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SPOTLIGHT: A Mistake of Murder

Hello, readers! There is one type of author for whom I have the utmost respect: MYSTERY or THRILLER writers. These magicians have to conjure plot threads that contain murders, clues, evidence, and a solved case, all the while drip-feeding a reader so that they'll turn the next page. They have to be spot-on when it comes to cliffhangers and keeping conflict and suspense at the forefront. No easy task!

This week, I welcome Helen Hollick to Brook's Journal. Helen is a veteran writer and author, extremely well-respected among us historical fiction peeps. This particular series, of which A Mistake of Murder is a part, takes place in the 1970's.

Ahem. I just now realized that I'm old enough to be historical fiction myself. Thanks, Helen! Welcome to my blog page.

Read on, everybody!

All About the Book

The third Jan Christopher Cosy Mystery

Was murder deliberate - or a tragic mistake?

January 1972. The Christmas and New Year holiday is over and it is time to go back to work. Newly engaged to Detective Sergeant Laurence Walker, library assistant Jan Christopher is eager to show everyone her diamond ring, and goes off on her scheduled round to deliver library books to the housebound – some of whom she likes; some, she doesn’t. She encounters a cat in a cupboard, drinks several cups of tea... and loses her ring. When two murders are committed, can Jan help her policeman uncle, DCI Toby Christopher and her fiancé, Laurie, discover whether murder was a deliberate deed – or a tragic mistake?

All About Helen

First accepted for traditional publication in 1993, Helen became a USA Today Bestseller with her historical novel, The Forever Queen (titled A Hollow Crown in the UK) with the sequel, Harold the King (US: I Am The Chosen King) being novels that explore the events that led to the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Her Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy is a fifth-century version of the Arthurian legend, and she writes a nautical adventure/fantasy series, The Sea Witch Voyages. She has also branched out into the quick read novella, 'Cosy Mystery' genre with her Jan Christopher Murder Mysteries, set in the 1970s, with the first in the series, A Mirror Murder incorporating her often hilarious, memories of working as a library assistant.

Her non-fiction books are Pirates: Truth and Tales and Life of A Smuggler. She lives with her family in an eighteenth-century farmhouse in North Devon, England, and occasionally gets time to write…

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*This title is available to read on #KindleUnlimited.*

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Mar 02, 2023

As one historical person to another :-)... thank you for hosting me today (and thank you for your kind comments)


Cathie Dunn
Cathie Dunn
Mar 02, 2023

Thank you so much for hosting Helen Hollick today, Brook. xo

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