Live and UnCut WINS
Ripper Fiction Book of the Year!

Ripperology awards two books in their Book of the Year competition among the Ripper Community. This was the first year a Fiction Award was presented and Live and UnCut has won the inaugural Fiction Award. This is a huge honor, to be recognized by historians and Jack the Ripper enthusiasts who embraced the book and voted for it. Considering the book was out of publication since June that is a massive achievement!

As the Axford stories move toward submission to publishing houses this was the perfect icing on a wonderful cake that has been Live and UnCut’s journey.



September 12 – Podcast Appearance – The Star Chamber Show

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Joined The Star Chamber Podcast for a post Bouchercon review. Hosted by Stephen Zimmer, Michael West and Daniel Dark. I also recounted having Daniel visit and stay with us.

Always a fun chat, I am on this for the first 20 minutes but check out the whole episode as the talk with rising horror film maker Tory Jones was class.

To listen to the podcast episode you click here

If you would like to access the Star Chamber Show catalog of episodes click here

Redjack Blogathon Appearance


When Redjack approached me a few months ago, asking if I would like to contribute to their “Blogathon”, I replied “Hell Yeah!”

For four days, there were different blogs posted that were either hosted or shared by Redjack. I wrote an opinion piece regarding Jack the Ripper in fiction.

Here is the link to Redjack, with a Translate option. Here is the Redjack Blogathon OP I wrote for them.

September 7 – Bouchercon  – The New Authors Breakfast

Today I was honored to be chosen to present at the New Authors Breakfast at Bouchercon. Bouchercon is a massive mystery lovers conference featuring some heavy hitters in the genre and many readers, hoping to meet their idols or the next big thing.

The New Authors Breakfast featured approximately 40 authors like myself, who were all given 2 minutes each to pitch their work. With the assistance of on Daniel Dark, the pitch definitely got their attention.

Here is the room that hosted this event:

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To watch the video of the ultimate pitch tag-team. Check it out Here

September 4 – *** MEGA Conference Announcement ***

I have news…….and this time, it’s “MEGA”.

I will be appearing on the Horror and Suspense = Local Author Panel at MEGACON as well as book signings afterwards. I have attached a link below. All friends local to the Tampa Bay area, this looks like a huge conference with some big celebs turning out. One in particular I will be hoping to meet during the event.

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Lock in Sept 21-23. This one’s going to be epic!
#timewilltell #axfordgoestomegacon

Sept 1 – Imaginarium Update/ Panel Announcement

I will be appearing on FOUR panels at the Imaginarium Convention in October. Below is a graphic promoting the panel appearances, please note the days and times. The final panel appearance I will actually be the moderator.

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Very excited. Can’t wait!

August 19 – Review -Trey Stone Author, Blogger

 I met Trey through a reviewer website and Live and UnCut sat on his TBR for a long time. He’s a very busy man. Finally, he reviewed Live and UnCut and I both love and appreciate his feedback.

“A gripping and fascinating book, where I was happy to see a tried and tested old plot device be used for new thrilling stories. The historical mystery had me hooked from the get go and I wasn’t disappointed. Leyshon’s writing style is beautiful and complex, but easy and never dull at the same time. Well researched and planned out, all in all great book.”e to have covered it. This is one book you won’t want to pass up.”

Check out Trey’s Review at his website; Here

August 8 – Awards Announcement – Imadjinn Finalist


Jack the Ripper: Live and UnCut has been selected as a Finalist in the Imadjinn Awards for the Best Mystery category. 

The Awards night will be at the Imaginarium Conference on October 6th. Will let you know how it goes. 

All Imadjinn Finalists can be found here.

August 4 – Interview- Books Reviews and More

The latest round of questions from Suzie Ballinger, who runs the “Books Reviews and More” website.

Always a pleasure Suzie.  Questions

July 28 – Review – Monroe Starr

Monroe Starr was happy to read and review Live and UnCut on her website, as well as conduct an interview. I really enjoyed her questions.

“Leyshon certainly adds his own elements to the Ripper case, intertwining fiction and non-fiction, which I found fit really well together. I promise this book does not disappoint.

He sheds light on the women who lost their lives and the pain that came with it, despite their positions in life or how they were viewed by society.

If you find anything particularly interesting about the Ripper case, Leyshon is sure to have covered it. This is one book you won’t want to pass up.”

