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The Swedish Woman: ‘Please, Tatiana, show mercy!’

‘Please, Tatiana, show mercy!’

But Tatiana does not show mercy.  You can find out why in my 2016 Hotel Story, the sixth in the series.

If you have read any of the Hotel Stories, you will enjoy this one.  If you haven’t read any, The Swedish Woman is a great place to start.

How to enjoy The Swedish Woman;

  • You can read some of The Swedish Woman instantly via this free chunky excerpt;
  • You can scoop up all seven Hotel Stories, including The Swedish Woman, in one package in Hotel Stories: The Complete Collection;
  • If you can’t afford it or don’t like paying for stories, no problem: write a comment below and I’ll send you a free Word copy of the first short story in the series, “The Two Rooms“.  It would be great to hear from you.

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Why you’ll like The Swedish Woman

Who is the enigmatic Swedish woman?


It’s time to find out.  The Swedish Woman, the third short story in the unique “Hotel Stories” series, reveals the answer.  It’s the most entertaining story yet.  It has several outstanding twists and novelties.

One of the novelties is that for the first time (more…)

The Swedish Woman – Hotel Story No.3

In an hotel elevator awash with blood, a man lies murdered.  But who is the killer?

What is the role of the enigmatic Swedish woman, whose identity is shrouded in mystery?

In The Swedish Woman Ms N, the most brilliant, unpredictable and occasionally homicidal hotel manager in the world, must solve the crime before the country’s untainted-by-corruption-of-any-kind Minister of Justice, who happens to be one of the suspects, can solve it in his unique and not necessarily helpful way.

The Swedish Woman has been rated by some readers as the funniest Hotel Story so far.


Preview: a new Hotel Story: The Swedish Woman

In an elevator awash with blood, a man lies murdered.  But who is the killer?  And what is the role of the enigmatic Swedish woman, whose identity is shrouded in mystery?

Find out here, soon.

After a year in the crafting, I shall publish soon my third in the series of short Hotel Stories.  

Its title is The Swedish Woman.

Hailed by early readers as maybe the funniest of the Hotel Stories so far, The Swedish Woman features a galaxy of extraordinary characters – from the 100% untainted-by-corruption-of-any-kind Minister of Justice and the charming but elderly Irish gentleman in search of female company who may or may not have only six months to live; through the brilliant, unpredictable and occasionally homicidal hotel manager Ms N and her beautiful but naive ally, Tatiana; to the mysterious Swedish woman herself.

Who is she, and what is she doing in the hotel?

By way of a taster, here is the first part of the story.  Enjoy, (more…)

Biotime: the Vietnam connection

I’m delighted to see today that I’ve had the first five hits on this website from Vietnam.  Greetings, and a humble welcome, to my Vietnamese readers.

Biotime Cover

Vietnam plays an important role in Biotime. It is the home to the unhappy Sue Phu, eight times a mother, who first appears in Biotime excerpt 17: “California? Meet Vietnam“.  Her story continues in excerpt 18: “The man in the boat arrives – with a “Peace” tattoo“; and excerpt 19: “Sue Phu sells her baby boy“.  Sue Phu’s infant appears again at the end of excerpt 21, “A severed hand, transfixed by a knife”; and excerpt 22,”By now, the baby’s arm was thick with needles“, in which the child is named “Tho” and things are looking pretty bleak for him.  After that, Tho disappears for a while; but never fear – he will resurface, along with Martha O’Leary, Athena, KY Sutanto and many other of the larger-than-life characters who populate Biotime.

If you want to read the entire astonishing story, start with Biotime complete.  To read about the philosophical underpinnings of the novel, see 7 ways my sci-fi novel Biotime explains the meaning of life. And for a discussion of where creativity comes from, see 5 ways my novel Biotime shows wealth and creativity can’t mix.

Biotime.  It’s like ogres.  Layers upon layers upon layers.

Hotel Stories – The Complete Collection: Reviews

The complete collection of Hotel Stories is now available on Amazon.  The volume contains all of the Hotel Stories, set in luxury five-star hotels.  All star the world’s most brilliant, unpredictable and occasionally homicidal hotel manager, Ms N; and Tatiana, her beautiful but naive accomplice.

Rather than have me tell you about them, let’s see what reviewers have said about the individual Hotel Stories:

– “You’ll never make a fuss at a hotel again”

– “Tatiana is Watson to Ms N’s Sherlock Holmes”

– “A slick read, lots going on here, finely paced and loved the subtle unsheathing of a hidden cutting edge in 5-star hotel-keeping.”

– “A cross between The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and Fawlty Towers

– “Delightful, dark, twisted, ingenious humour”

– “This is strong stuff. When the beam of Tatiana’s torch swings round in stifling darkness to reveal handcuffs and workmen’s tools,we know it’s time to right some truly awful wrongs


Hotel Stories No.4 – “Britches” – now available!

You can now find the fourth in the series of “Hotel Stories”, Britches, published on Amazon as part of Seven Hotel Stories.

Britches features a rather attractive Scot in a kilt, an analysis of which (at the link) shows that although Tatiana may not have a great education, her intellectual skills are second to none.  Let’s get straight into the action with an excerpt from the start of the story.


Britches (Excerpt)

A short story by Robert Pimm


‘The music is too loud.’

‘I beg your pardon, sir?’

‘You are kidding me, right?’ The customer in the dressing gown peers at my name badge. ‘Tatiana.’

‘No, sir, of course I am not kidding you. But I cannot hear you too good.’

The man is narrowing his eyes. I think he is deciding whether it is worth being angry with someone so unimportant as me. (more…)

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