Devon, Historical Fiction, Prayer Book Rebellion, Susanna Jones, Rob Magnusson

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Tim Heald was a journalist and author of mysteries. Born in Dorchester, he studied modern history at Oxford before becoming a reporter, and columnist for the Sunday Times. He began writing novels in the early ’70s, introducing Simon Bognor, a defiantly lazy investigator for the British Board of Trade. Heald followed Bognor through nine more novels, including Murder At Moose Jaw (1981) and Business Unusual (1989) before taking a two decade break from the series. In the early 2000’s Heald wrote three crime novels featuring Tudor Cornwall, academic turned investigator: Death And The Visiting Fellow, Death on The Ocean Wave and Death and The D'Urbervilles.

Heald also distinguished himself as a biographer. He wrote official biographies of cricket legends Denis Compton and Brian Johnston, and various Royal personages, among other non-fiction on a range of subjects.

Tim Heald died in November 2016.

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‘A constant pleasure’ Daily Telegraph

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‘Crime with a P.G. Wodehouse flair’ Chicago Tribune

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‘A denouement vintage as High Table port’ Sheridan Morley

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‘Tom Sharpe couldn’t have done it better’ New Statesman

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‘A dazzling whodunnit’ Jilly Cooper

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‘Lighthearted – but lethal’ Chicago Tribune

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Death and The Visiting Fellow

Dark deeds and deception down under for Tudor Cornwall

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Death and The D'Urbervilles

Tudor Cornwall tries to rewrite Tess of the D'Urbervilles as a murder mystery - with fatal results.

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A Death on The Ocean Wave

Rum doings aboard the good ship Duchess as Tudor Cornwall embarks on a nautical mystery

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‘Compton was not the last of the double internationals, but he was the greatest’ Michael Parkinson

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‘a masterpiece which will humanise the legend’ Daily Mail

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The Character of Cricket

‘First-rate stuff, in the great and... timeless tradition of English cricket writing.’ Punch

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