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Jim Kelly - Author

About the Author

Jim Kelly is a journalist and education correspondent for the Financial Times. He lives in Ely with the biographer Midge Gilles and their young daughter. The Water Clock, his first novel, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award for best first crime novel of 2002. His second, The Fire Baby, publishes in February 2004 and also features Philip Dryden.


 

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The Night Raids

The Night Raids

Author: Jim Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/02/2020

A lone German bomber crosses the East coast of Britain on a moonless night in the long hot summer of 1940. The pilot picks up the silver thread of a river and following it to his target, drops his bomb over Cambridge's rail yards. The shell falls short of its mark, and lands in a maze-like neighbourhood of terraced streets on the edge of the city's medieval centre. D I Eden Brooke is first on the scene and discovers the body of an elderly woman, Nora Wylde, beside her shattered bed in a terrace house on Elm Street, two fingers on her left hand severed, in what looks like a brutal attempt by looters to steal her rings. When the next day Nora's teenage granddaughter, Peggy, a munitions worker at Marshall's Airfield, is reported missing, Brooke realises there is more to the situation that meets the eye.

The Mathematical Bridge A Cambridge Wartime Mystery

The Mathematical Bridge A Cambridge Wartime Mystery

Author: Jim Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2019

Cambridge, 1940. Snow is falling thick and fast on a cold winter's night. As a college porter makes his nightly rounds, he is startled to hear a boy's desperate screams for help coming from the icy river below. But by dawn the river has claimed its victim. When the following night an Irish Republican slogan is left at the scene of a factory explosion, Detective Inspector Eden Brooke questions whether there could be a connection between the two events. As more riddles come to light, he begins to close in on a killer, but there is one last twist: it seems that the boy had his own startling secret.

The Doolittle Irony

The Doolittle Irony

Author: Jim Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2019

The Mathematical Bridge A Cambridge Wartime Mystery

The Mathematical Bridge A Cambridge Wartime Mystery

Author: Jim Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/02/2019

Cambridge, 1940. It is the first winter of the war and the snow is falling thick and fast. A college porter, crossing the ancient Mathematical Bridge on his nightly rounds, is startled to hear a child's cries for help coming from the icy river below. Detective Inspector Eden Brooke is summoned by police whistle and commandeers a punt in a desperate attempt to save the child, but the flood carries the boy away into the night. By dawn there is no trace of the victim. The boy was Sean Flynn, part of a group of Irish Catholic children evacuated from a poor London parish. When an explosion causes damage at a factory engaged in war work and the bombers leave an Irish Republican slogan at the scene, Brooke questions whether there could be a connection between the two events. As more riddles come to light, he begins to close in on a killer, but there is one last twist: it seems that Sean Flynn had his own startling secret.

Living with the Paranormal

Living with the Paranormal

Author: Jim Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/09/2018

The Great Darkness

The Great Darkness

Author: Jim Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2018

1939, Cambridge. The opening weeks of the Second World War, and the first blackout - The Great Darkness - covers southern England, enveloping the city. Detective Inspector Eden Brooke, a wounded hero of the Great War, takes his nightly dip in the cool waters of the Cam. The night is full of alarms, but in this Phoney War, the enemy never comes. But daylight reveals a corpse on the riverside, the body torn apart by some unspeakable force. Brooke investigates, calling on the expertise and inspiration of a faithful group of fellow 'nighthawks' across the city, all condemned, like him, to a life lived away from the light. Within hours The Great Darkness has claimed a second victim. War, it seems, has many victims. But what links these crimes of the night?

Pitchman's Blues

Pitchman's Blues

Author: Jim Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2018

This short story collection offers snapshots of a life. A kid is set up by an old uncle to think he's going to be scalped. Seeing demons in every shadow a few nights later, he's told by an older cousin it was all a joke, that adults always seem to want kids to go through the same bad things they did. Just how they are. Shut up, he's advised. Get used to it. Hunkered in the dark listening. In the next room, bubbling a bottle with a drinking buddy, his Old Man telling tales of roadhouse glory. Bad odds fist fights, rearranged faces that stay that way. For weeks he wakes afraid to touch his face. Will his nose, ears and eyes have shifted places while he slept, his face forever scrambled, rearranged? Riots and war. Conscription. The fights, the violence no longer just yarns heard late at night. Drafted at eighteen, he has to decide, will he go halfway round the world to kill people he has no earthly quarrel with? Considers conscientious objection. His girlfriend bluntly asks him when he became a pacifist. You can't, she suggests, the minute you get drafted, suddenly announce yourself as some kind of Instant Gandhi. Not, anyway, and expect a Draft Board made up of World War II vets to buy it. Teaching in a tiny mountain town. Some kids, he's told early on, are just too dumb to bother with. Signing on for a salesman's pay. Hit your quota or hit the road. Logic of a kiss, that sprung free promise of what life can be, the one constant throughout. A better way glimpsed, lost and found, here and gone. Pitchman's blues.

The Great Darkness

The Great Darkness

Author: Jim Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/02/2018

1939, Cambridge. The opening weeks of the Second World War, and the first blackout - The Great Darkness - covers southern England, enveloping the city. Detective Inspector Eden Brooke, a wounded hero of the Great War, takes his nightly dip in the cool waters of the Cam. The night is full of alarms, but in this Phoney War, the enemy never comes. But daylight reveals a corpse on the riverside, the body torn apart by some unspeakable force. Brooke investigates, calling on the expertise and inspiration of a faithful group of fellow 'nighthawks' across the city, all condemned, like him, to a life lived away from the light. Within hours The Great Darkness has claimed a second victim. War, it seems, has many victims. But what links these crimes of the night?

Death Ship A British police procedural

Death Ship A British police procedural

Author: Jim Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2017

Death on Demand

Death on Demand

Author: Jim Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/01/2017

Death Ship A British police procedural

Death Ship A British police procedural

Author: Jim Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/2016

Death on Demand A Shaw and Valentine Police Procedural

Death on Demand A Shaw and Valentine Police Procedural

Author: Jim Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

At Death's Window: A Shaw and Valentine Police Procedural

At Death's Window: A Shaw and Valentine Police Procedural

Author: Jim Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2014

The Funeral Owl

The Funeral Owl

Author: Jim Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Nightrise

Nightrise

Author: Jim Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/01/2014

Death's Door

Death's Door

Author: Jim Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2012

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