As a founder member of Mystery Women in 1997, promoting Crime Fiction has always been my passion.
Following the closure of Mystery Women, a new group was formed on 30th January 2012 promoting crime fiction.
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Published by Bloodhound Books, 24 February 2018. ISBN:
This psychological thriller is cleverly positioned
inside a mind. The story concerns Edith Potter a spinster in 1927 living
in an East Sussex village. Edith had worked in a government office
reading reconnaissance photos in the Great War but lost her job when the
soldiers returned. Edith’s father was a renowned doctor whose work
examined the psychological effects manifested by the shell shocked. Dr
Potter was murdered but no assailant was apprehended leaving Edith living in
the same house feeling frightened and nervous. Edith has been put in a
lunatic asylum after a particular episode of troubles. The conditions
there are graphically described.
Dr. Stephen Maynard attempts to
restore Edith’s sanity using the newly established methods of psychoanalysis
and does break into her mute state. He becomes embroiled in the struggle
within her conscious mind over some terrible secret. She becomes
well enough to move to another hospital which specialises in caring for men
with appalling facial injuries.
A final denouement elucidates the
explanation of the events around Edith’s whole life that have led to the
impasse within her mind. This is a powerful study of a psychological
investigation with all its aspects of detection set in a significant historical
period for such ideas.
Jennifer S. Palmer
Under the name B. K. Duncan Ruth
has published 2 books about May Keaps, a Coroner’s Officer in Limehouse after
the Great War.
spends the remainder of her working week researching and writing crime novels.
Weekends can find her either learning to dance the Argentine Tango in Cambridge
or deep in the woods of Hertfordshire shooting a longbow. She was once the
proud owner of a ruin perched on a mountainside in Spain’s Sierra Nevada,
toiling the summer months stopping the place from falling down and tending the
adjacent vineyard. These days she confines her physical labour to re-pointing
the flint walls of her country cottage. Ruth
Wade also writes as BK Duncan. Under that name her historical crime novel Foul Trade (the first in a series
featuring May Keaps, a 1920's Coroner's Officer) was a finalist in 2016’s The
People’s Book Prize, and she was shortlisted for the Beryl Bainbridge First
Time Author Award.
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.