Author Review — James Melville

2017 Limelight Reviews
Author Review

James Melville is one of the pseudonyms of Roy Peter Martin (5 January 1931 – 23 March 2014). Under the pseudonym of Hampton Charles he also wrote 3 novels in the popular Miss Seeton series (see review of this series here). However, as James Melville, he created Superintendent Tetsuo Otani of the Kobe police. He wrote 13 novels about Otani as well as several spy stories, historical novels, including The Imperial Way about the 1936 Japanese military coup, and a history of the Japanese emperors.

Please click the links below for booklists and write-ups of Melville’s work.

Tetsuo Otani Novels

Other Novels

As Hampton Charles

Find books by Roy Peter Martin as pseudonyms James Melville and Hampton Charles in the SMSA Library Catalogue.


Tom Thorburn
Director, Board of the SMSA,
and Life Member