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  September 2021

INNOCENTS IN LONDON
 





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The life of five-year-old John Maltravers changes abruptly when he is kidnapped from the Surrey country estate of his absent father, on active service abroad. Sold as forced labour into the dark and dangerous world of London climbing boys young John's only hope and salvation is to find his father. Despite a series of relentless misfortunes his focus and resolution remain undimmed. But is this sufficient to bring him closer to his father or lead him further away? 

 Set in Georgian England, this is a story of betrayal, exploitation and suffering but also one of courage, determination, kindness, generosity and the indomitable nature of the human spirit.

 Join young John on his journey from the Surrey countryside to the dark streets and hovels of London where he confronts life-threatening situations and encounters a motley cast of characters.




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Q FOR MURDER



SHEILA RAINEY




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A game of Scrabble in an English cottage garden ends with the death of one of the two players. But is it just an accident? 
 
In a nearby game shoot the wife of a local luminary is killed with his shotgun. He is arrested but is he the murderer? And are the two deaths connected? 
 
Inspectors and sergeants from the local police force, one of whom is suspected of corruption, are soon hot on the trail . . . revealing a tangle of secrets leading to the arrest of a jewel robbery criminal while a suspect is subtly forced into betraying himself.
 
Q FOR MURDER is an auspicious beginning to the Shefford series of crime novels.

The Shefford series of crime novels include:

MURDO'S BARN
GENERATION OF VIPERS
DANCING HARLEQUIN
CHARLSON'S FOLLY
SHEFFORD TAKES LEAVE
DEATH IN ARCADIA




THE AUTHOR

Evening classes in shorthand and typing, music appreciation and creative writing provided the foundation for Sheila Rainey to become orchestral secretary with the Philharmonia Orchestra, attending rehearsals, concerts, recordings and trips abroad followed by temporary employment with the English Chamber Orchestra.
 
Wishing to both broaden and deepen her education Sheila took a three year course as mature student at Bristol University, reading English, history and philosophy, and was awarded a BA in 1970.  In Bristol she was employed by the BBC as secretary to their training orchestra for young musicians, the Academy of the BBC, and then transferred to London to work with BBC Music Publications, commissioning programme notes for concerts, editing and proof reading as well as compiling short biographies of artists appearing in concerts.
 
Following too close an encounter with a car left her with severe leg injuries, unable to work for several months subsequently gaining employment as receptionist at the Gilbert White Museum in Selborne. During the winter months she catalogued the museum’s archives, among them the Holt White documents which included the letters of Gilbert White’s niece Mary White to her younger brother Thomas Holt White, who by the end of the 18th century became known as a Shakespeare scholar. Obtaining a grant she compiled the Mary White letters into a thesis and was awarded a Master of Philosophy degree in 1990.
 
Moving to Eastbury, near Lamborn, Sheila worked freelance for a Newbury publisher, Countryside Books, editing, proof reading and providing indexes.  Diminishing  eyesight precipitated retirement.

A lifelong bookaholic, words have always meant as much to Sheila as music.  Her passion for writing inspires her to continue for her own pleasure completing seven detective novels featuring the same characters and one historical novel, INNOCENTS IN LONDON, inspired by Mary White’s mention of a small climbing boy. In the last few months she has written a companion piece to Alice in Wonderland. ALEC’S MISADVENTURES IN BLUNDERLAND is Wonderland seen through the eyes of a grumpy old man, his reactions to the characters very different to those of innocent little Alice.
 


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PAPERBACK EDITION

Price: 9.99 Format: paperback  Page extent 356 ISBN-13: 978-1-9082745-6-4

Book Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm — Publication Date: September 2021


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