Devon, Prayer Book Rebellion, Apple names and varieties, Sixteenth-century historical fiction, Woman narrator
business unusual tim heald
‘Lighthearted – but lethal’ Chicago Tribune
In the dullest town in England, Bognor becomes enmeshed in a civic club murder.
English politicians love to prattle on about the honest mettle of towns like Scarpington – mid-sized cities full of ugly buildings, ugly people, and a surfeit of wholesome values. In hopes of learning more about just what the nation’s heartland is up to, the Board of Trade orders special investigator Simon Bognor to relocate to Scarpington and not to return until he knows what makes the place tick. It does not take long for him to find the answer. Like everywhere else he’s ever visited, Scarpington runs on a toxic mixture of greed, sex, and murder. Bognor is sitting in on the meeting of the local Artisans’ Lodge when the keynote speaker keels over dead.
Bognor has seen enough murder to know it on sight. As he looks for the culprit, he discovers dark secrets beneath Scarpington’s homely facade – and a civic character that would horrify even the most depraved of politicians.
‘Lighthearted – but lethal’
Category: Crime Fiction
Publication Date: April 2015
Territories: World English ex USA
ISBN: 978 1 910570 21 0
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