turned author has written the final instalment of his debut trilogy.

Morton Middleditch, 73, who lives at Exmouth Marina, has had his latest book - Retribution – published marking the end of the three-book saga involving Eddie Jacobs and his wife Sam and there attempts to stop a drugs cartel from Peru.

Morton said: “It’s more thriller than detective novel. It’s a pacey read – not too flowery and I am hoping that people like it.”

This follows on from ‘Left for Dead’ and ‘Back for Revenge’ and sees tragedies in London and Peru culminating with a ‘dramatic’ climax on the Exe Estuary in Exmouth.

In this instalment, Juan Ramos, a police officer from the Peruvian capital Lima seconded to the Metropolitan Police returns home to Peru to fight organised crime and seek election to the senate.

Moreton added: “The idea for the climax to be on the estuary just came to me.

“What I do when I am writing is I set out what I consider a timeline of the story which I hope not to deviate from. I had a broad idea but I didn’t know it was going to finish on the estuary when I started.”

A member of East Devon Golf Club, Morton was previously chief executive of SPAR before his retirement in 2004. He turned to fiction after writing a book on the history of the company.

Morton took inspiration from a journey to South America, with wife Barbara, for the trilogy’s Peruvian theme.

Speaking in 2016, Morton said: “In 2006, we went to Peru and trekked up Machu Pichu ourselves and that gave me the idea for the story.

“I had already written a book about SPAR, and enjoyed the process of writing so much and thought I’d always wanted to write a novel, and thought I’d just see how it went.”

Morton says he thinks this will be the end of his relatively short writing career but has left the door open for more stories in the future.

Retribution is available to buy from Amazon in paperback for £6.99 or on Kindle for £1.99.

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