Published: 03/02/2014
ISBN: 9781783062898
eISBN: 9781783067206
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In Coal Blood
by Geoff Green

A small mining community on the border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
becomes the centre of a mystery when a coal miner 'accidentally' dies underground…

After a standard shift down the Oakwood Hills coal mine, someone notices that Joe Murphy has not checked out. Nobody knows where Joe is, and the bullying mine manager assumes he has gone home to his beautiful wife without giving notice.

When Mary Murphy answers the door to a mine training officer, calling to see if Joe has returned home, panic sets in. There is no explanation for his absence, and her world turns upside-down in a matter of seconds.

His Majesty’s District Inspector Ken Wrigley sets out to investigate the situation and it is not long before the police are involved. When Joe’s body is found, it is clear that this is more than an accident.

As the investigation deepens, dangerous secrets rise to the surface... Who is Lily Daykin, and why was she so upset when she heard of Joe’s death? How is the murder connected to the horrific circumstances that befall her? And eighteen years later, will the truth about the killer who devastated the community finally be revealed?

In Coal Blood is a gripping novel that will keep readers guessing, chapter after chapter. Using his own knowledge of the mining industry, the author sets a tale of murder and mystery in an environment familiar to him. This book will appeal to fans of adult fiction, crime novels and thrillers.

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Cayocosta72 Book Reviews, 18 March

I love a book you just can't put down. I read this book in two sittings and found the plot intriguing keeping me guessing to the very end. Highly recommended....a good read.

by Graham Pick

A fantastic read and plot which keeps you guessing to the very end. The author also brings into the novel life experiences of the mining industry which is most interesting. Highly recommended and captivating.

by Stephen Jones

An absolutely brilliant read, this is a great first novel and I can't wait for his next book to be published. The BBC should take note and turn this book into a TV mini series. Geoff Green has a concise style and natural talent which draws you in effortlessly, transporting the reader to the bygone era of coal mining during the 1940's.

by Alison Piggott


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