You’ll be drawn to this book – in her words, like a hungry she-bear scenting tethered sheep. Announced as ‘fourteen tales of mystery, mirth and the macabre’ this is not the grind-core slasher-horror of gut-wrenching torture-porn, more the luring strangeness of some lost golden age.
The book is available in print and Kindle versions via Amazon.
We at Penkhull Press are delighted to report that Winter Downs byJan Edwards(and published by our good selves) has won the 2018 Arnold Bennett Book Prize, announced over the weekend just past.
In the January of 1940 a small rural community on the Sussex Downs, already preparing for invasion from across the Channel, finds itself deep in the grip of a snowy landscape, with an ice-cold killer on the loose.
Bunch Courtney stumbles upon the body of Jonathan Frampton in a woodland clearing. Is this a case of suicide, or is it murder? Bunch is determined to discover the truth but can she persuade the dour Chief Inspector Wright to take her seriously?
The writers showcasing at our March 13th 6×6 have been selected! It was a tough choice picking just six from the file, with competition as fierce as ever, but without further ado – listed alphabetical order by author – here is our final pick:
‘Letter from America’ by Lisa Culligan
‘Shadows on the Grass’ (Extract) by Misha Herwin
‘The Ducking Phone’ by Kenneth Kay
‘The Sprout and I’ by Lynn Smith
‘A Treasure Lost’ (Extract) by Sherrie Lowe
‘Holiday from Hell’ by Pauline Woodhouse
As regulars will know the main aim of 6×6 is to allow writers from across the region the opportunity to showcase their work, so we are especially pleased to see not one but two books being promoted. Remember to bring your wallets because these titles will be available to purchase at the event!
Shadows on the Grass came out as an e-book in January and after the first flurry of excitement, there’s time now to sit back and reflect on the whole process. This book has taken many, many years to write. Not because I am a slow writer, quite the opposite in fact, but because it started out life in a very different form. Back in the day I was interested in writing historical novels, I was also, at more or less the same time, researching my family history.
My parents came to England after WW2 and settled in a country that was totally foreign to them. Because at that time Poland was behind the Iron Curtain they had very little contact with any of their relatives and neither did we. Curious to know more about my family background I began asking questions and listening to the stories my mother told about her childhood.
A page-turning read from the start, this is a wonderful murder mystery set in a fascinating time. Bunch Courtney and her sister Dodo are engaging, interesting sleuths, as is Chief Inspector Wright, the enigmatic detective seconded from Scotland Yard for the duration. Jan Edwards’s characters are very real and you sense they’re full of hidden depths to be gradually revealed through the series. A satisfying mystery, puzzling and unpredictable with – like the times – an edgy sense of urgency and danger. The atmospheric setting is superb with the snow-bound Sussex Downs as central to the story as Morse’s Oxford. I love the way the author depicted a newly changed rural community with all its sense of loss and intrusion. The period detail is effortlessly done, absorbing the reader into Bunch’s world. A great treat.
Picking Up the Pieces by Misha Herwin has received an excellent review on the Chat About Books website:
This is a lovely story of friendship which I am sure many readers will relate to. With very real characters, who I easily warmed to, I soon found myself immersed in their story, almost as if I was a fourth friend sharing their troubles with them and cheering them on as they moved on to happier times and a successful future ahead of them.