Crime writer: Writing his own 5-star reviews
Crime writer Roger Ellory - a man who looks like James Last fighting his way out of Antony Worrall Thompson's face - has a confession to make.
He's not only been writing novels, but he's also been doing his own 5-star reviews of them under false names too. Oh, and he's been slagging off other writers too.
RJ Ellory, if you've never heard of him, wrote million-seller 'A Quiet Belief In Angels', but alas, he's also been penning reviews of his own work while logging into Amazon under a variety of aliases.
Fellow thriller writer Jeremy Duns went on Twitter to confront Ellory about it all and lo! Ellory soon issued a statement through his literary agent, apologising for everything.
Ellory said: "The recent reviews - both positive and negative - that have been posted on my amazon accounts are my responsibility and my responsibility alone. I wholeheartedly regret the lapse of judgement that allowed personal opinions to be disseminated in this way and I would like to apologise to my readers and the writing community."
Duns claimed that Ellory wrote "long, purple tributes to his own magnificent genius" under the names ‘Jelly Bean’ and ‘Nicodemus Jones’. ‘Jelly Bean’ gave 5-stars to every single Ellory book while also giving a meagre one-star to Mark Billingham's latest book (you may remember Mark Billingham has one of the stooges in Maid Marian and her Merry Men). Duns adding that the review was "spiteful" and "sniping at Billingham’s success and insinuating he has ripped off another writer".
As 'Nicodemus Jones', Ellory wrote that 'A Quiet Belief In Angels' is a "modern masterpiece" and that "there are paragraphs and chapters that just stopped me dead in my tracks....it really is a magnificent book... Ignore all dissentors and naysayers, this book is not trying to be anything other than a great story, brilliantly told... Just buy it, read it, and make up your own mind. Whatever else it might do, it will touch your soul.”