Malcolm finished his holiday book and so began writing his own
Malcolm Toogood, who has spent his working life writing technical publications, has just had his first novel published.
Malcolm who grew up and lived most of his life in Bath before moving out to Chippenham, has written it under the pen name Phillip Malcolm.
The novel, which hits the shops in mid September is called The Mantis Pact begins with the death of a woman who is about to marrying into one of the richest families in America.
Police discover that her body has been put into the exact position of a Da Vinci masterpiece.
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Soon another body follows much to the consternation of Lt Paul Kleberson, head of the homicide squad.
Malcolm was born in 1950 in Bath. He was educated at the city's Technical School, from where he entered the publishing industry in 1967.
Over the next 35 years, he wrote and produced large publications for blue-chip companies including manuals for complex industrial equipment and aircraft, including Concorde and Airbus.
From 1990, he ran his own technical publishing business with offices in three countries, but was forced to take early retirement in 2003 after having a couple of heart attacks either side of his 50th birthday.
The change of routine from being a globe-trotting executive to a retired homeworker allowed him the time to return to his first love, writing, and he has since published various articles, blogs and books on a wide range of factual subjects.
In recent years he has also produced fictional works, publishing some short stories on line before the lure of the murder mystery, a favourite genre in his own reading list, brought about the creation of The Mantis Pact, Phillip Malcolm's first full novel.
Malcolm said : "I was on holiday in Spain with friends and had just read a couple of books and was thinking about buying a third.
"But instead I bought a couple of notebooks and began writing a novel instead of reading one."
The Mantis Pact is published by CepenPark Publishing Ltd at Frome at £12.99.