Happy Monday, and Happy August! We’ve got some great news to kick off the brand new month. Striking Murder by AJ Wright, an Allison & Busby historical mystery, has been shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Assocation’s Endeavour Historical Dagger! This award goes to the best historical crime novel published in the UK within the judging period. Striking Murder couldn’t be more deserving of the honor. The Historical Novels Review said about this book, “…the plot is fast-paced and cleverly strewn with red herrings and subtle clues. Highly recommended.”
1893. Wigan is in the grip of a devastating national miners’ strike and a harsh winter. Arthur Morris, a wealthy colliery owner whose intransigence on miners’ pay is the main cause of the strike, is found brutally murdered in Scholes, a rough working-class district where he is universally hated and blamed for the grinding hardship the strike is causing. Detective Sergeant Slevin is tasked with finding the murderer and when a mysterious stranger is found bludgeoned to death, Slevin starts to unravel a twisted thread of interwoven clues that will lead to the murderer.
Hardback now available. Paperback available for pre-order.