Long Man's ShadowBook - 2016
An intriguing and gripping murder mystery set in the depths of leafy Sussex
Could the widowed Mrs Stonier be the the new Miss Marple?
Having taken early retirement from her job in publishing, she now works in The Home of Taste, a retro-vintage shop. This is useful as she has 'downsized' to a flat in Stoke Newington and needs to organise her 'tat'.
While sorting through her boxes, she comes across one containing photos, labelled the Brittan albums, which she had bought with her late husband at a car boot sale in Essex 10 years earlier. The photos were taken in the 1930s.
On a foray to Sussex to stay with her sister, a body is discovered. It is in a well at Willmans House, Fairlingly, where renovation work is being carried out. Apparently the female body has been there some time.
Our amateur detective realises that this is where the photographs in the albums were taken.
Using her new-found skills from her evening classes on family history, she begins to research the families in the photos, the Brittans and, their close neighbours, the Jeavingtons.
Gradually their profiles begin to emerge. However, in Sussex, despite the help of her sister and the local vicar in unravelling the mystery, there is unexpected local opposition to her enquiries.
Why so many years after a murder had been committed should there be so much local interest?
As Mrs Stonier digs deeper, the questions multiply...
Anne Wilkinson is a retired marine lawyer with a PhD in the history of amateur gardening, on which she has written three books. She has had a life-long interest in crime fiction and true crime stories, and in her own fiction she combines her experience of genealogical research with rediscovered crimes in a unique way. Anne's other interests include gardening, cooking and vintage and retro antique collecting, all of which have appeared, or will soon appear, in her books.
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