We all did things during Lockdown that we never thought we'd do. Me? I was inspired to write a 1940s murder mystery set in Erdington, the UK. And when people really liked it, I wrote a sequel as well.
I am a huge fan of the classic 1930s and 1940s mysteries - and Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Inspired by a series of adverts I discovered in some old editions of the Picture Post magazine, The Custard Corpses took shape.
For those of you who read my Saxon stories, yes, Erdington would have been part of Mercia in the Saxon era, so I didn't really stray from familiar territory.
The Erdington Mysteries are available in ebook, paperback, hardback and audio.
Lady Merryweather has had a shocking year. Apprehended for the murder of her husband the year before, and only recently released, she hopes a trip away from London will allow her to grieve. The isolated, but much loved, Cragside Estate in North Northumberland, home of her friends, Lord and Lady Bradbury, holds special memories for her.
But, no sooner has she arrived than the body of one of the guests is found on the estate, and suspicion immediately turns on her. Perhaps, there are no friendships to be found here, after all.
Released, due to a lack of evidence, Lady Ella returns to Cragside only to discover a second murder has taken place in her absence, and one she can’t possibly have committed.
Quickly realizing that these new murders must be related to that of her beloved husband, Lady Merryweather sets out to solve the crime, once and for all. But there are many who don’t want her to succeed, and as the number of murder victims increases, the possibility that she might well be the next victim can’t be ignored.
Journey to the 1930s Cragside Estate, to a period house-party where no one is truly safe, and the estate is just as deadly as the people.