Monroe’s  full Review   The Interview 

July 28 – BookeTube – CTinaLovesTo Read 

She’s back again. Christina has uploaded a review clip, giving her assessment of Live and UnCut. 

“This book had me excited from the very beginning. Such an epic time travel adventure. Had me on the edge of my seat. This is a book I’d really like to experience again… it is an experience… “

See her full review  Here

July 17 – Review – The Tranquil Reader 

Another review posted online today. This is from Carmen, aka “The Tranquil Reader”, who speaks favorably of Live and UnCut as well. 

“I am very interested in seeing where this author’s writing career takes him – he’s definitely got a talent for writing, and I most certainly hope that this isn’t the last book that I read from him.”

Read Carmen’s full review  Here

July 16 – BookeTube – CTinaLovesTo Read 

Live and UnCut was featured again on one of Christina’s clips. In her clip “Top 5 Insanely Addictive Books” the book received a favorable mention again.

See my “Book Tuber from the Bronx” Here

July 14 – BookeTube – CTinaLovesTo Read 

On her popular channel “CTinaLoves2Read” Christina gives her ?Mid Year Freak Out” in which she answers listener questions. I was listed as one of her favorite new authors in this clip and she also claimed Jack the Ripper: Live and UnCut has the best looking cover out of her entire library of books!

Check out her YouTube Clip

June 20 – Blog Appearance – Amanda Howard – Author Interview

Today I was the featured author on a blog by the famous, and very generous, Amanda Howard

Amanda is an Australian true crime author, fiction writer and celebrity true crime expert, with her specialty being serial killers. She has a wonderful podcast “Monsters Who Murder” as well as being a regular on Studio 10. She has interviewed some of the most infamous killers on the planet and has the nickname “Serial Killer Whisperer”.

Below is the link to the interview. Thank you so much for featuring me in the blog Amanda, and also a huge thank you for voting for Jack the Ripper: Live and UnCut in the Award for “Jack the Ripper – Book of the Year”. Both mean a lot to this humble expat author trying to make good❤️📘🇦🇺

Click on the link below to see the answers Here

May 25 – Live and UnCut gets the 5 Star Seal of Approval

The popular book review site “Readers’ Favorite” awards this seal if your book receives a five star review. Below is a link to the Review

I can now place this seal anywhere regarding Live and UnCut. On the cover of the book if need be or any promotional material for it. I think it looks good wouldn’t you say?

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May 20 – Blog Appearance – Bryony Leah – Author Interview

I was featured on the lovely Bryony Leah’s Blog . She reviews books and helps promote authors like myself. 

Click on the link below to see the answers  Interview

May 14 – Title released for the second Axford Mystery

The title for the second installment in the series is “Cult Following – A Carl Axford Mystery”. Check out the reveal video:


May 08 – Blog Appearance – Anne Bonny Book Reviews – Q&A

I was featured on Abby’s Blogfor Anne Bonny Books, a website that reviews books and helps promote authors like myself. 

Click on the link below to see the answers from the interview. Thanks again Abby 🙂

Anne Bonny Q&A with @mleyshonauth Matt Leyshon #Author of, Jack The Ripper Live And Uncut and #Extract – Chapter 18 #JackTheRipper #TrueCrime meets #CrimeFiction

May 07 – Jack the Ripper: Live and UnCut Nominated for Author Academy Awards


It is my pleasure to announce that “Jack the Ripper: Live and UnCut” is competing for an Academy Award!!

No, not Oscar, but this is the Author Academy Awards. I am competing in the genre for “Best Thriller”. The big difference with this Award is YOU can vote!

Please click on the link below and vote for the book. Thrillers are in category 10. Please Share this link in the hope of seeking further votes/support. Voting will continue for 3 months, and the other books have a good head start on me. I am confident though that this book can catch and pass them.

Thank you for voting

May 02 – Jack the Ripper: Live and UnCut Nominated for TWO “Jack the Ripper: Book of the Year” Awards

It is with immense pride that I reveal that Jack the Ripper: Live and UnCut has a chance at two awards for “Jack the Ripper Book of the Year”!

In the first group the book of the year has both fiction and non-fiction books combined, which makes it tough. That is the criteria for the award and it is understandable. The other award however does separate fiction and non-fiction, which make things interesting.

It is a great honor be listed for both awards. I honestly didn’t anticipate a warm reception from what I perceived as the demographic most likely to criticize it. Now the book is where it is today and I no longer have a fear for putting the book out there, confident many other readers will enjoy it as well.

