Murder on the Cards
Jessica Brick, a spinster sleuth like no other, returns.
Psychic Sue Doyer, the village’s leading clairvoyant, is on top of the world. She has made a controversial media deal that will shatter the villagers’ secrets and keep her in the rich lists for years to come. But in the middle of a séance, someone strikes the happy medium.
Jessica teams up with a tarot card reader to discover a truth that nobody could have foreseen…
The Jessica Brick stories have received acclaim from readers around the world. Funny and affectionate tributes to traditional English whodunits, they are guaranteed to keep you amused and baffled — but not as baffled as the brilliant Miss Brick.
Bestselling crime writer Sophie Hannah calls the concept ‘brilliant’ and predicts that the series ‘could go very far indeed.’
“If you haven’t met Jessica, you’ve missed out on a lot of laughs.”
Beverly Button, on Twitter
Jessica Brick has written a novel. It’s bound to be the next big thing. But her nephew, asuccessful author, doesn’t want to read it. He wants to get her out of the house, and has set up a voluntary post at a local charity shop.
As soon as Jessica arrives at the shop, things start happening. First, she befriends a teenaged hipster. Then she gets embroiled in a local election. Before long, there is a murder…
Jessica Brick is a spinster sleuth with a difference: she has no detective skills. From the author of A FETE WORSE THAN DEATH, CYANIDE ON THE SIDE, and DEAD FAN’S FOLLY comes CHARITY ENDS – a baffling mystery and a dead funny read.
“The series has gotten better with each story. I strongly recommend this installment– and I can’t wait for the next one!”
Beverly Button, on Goodreads
Dead Fan’s Folly
In Jessica Brick’s third case, she faces her toughest challenge yet: living and working alongside her older sister, Constance.
Meanwhile, a case is keeping both women busy. The village’s — perhaps the world’s — greatest Agatha Christie enthusiast consults Jessica over a threat to her treasured collection of memorabilia. But when she plans to consult the police, she is murdered … in a case so confusing it would test Poirot’s little grey cells to the limit.
Will Jessica’s little white cells stand a chance? Might the serene Constance hold the key to mystery…?
Dead Fan’s folly is currently unavailable for purchase.
Cyanide on the Side
Brick is back!
Jessica Brick, an elderly spinster, has set up a detective business in her sleepy English village. But nobody wants to consult her. They all think she’s just a batty old busybody — and they’re right.
When Jessica’s nephew, Harry, becomes engaged to a millionaire, his aunt is keen to meet the family. But a death at the dinner table means things will never be the same again. Armed with a cape and a new golden walking stick, can Jessica solve the case before the police arrive? Or can she, somehow, stumble upon the truth?
If you liked A FETE WORSE THAN DEATH, you’ll love Jessica Brick’s latest case.
“The story line is witty and fast moving and it’s great to see the return of this lovable and well meaning busybody.”
Tina, on Amazon UK
A Fete Worse Than Death
Introducing Jessica Brick! Get this 7,000 word story on your Kindle for just 99p!
A Fete Worse Than Death is a new comic murder mystery featuring the best detective of them all. Jessica Brick is an elderly spinster who lives in a sleepy English village. When she decides to become a crime solver, nobody thinks she’ll succeed … and they’re right. She’s clueless.
An exotic wine enthusiast is murdered at the village fete, and Jessica sets to work. Somehow, she stumbles upon the truth…
“Jessica Brick […] is just marvellous – while she is, no doubt, a good-humoured parody of the Jessica Fletchers and Miss Marples of the world, Bernthal still manages to give her a distinct flavour all of her own. I can’t wait for the next story!”
Quen Took, on Amazon UK
Dead in the Water
Dead in the Water is a 17,000 word novella. It’s a murder mystery set on board the world’s most famous ship, and you can get it on your e-reader for less than £2!
1912. The Titanic sets sail.
They call it the Ship of Dreams, a triumphant construction that will take passengers to New York and into the twentieth century. But when a simple maid is murdered on board, there is a band of VIP suspects. The spiritualist, the art dealer, the suffragist, the crime writer… which of them did it? And why?
Grace Ayres needs to know what happened to her sister, and Edgar Cain, a matinee idol with a secret, wants to help her. But when the ship strikes ice, does the truth really matter…?
“It’s a classic whodunit story which kept me guessing right to the final page and I loved the ending as it was so unexpected and ingenious.”
Tina, on Amazon UK
A 2,750 WORD SHORT STORY.
Edith Corse-Evans was one of the few women who travelled first class on the Titanic, and didn’t survive the sinking. This postmodern story jumps between two narratives (do they take place in 1927 and 1912, or does it just look like that?), mixing fact and fiction. When the Titanic sank, 15,000 people died — but was the loss more than human? ‘Unsinkable Ice’ is a story about stories, legends, and the need to make narratives. It is a snapshot, a fossil — preserved in ice that will not sink or melt.
“[I]f you are at all interested in the story of the Titanic, you will enjoy this book.”
Lindyloo, on Amazon UK