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Diane Janes grew up in Birmingham. In between marrying and raising two children she worked in seemingly every field, from mortgages to engineering, until eventually she gave up the day job to write full time. This resulted in two shortlistings for the CWA Debut Dagger and subsequent publication. Diane has lived in the north of England for the last twenty years. When not writing or lecturing she enjoys travel and watching tennis.
May 2011 Book of the Month. A harrowing psychological thriller about a woman who is unable to cope with the abduction of her daughter. The story has some surprising twists and once you get into the book you will be absolutely engrossed to the last page...
CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Finalist 2010. CWA Judges’ comments: 'A powerful psychological thriller in the vein of the early Barbara Vine. Four youngsters come together in an isolated country house where petty jealousies and grudges lead to catastrophic consequences.'
On a bitter day in January 1934 a young woman pays an unexpected visit to the occupant of the condemned cell in Armley Jail in Leeds. The man is Ernest Brown, who stands convicted of the murder of his employer, Frederick Morton, and is soon to be hanged. The woman is Florence Morton, the victim's sister. Florence knows that Ernest is a bad lot. He deserted from the army, acquired a criminal record for theft and drunken driving, and has admitted to having had an affair with the victim's wife. But did he kill her brother, Freddy Morton? Based on a true story, the mystery surrounding Freddy Morton's death unfolds page by page, drawing the reader into a fascinating web of conflicting statements, competing loyalties, and a seemingly impossible murder scenario. As the clock ticks and the day of Ernest's execution approaches, will Florence manage to discover the truth about the brutal murder of her brother?
In January 1931, on a lonely stretch of Northumberland road known as Wolf's Nick, flames rose up into the night sky from the neighboring moorland. Beyond anyone's help, Evelyn Foster, a young taxi driver, lay near her burning car--herself engulfed in flames--desperately hoping to be found by a passing vehicle. With her last breath she described her attacker: a mysterious man with a bowler hat who had asked her to drive him to the next village, then attacked her and left her to die. What followed was a remarkable effort by some members of the police to track down Evelyn's killer--while other members of the force questioned the circumstances, Evelyn's character, and even if there was a man at all. Professional crime writer and lecturer Diane Janes gained unprecedented access to Evelyn's case files. Through her evocative description, gift for storytelling and detailed factual narrative, Diane takes the reader back to the scene of the crime, painting a vivid description of village life and the social attitudes of the 1930s. Central to this tragic tale is a daughter, sister, and friend who lost her life in an unspeakably horrific way, and the likely name of her murderer--revealed for the first time.
On 22 June 1931, Lieutenant Hugh Chevis and Frances, his bride of six months, sat down to dinner as usual at their bungalow at Deepcut Barracks. Within an hour, Chevis was showing signs of strychnine poisoning and by the next morning he was dead. Thus began one of the most intriguing unsolved murder enquiries of the twentieth century - soon to become known as `The Case of the Poisoned Partridge'. When a mysterious telegram arrived from Dublin on the day of Hugh's funeral, containing the words `HOORAY HOORAY HOORAY', the Surrey Police found themselves at the centre of an international investigation, considering clues from Eire, India and the Far East. Suspicion also fell on those closer to home. Was it possible to break the alibi provided by Major Jackson, Frances Chevis's former husband? And what of the enigmatic Frances herself? Featuring previously unpublished material, this book provides the definitive account of the Poisoned Partridge Case.
In suburban Croydon over a period of ten months during 1928-9, three members of the same family died suddenly. A complex police investigation followed, but no charges were ever brought and the mystery remains officially unsolved. In the eighty years which followed, the finger of suspicion has been pointed at one member of the family after another: now, using the original police files and other contemporary documents, Diane Janes meticulously reconstructs these astonishing events and offers a new solution to an old murder mystery.
Caroline Luard was shot near Ightham in Kent in 1908. Within weeks her husband, a respectable Major-General, committed suicide. Two years later John Nisbet, a colliery cashier, was robbed and murdered on a train in Northumberland. Police arrested a man called John Dickman, who was subsequently executed. The conviction, however, relied on circumstantial evidence. In 1950 C.H. Norman, who acted as official shorthand writer at Dickman's trial, claimed that Dickman was framed for Nisbet's murder. Is it conceivable that John Dickman was guilty of both murders? Or was he framed, and unjustly executed? These true crimes bear all the hallmarks of traditional English period murder: steam trains, revolvers, an isolated summerhouse, retired army officers, parlour maids, as well as murder and love.
Caroline Luard was shot near Ightham in Kent in 1908. In 1910, John Nisbet, a colliery cashier, was murdered on a train in Northumberland. Three days after the crime, police arrested a man called John Dickman, who was subsequently executed. Is it conceivable that John was guilty of both murders? This book provides an account of both murders.
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