Voting in the Polls are open. I will let everyone know how it goes. Fingers crossed

April 21 – *** Conference Announcement ***


I’m very excited to announce that I will be attending another convention, and this one is in my backyard! Bouchercon 2018 in St Petersburg, FL, September 6th -9th.
This is a mystery and crime fiction convention and I am really looking forward to it. It will be a terrific opportunity on many fronts. I will be hopefully participating in a panel discussion or two (TBD). Once I know the topics and times, I’ll post them on here for those who may be attending.
Of course, I will also be there promoting my book and hopefully will have updates regarding the new installment in the Axford/Limbo mystery series..
This looks like a great convention and I am thrilled to be a part of it, especially being so close to home.
Here is a link for more details, especially for local peeps:


April 15 – *** Conference Announcement ***


Thrilled  to announce that I will be attending the Imaginarium Convention in Louisville Kentucky, in October this year.

I will be participating in a few panel discussions. Once I know the topics and times, I’ll post them on here. The prospect of meeting Daniel HooberryHolly Marie Phillippe and Stephen Zimmer and getting to know them better over a few days is also very exciting.

Of course, I will also be there promoting my book and hopefully will have updates regarding the new installment in the Axford/Limbo mystery series..

This looks like a great convention and I am thrilled to be a part of it. Here is a link for more details:


April 06 – 08 RIPPERCON

I had an absolute blast at Rippercon. There were some terrific presentations, met some wonderful people and also had a great time as a panelist on the Ripper Fiction Panel. 

Learned a lot and made some new friends which I hope will extend years beyond Rippercon. An incredible experience and also gained some new readers and hopefully fans.

More pics in the Gallery

The Ripper Fiction Panel. Bernard Beaule, Janis Wilson and myself.


March 23 – I will be attending the Rippercon Conference as a Guest Panelist

YES!! I will be attending Rippercon, The Jack the Ripper- True Crime Conference this year (April 6th-8th). I’ll also be appearing as a panelist on the Ripper Fiction discussion as well as being totally in my element, among people with similar interests, but know a lot more than I.

Will be meeting some good friends in person for the first time as well. A huge opportunity to network and can’t wait to sit in on the panel and I’m extremely excited.


March 22 – Jack the Ripper: Live and UnCut – NEW COVER

It is with great pleasure, and pride that I unveil the new cover for Jack the Ripper: Live and UnCut. Finally, this mainstream thriller finally has the cover that fits.Very excited.

Check out the launch video as well. A little dramatic, but it’s a big deal

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February 14 – Podcast Appearance – The Star Chamber Show

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Had a wonderful time appearing on The Star Chamber Podcast. Hosted by Stephen Zimmer, Holly Phillippe and Daniel Dark. I already knew Daniel but had not spoken to Steve and Holly before. A great way to spend part of your Valentines Day, chatting about your passion with some creative kindred spirits.

Had a terrific chat with them, a lot of fun, and they were good enough to let me plug the book. They were very welcoming considering I was a caller, turned co-host. 

Lots more to come where these guys are concerned. I can tell. 

To listen to the podcast episode you click here

If you would like to access the Star Chamber Show catalog of episodes click here


January 21 – Podcast Appearance – Rippercast

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Totally abandoning my promotional lull to appear as a guest panelist on Rippercast. This episode was dedicated to discussing Jack the Ripper in fiction as well as our respective approaches to researching and writing a fiction work with Jack the Ripper in it. On the panel were Bernard Beaule, Daniel Dark, Michael Hawley, Jana Oliver and myself. Hosting the show were Jonathan Menges, Iain Wilson and Ally Rider.

It was such a great discussion! I think there were many take aways from the chat but I think the most significant one that shone through for me was that there ARE fictional authors who care about representing The Ripper well in fiction and we research a lot. 

To listen to the podcast episode you click here

If you would like to access the  Rippercast catalog of episodes click here





December 29 – 5 Star Review from Redjack

And another 5 star review! This one is from Alessandro at @BlogRedjack. The book has now branched out into Italy!

That is 4 out of 4 Ripper Publications giving Live and UnCut a very enthusiastic thumbs up. This review is in Italian but has the option on the Page to translate the Review into English.

Very humbled. Thank you Alessandro.

