Jan Edwards

In Her Defence book launch

The next in the Bunch Courtney Investigates series is due very soon and will be available from Amazon and other online dealers. Maybe you could also order it at a bricks-and-mortar bookshop. Anyway, the book will be launched at Hanley Library on Saturday 6th April. In Her Defence by Jan Edwards is the follow-up to the Arnold Bennett Prize-winning Winter Downs (also available from Penkhull Press).

 

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In Her Defence

The second in the Bunch Courtney investigates series, In Her Defence by Jan Edwards, is due early April this year.

Bunch Courtney’s hopes for a quiet market-day lunch with her sister are shattered when a Dutch refugee dies a horribly painful death before their eyes. A few days later Bunch receives a letter from her old friend Cecile saying that her father, Professor Benoir, has been murdered in an eerily similar fashion. Two deaths by poisoning in a single week. Co-incidence? Bunch does not believe that any more than Chief Inspector William Wright.

Set against a backdrop of escalating war and the massed internments of 1940, the pair are drawn together in a race to prevent the murderer from striking again.

The first volume, Winter Downs, won the 2018 Arnold Bennett Book Prize and is available in various formats.

 

 

Horror story anthology

Penkhull Press writer Jan Edwards has teamed up with Peter Coleborn to edit The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors.

Twenty-five tales of horror and the weird, stories that encapsulate the dark, the desolate and the downright creepy. Stories that will send that quiver of anticipation and dread down your spine and stay with you long after the lights have gone out.

Who is Len Binn, a comedian or…? What secrets are locked away in Le Trénébreuse? The deadline for what? Who are the little people, the garbage men, the peelers? What lies behind the masks? And what horrors are found down along the backroads?

The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors is officially published on 1st November 2018.

 

Fables and Fabrications reviewed

There is a new review, by Andrew Darlington, of Fables and Fabrications, see here for the full essay.

Fables and Fabrications, by Jan Edwards, is described as:

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.

 

Winter Downs is a winner

We at Penkhull Press are delighted to report that Winter Downs by Jan 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?

Winter Downs is first in the Bunch Courtney Investigates series. Winter Downs is available from Amazon in print and eBook formats.

 

6×6 Reading Cafe: March 2018

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!

For further details visit the 6×6 website.

 

 

Winter Downs reviewed

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.

— John Bainbridge on Amazon . There are several more, equally good reviews on their website.

 

 

New Title: Winter Downs by Jan Edwards

Book launch!

We are delighted to announce the launch of  Winter Downs by Jan Edwards!

3rd June 2017

ISBN 978-0-9930008-6-7 / paperback £7.99 tbc  | ebook £2.99 tbc

The Winter Downs launch party will be held in the Tolkien Room at the City Central Library, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent on 3rd June at 11.30 am with plenty of  1940’s styled fun – tea & cakes and of course a reading and Q&A session from Jan herself as well as some guest readings (tba).

Be there to get your signed copy of Winter Downs!

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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?

Winter Downs is first in the Bunch Courtney Investigates series.

Published in paper and e formats.