In Her Defence by Jan Edwards @Jancoledwards #InHerDefence @penkhullpress #bookreview

In Her Defence cover

In Her Defence (A Bunch Courtney Investigation) by Jan Edwards


Bunch Courtney’s hopes for a quiet market-day lunch with her sister are shattered when a Dutch refugee dies a horribly painful death before their eyes. A few days later Bunch receives a letter from her old friend Cecile saying that her father, Professor Benoir, has been murdered in an eerily similar fashion. Two deaths by poisoning in a single week. Co-incidence? Bunch does not believe that any more than Chief Inspector William Wright.

Set against a backdrop of escalating war and the massed internments of 1940, the pair are drawn together in a race to prevent the murderer from striking again.

My Thoughts

With the setting in the Sussex countryside, I felt the heat of the unseasonably warm Spring. The author’s descriptive writing took me into a world gone by. I loved the details of the war years. I loved the horsey side of things too.

Rose (Bunch) Courtney’s childhood home, Perringham House, has been taken over for the war effort. Bunch and her grandmother and staff are living in the Dower House. There is a hierarchy of diplomats, military and civilians. Bunch and her sister Dodo witness a horrible death in the pub on a busy market day. She receives news that an old friend’s father has died a similar horrible death, looks like poisoning. Could they be connected? With further deaths the locals get twitchy. Bunch is again the amateur sleuth along with Chief Inspector Wright. Bunch keeps her eyes open and her ear to the ground, pursuing the locals for any gossip which may shed light on the goings on. There were plenty of twists and turns in this murder mystery.

The author’s attention to detail made for a great read, especially with the local dialect (I was reading in the accent in my head!)

I usually read fast-paced crime fiction set in the present day, so this was different for me. I really enjoyed it.

I loved the cover design!

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

Thanks to the author for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication by Penkhull Press on 4th April 2019

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK In Her Defence

ISBN : 978 0993000898  Penkhull Press

Paperback £9.99  | ebook £2.95

Other books by Jan Edwards:  Winter Downs: Bunch Courtney Investigation #1; Sussex Tales; Fables & Fabrications; Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties;  Olive Hawthorne: Daemons of Devils End (book and script team for Dr Who DVD)

About the author Author pic

Jan was born in Sussex, currently living in North Staffordshire. In addition to being a writer she is also a Reiki Master Teacher and Meditational Healer. Jan is available for interviews and appearances.


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