Here is a link to the Redjack Review

December 24 – 5 Dagger Rating from The H Division Crtime Club and The Dagger: True Crime Magazine

And another 5 star/dagger review! Check out what H Division Crime Club had to say about Jack the Ripper: Live and UnCut:

“A fresh and exciting tale which will please and entertain all those with a keen interest in Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel Murders. Easily the best Jack the Ripper crime fiction novel of the last decade. A “must have” for all enthusiasts in the field. We award this 5/5 Daggers for crime excellence.”
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A huge honor and a Merry Christmas indeed. Thanks Ricky, I look forward to the full review.


December 13 – Book Signing – Books at Park Place

Had a great time again at Books at Park Place, signing more books and getting to know some fellow authors. Thanks again to Mark and Nancy at Books at Park Place. This was the Steampunk Holiday – Multi Author Event with members of the Tampa Bay Steampunk Society attending. Made some new friends and have remained in touch with a couple. 

A special shot out to Elise Kova, who was very accommodating and willing to chat with a new author like myself. Her advise has been paramount to my becoming a better author outside of my book. The creation of this very website was one of her tips. Thank you Elise.


December 9 – Book Signing – Books at Park Place

My FIRST BOOK SIGNING!! I was beyond excited to host my first in store book signing and was privileged to have collaborated with Mark and Nancy at Books at Park Place. to make it happen. 

A decent turnout with some readers getting their own copy as well as a reading from me. Thank you to all that came out and made this such a special night for me. I feel like a proper author now. 


December 2 – Ripperologist Magazine Review

I just received a fantastic review from Ripperologist Magazine! David Green, the gentlemen,  who reviews the Fiction submissions, loved the book. Here is a snippet of his glowing review:

“The originality and the consistent ingenuity of the storytelling make this a deeply rewarding and sublime book on many levels. A cut above most Jack the Ripper, crime and horror fiction.”

I was also asked to do an interview for the magazine, extremely rare for a fiction author. It was an honor. I am finally feeling like this book may actually be something decent.

Check out the Full Review (Alert – There are spoilers) and the  Interview

November 24 – Book Depository Launch


For my Aussie and UK readers. Jack the Ripper: Live and UnCut is now available on Book Depository! Here is the link to the book:   Book Depository

November 20 – Now available in Paperback

Jack the Ripper: Live and UnCut is now available in Paperback!

Very excited. It is now available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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November 11 – Now available to purchase in eBook

A very special announcement. Yes, Jack the Ripper: Live and UnCut is available or purchase in Kindle, Nook, Apple and other eBook formats.

You can find the book on Amazon Kindle  or Smashwords

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October 28 – 5 Star Review – The Whitechapel Society 

My first major review and it’s a 5 star one. Samantha Hulass at The Whitechapel Society have given Live and UnCut a terrific review and she is definitely a fan. I wasn’t sure how this book would be received by The Ripper Community but this is exactly the start I was hoping for. 

Check out the Full Review  here.


October 14 – Wordier Than Thou Book Fair

My first public appearance as an author and already I am unorthodox. I attended the Book Fair in Clearwater, host by Wordier Than Thou. I say unorthodox as I had a table at the book fair and had no book to sell. 

I did have plenty of tools to use to have an effective display. Definitely some people interested in the book, one may lead to my location of my first book signing. 

Time to get a book to compliment this fine table. 

August 2 – Original Cover Reveal

And finally……behold, the cover for Jack the Ripper: Live and UnCut


July 27 – Social Media Release

There is now Jack the Ripper:Live and UnCut accounts for:

Facebook   Twitter   Instagram


They say a picture tells 1,000 words. This one represents just over 100,000.

At the age of 6 my first grade teacher was the first person to tell me “keep writing stories”. It’s encouragement I’ve received ever since from many people. 

What this picture represents is my completing the first draft of my first novel. You can’t see much around me, as it’s 2:30am at the time it was taken, but I am sitting on the edge of a pier at Little Harbor, FL, drinking champagne and about to call the first person, my mother, to let her know I was done. 

There’s still plenty of work ahead of me, and I will be staying here a few days to work on it, but I cannot describe the relief in finally reaching the milestone of completing a first novel. I am extremely grateful for the support I have had to this point both prior to this book and during it’s creation. Especially from Susan and the kids who know I went down a very deep and dark rabbit hole of research to write this. There were many late night, just like this one. 

More info about the book will be coming out shortly for those who are interested. Just wanted to let people know who have been supportive of my writing and wanting to see an end result, it’s coming! 

First Draft Finished

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