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Jenny Francis is the pen name of Patricia Scudamore and Hilton Catt, who are well known authors of business and careers books which they have been writing for the last twenty years. More recently they have diversified into crime thrillers. They are great believers in using the power of books to spread important messages.
Following on from Silent Passage, Blood Ties is the second in a series of easy to read whodunits featuring the cases of rule-breaker DI Charlie Moon, set in Birmingham at the time of the millennium. The body of a small-time, city-based criminal found in a deserted country wood is the beginning of a frustrating investigation that looks to be going nowhere until DI Moon makes a surprising discovery. Full of twists and turns and well worth the time to discover more by reading the free Opening Extract.
It is 2001 and Detective Inspector Charlie Moon is back with a new case! A prisoner found hanging in his cell after serving over twenty years of a life sentence draws Moon into the investigation of a murder which took place in the 1970s - a student named Sharon Baxter who was stabbed to death and her body dumped at the side of a canal. At first nothing seems to make sense and the plot thickens with the discovery that all the files on the case have mysteriously gone missing leading Moon to suspect a police cover-up and implications going far beyond a simple miscarriage of justice. Assisted once again by his journalist friend, Jo Lyon, Moon sets about following a trail of clues which soon reveal the chilling truth about how an innocent man came to be convicted of a crime he did not commit. Dark secrets from the past are uncovered as Moon and Jo piece together what turns out to be a harrowing tale of corruption and depravity stretching back many years. It is not long, however, before Moon is drawn into conflict with his bosses and he is forced to choose between yielding to their wishes to drop the case or putting his career on the line. Moon realises time is not on his side but will he discover who killed Sharon and why before it is too late? There is, however, one final twist to the story - a twist nobody expects not even Charlie Moon!
It is 1963. When General Franco, right-wing leader of Spain, decides to take a short break in the small fishing town of Los Tidos, incognito, of course, a catalogue of events is set in motion that could never have been foreseen by his long-suffering security team... The outward appearance of Los Tidos is deceptive. Within the bougainvillea-clad exterior live a rich cast of characters, some of whom have love on their minds; others, murder. While local carpenter Jaime tries with limited success to find love using a dating agency, his friend Pepe plots to poison his harridan wife, and town drunk Uncle Pablo causes mischief wherever he goes. Pablo's dog, Waldorf, becomes entangled in the poisoning plot with near-calamitous consequences and a honey trap intended to kidnap General Franco goes disastrously wrong when the honey in question mistakes Uncle Pablo for the Spanish dictator. And all the time, Los Tidos' priest, Father Miguel, is worrying about where he might find two saintly figures for the town's Feast of the Two Virgins, an event only celebrated in Los Tidos every 25 years... Set against the backdrop of 1960s Spain, The Tale of the Two Virgins is a rollicking tale of murderous plans, mistaken identities and convoluted affairs of the heart. It is ultimately a light, humorous read that will appeal to a wide range of readers.
Detective Inspector Charlie Moon is no stranger to murder, but the case at 17 Gooch Terrace is particularly gruesome. There is no clear motive, but Moon uncovers a further four almost identical murders - years apart and spread across hundreds of miles. With the help of his friend and journalist Jo Lyon, he begins to make some intriguing connections, but his methods don't sit well with the powers that be. Soon, he is taken off the job and assigned to investigate the lowly case of a Peeping Tom. With the murder still niggling him, Charlie Moon tracks down the stalker who has been trailing and filming a glamorous and efficient secretary who has recently moved to the area. Further investigation leads Moon to suspect that the Peeping Tom may hold the key to more than just the Mini he drives round in - a fact that surprises the stalker as much as it does Moon. Can Charlie Moon unravel the complex case of the Gooch Terrace murder and get his career back on track? Or will the murderer strike again before he solves the crime? A gripping tale of murder, embezzlement, extortion and intrigue, TheSilent Passage will appeal to fans of crime fiction.
Blood Ties is the second murder mystery which features Detective Inspector Charlie Moon. Like the first, The Silent Passage (Matador, 2014), it is set in Birmingham at the time of the millennium. It follows Moon two years after his suspension from duty for not following house rules; he is back on the scene but still has a nagging feeling that his superiors are out to get him. The story starts with the discovery of a body hidden under a pile of leaves in the middle of a wood. This sets Moon off on an investigation that will prove to be full of surprises. The body belongs to a small-time criminal named Sean Mattox who has been shot at close range with a shotgun. Nothing, however, links Mattox to the place where his body is found. and with the forensic evidence thin on the ground, Moon quickly finds himself confronted by one dead end after the other. Aided once again by his journalist friend, Jo Lyon, Moon uncovers a trail which eventually leads to a case of sex abuse and then to a missing person. At first nothing seems to connect the strange goings-on up lonely country lanes until Moon starts to make a startling series of discoveries. Can he solve the mystery of who killed Sean Mattox? Will his continuing clashes with authority catch up with him before he does? Blood Ties is a gripping tale of greed, power, vice, blackmail and revenge. It will appeal to those looking for a fast-paced tale full of suspense and unexpected twists...