Troubador Blood and Stone

Released: 28/10/2021

ISBN: 9781800465534

eISBN: 9781800466890

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Blood and Stone

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Jennifer Ormiston, a lively and controversial local radio presenter, is found dead in an antique bath in her upmarket flat, an apparent suicide.

Three weeks earlier, we meet a number of very different characters, all of whom are connected in some way to Jennifer Ormiston: the mother of a traumatised child, her husband and brother-in-law, both respected professionals, a newly-appointed Catholic priest and a woman with a troubled past, recovering in a secure psychiatric hospital.

A series of threatening letters, dark memories from the past and fraught relationships play their part in the inquiry by Detective Sergeant Tim Laughland into a mysterious disappearance and what turns out to be the murder of Jennifer Ormiston, all the while navigating his own relationship with his on-off partner and fellow officer. 

As the possible suspects mount up, Laughland and his superior officer are plunged into a fast-moving investigation, the conclusion of which is both shocking and unexpected.

My first novel, Surrogate, was released by Matador in July 2020. The sequel, Blood and Stone, will be available from Matador Books from September, 2021.

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Alan Jones

Alan Jones read English and French at university, going on to complete a Masters and a Doctorate in Education. He has extensive experience of teaching creative writing and literature. He is also an enthusiastic jazz drummer. He lives in Canterbury and is married to that precious thing, a Librarian.


Here outside HG Wells' house in Sandgate (I can't claim any influence)

Surrogate publ. 2020
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