Troubador Spurious Games

Released: 28/07/2020

ISBN: 9781838593520

eISBN: 9781838598259

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Spurious Games


When a local chess player is discovered dead, Detective Inspector John Logos of Cornwall’s St Borstal Constabulary is called in to investigate what turns out to be a serial killer running amok in the sedate world of Cornish chess. The detectives quickly find themselves as pawns in the game of an arrogant mastermind calling himself ‘The Turk’ who taunts them with chess-related clues. Baffled, they call in Caradoc Pritchard, an eccentric Welsh Professor, and together they must work against the clock to predict the killer’s next move.

A literary novel of ideas masquerading as a whodunit, Spurious Games exhibits a consistently droll sense of humour that belies its essential seriousness as an extended riff on authenticity. Despite its roots in chess, there are a number of important ‘side shows’, all treated with equal ironic irreverence.

British Chess News

This was a lot of fun to read, the characters were great and I loved the satirical element of the book. I think it really worked as a mystery.

by NetGalley review

Spurious Games is a fascinating book with more twists in the plot than most games of chess. It is set in the esoteric world of Cornish chess, which I know well as the league secretary. Although I personally appear only in the Gallery in (the author’s dedicated website in support of the novel),I had fun identifying those of my clubmates and opponents who do appear. A knowledge of chess is not essential for understanding the story but readers without may be inspired to acquire some knowledge.
If I may add a plug to this review, You will find that Cornish chess is very welcoming to visitors. Post lockdown, you will be able to find our clubs and venues on the county chess website
Hugh Brown
Carrick Chess Club

by Hugh Brown

David Jenkins

David Jenkins is a retired Professor who has occupied a variety of chairs including at the University of Warwick (Arts Education) and the University of the South Pacific (Education and Psychology). He is a keen chess player who when a lot younger played for Fiji in the 1994 Moscow Chess Olympiad, a memorable experience, although not quite the honour it sounds (think Eddy the Eagle). His main claim to fame is as a qualitative evaluator of social programs. His report on the pan-European training program for youth leaders usng non-formal methods (TALE) was named as the 2011 'Outstanding Evaluation of the Year' by the American Evaluation Association ('I Could a TALE Unfold').

David is a painter and regular cartoonist, currently living in Cornwall where he is President of the Cornwall Chess Association. Although widely published as an academic, at the Open University and elsewhere, Spurious Games is his first novel.

David has designed an informative website in support of his novel Spurious Games with the domain name It includes excerpts, a gallery of images and comments around the themes of the novel as well as other writings.

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