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Pub Date 29 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 12 Feb 2022

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Delivering twist after brilliant twist, this clever whodunnit will keep you guessing until the final page.

 The Irving retirement home for actors in their twilight years is never short of drama.

 Not least when legendary thespian Sir Frank Taylor is discovered dead in his bloody bed. A Nazi dagger plunged deep into his chest.

 He was once England’s most dazzling leading man, but someone is clearly not a fan.

 Detectives French and Edwards are called to the home to investigate. And soon find out the star of the stage was hiding a shocking secret he never wanted his public to know.

 The inmates at the Irving are now living in perpetual fear. Who will be next?

 The race is on to uncover the truth before the killer strikes again.

A victim who thought he could outrun his past.
A killer who’ll never forget.
Two detectives determined to find the truth.


Perfect for fans of Midsomer Murders, Agatha Christie, Frances Lloyd, Catherine Moloney, Anthony Horowitz, or Ann Cleeves.

Readers can’t get enough of the Oldminster mysteries:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  “What a twisty plot! Kind of like if Agatha Christie was alive and writing mysteries in the present.” Karen

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  “Blackmail, crime, murder, revenge, obsession, deception, lies and secrets . . . this book has it all!” Linda S.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  “One to read slowly, and savour like a fine wine.” MyShelf

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  “Crime, murder, debt, revenge, family, image, obsession, past impacting the present . . . so many emotions and motivations in this book!” Cathy

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  “Enjoyed it immensely.” Aileen

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  “This is a quality modern-day murder mystery but with an old-fashioned feel. Well written and entertaining with excellent characterization throughout, plenty of plot twists and turns . . . certainly more than enough for this reader at any rate. Authentic and engaging from first to last page. Highly recommended.” John

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  “A fantastic mystery that is well written and has great characters. I loved this book and want to read more from this author.” Cristie

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  “Great read. The author wrote a story that was interesting and moved at a pace that kept me engaged. The characters were easy to invest in.” Heather

Oldminster is a city with a past and an ancient cathedral at its heart. Visit the twisty maze-like streets of the old quarter, and prepare to fall in love. But cross over the river — to the seamy side of town — and you’ll discover a secret side to this picture-perfect little place. Oldminster might seem like a place for summer rain and golden sunsets, but like Miss Marple’s village, it’s cram-full of wickedness.


DS Glyn Edwards
Thirty-something DS Edwards lives with his wife Sandra, but his home life is anything but blissful. Is his career about to cost him his marriage? Or can he find a way to reconcile the two? Either way, Glyn is a very hands-on detective who never gives up on a case. He works hand-in-glove with his superior officer . . .

DI Paul French
Redoubtable Detective French has always been a stickler for order, detail and procedure — until the arrival of his baby daughter late in his marriage to Moira turned his orderly world upside down. Still, he doesn’t suffer fools gladly, and is more than a match for certain prickly, well-to-do residents of Oldminster.



Delivering twist after brilliant twist, this clever whodunnit will keep you guessing until the final page.

 The Irving retirement home for actors in their twilight years is never short of drama.


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