Listed Dead (A Bunch Courtney Investigation) by Jan Edwards
November 1940. The Battle of Britain has only just ended and the horror of the Blitz is reaching its height.
Two deaths in rapid succession on the Sussex Downs brings Bunch Courtney and Chief Inspector Wright together once more. What could possibly link a fatal auto accident with the corpse in a derelict shepherd’s hut? The only clue the pair have is a handwritten list of the members of a supper club that meets at London’s Café de Paris.
Two of those on that list are now dead and the race is on to solve the mystery before any more end up on the mortuary slab.
Listed dead is third in the Bunch Courtney Investigates series. Available in paper and digital formats.
A body is found in a car after a fatal crash in the Sussex countryside not far from Bunch’s home. Another death soon after has the police looking for a connection. A crumpled list was found with one of the victims, and the names were familiar to Bunch as most were debs in the same season as her or Dodo, her sister.
This time, due to her knowledge of the locality and people involved, Bunch is called upon as a police consultant and teams up with with Chief Inspector Wright. She is feisty and fearless, which makes for a cracking character.
Bunch keeps her eyes open and her ear to the ground, visiting the people on the list who are all members of the ‘Supper Club’. They meet up at the Café de Paris regularly. She was better placed to find out any gossip that may shed light on the goings on, although not all of them welcomed her intrusion. She actually gets to dress up a bit and visit the Café de Paris herself.
Rose (Bunch) Courtney’s childhood home, Perringham House, has been taken over for the war effort. Bunch and her grandmother and staff are still living in the Dower House within the grounds. Her mother is not well, but carries on with her life as if nothing is wrong spending most of her time at the house in London.
I love Bunch’s relationship with William Wright, the teasing and banter. I look forward to where it goes next.
The author’s descriptive writing took me into a world gone by. I loved the details of the war years. During the bombing raids in London and the darkness of walking the city streets during blackout it felt all too real.
There were plenty of twists and turns in this murder mystery, secrets from the past, gossip and lies.
The author’s attention to detail made for a great read.
I usually read fast-paced crime fiction set in the present day, so this was different for me. I really enjoyed it.
Thanks to the author for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.
Many thanks to Jan for the mention in the acknowledgements, it’s an honour. Jan is a big champion of the arts in Stoke-on-Trent, and a regular at our Stoke author/blogger meet ups.
Publication by Penkhull Press on 6th August 2020
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Listed Dead: Bunch Courtney Investigation #3
Paperback: £9.99 / ebook £2.95
Publication: 6th August 2020
About the Author
Jan Edwards is a Sussex-born writer now living in the West Midlands. She was a Master Locksmith for 20 years but also tried her hand at bookselling, microfiche photography, livery stable work, motorcycle sales and market gardening. Her short fiction can be found in crime, horror and fantasy anthologies in UK, US and Europe; including both of the upcoming titles Mammoth Book of Folk Horror and Book of Extraordinary Sherlock Holmes Stories. Jan edits anthologies for The Alchemy Press, and has written for Dr Who spinoffs with Reel Time Pictures.
Jan is available for interviews and appearances, get in touch at the links below.
Amazon author page: Jan Edwards
Author blog: janedwardsblog.wordpress.com
Penkhull Press at: https://thepenkhullpress.wordpress.com/