For the Price of a Hat

Jack Mawgan, a successful homicide detective, abandons his police career but finds in his new life that his instincts for solving violent crime prove impossible to leave behind.

Render Unto Caesar

An incident involving a young Muslim found naked on a Cornish road in broad daylight draws Jack Mawgan  into the sinister world of ‘Extraordinary Rendition’.

The Mark

Jack Mawgan becomes a pawn in a high-risk game played by corrupt government officials. When he begins to dig into the suspicious death of a retired senior civil servant he realises that he is up against some serious and well-connected opponents.

The One Romanian

Another tightly written thriller to supplement the highly successful Jack Mawgan Trilogy. This time Jack takes on a dark and callous foe whose evil methods include medieval torture delivered under a cloak of religious fanaticism.

Island Lines

Another exciting Jack Mawgan crime thriller. Set in the exotic Isles of Scilly in the far South West of England where silver sand beaches meet sub-tropical Gardens.

The Genesis of the Cornwall Air Ambulance

This book tells the tale of how a small group of like-minded individuals were persuaded by the author to agree create something that no other part of the National Health Service had ever achieved before – to introduce a novel new type of ‘flying’ ambulance.


A selection of articles written for Heliops


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About The Author Geoff Newman

Geoff Newman is an ex-military helicopter pilot who for fifty years has worked as pilot, instructor and consultant in diverse and fascinating places. From Greenland to The Falkland Islands, the Russian Taiga to the African Bush, Brazil to the North Sea oil fields. His experiences include piloting Air Ambulances, Police and Search and Rescue helicopters.

The author knows something about saving lives and fighting crime from his work at the ‘coal face’. The facts are often more unbelievable than fiction. These life experiences give an authenticity to exciting storylines.

Books & Publications

The five novels published so far chart the life and progress of Detective Inspector Jack Mawgan of the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary following his dramatic resignation from the Force. A sixth novel will be published shortly.

The first novel describes the traumatic parting of the ways and Jack’s transition into the world of the clinical first responder. It was meant to be a change of lifestyle that saw Jack’s detective skills become part of his history but that was not to be. Paramedics are called to the same violent crimes as the police and often arrive on scene first. Murder is a scenario that would guarantee to have any homicide detective’s nose twitching and wind his instincts up to maximum sensitivity. It wasn’t long before Jack encountered just such a murder but his instinct to get involved in solving the case led to his entanglement with some seriously bad people that so nearly brought tragedy to him and his family.

The next four novels follow Jack’s life as he progressively improves his clinical skills and climbs the tree of his new profession. Each book describes events that follow when Jack’s detective skills lead him into more trouble with the criminal world. Each exciting adventure will keep you closely involved as a champion for justice takes on another bunch of the bad guys.

The non-fiction book ic entitled ‘The Genesis of the Cornwall Air Ambulance’, It tells the story of how that remarkable service came into being. It details the story of how I conceived, designed, set up and flew this country’s very first Air Ambulance helicopter service. This book is also a fund-raiser for the charity that supports the Air Ambulance. One pound for every book sold is sent to the charity.

At one stage I was invited to contribute various articles to a well known on-line rotary-wing publication. They are available here.

The Air Ambulance Operating Manual

The famous range of specialist books by the Haynes Manuals publishing house has just received a new manual to add to their already extensive range – The Air Ambulance Operating Manual. Written by Claire Robinson and centred on the Dorset Air Ambulance Unit the book provides the general public with a fascinating insight into how the air ambulance service in the UK came about and how it has developed. The book has a four-page feature on the genesis of the concept in the UK and introduces the man behind the original idea – Geoff Newman. Geoff in now retired and has his own collection of crime-thriller books written about the adventures of Cornish Detective, Jack Mawgan. Geoff has worked with the aviation departments of a number of Police Forces in UK as well as running both the original Cornish unit and the London Air ambulance a decade or so later and these experiences have produced a great deal of material for a novelist such as Geoff. The Haynes Manual and his own books are available via Amazon.