Simon Rae is a poet, prose writer and broadcaster. For many years he wrote topical poems for the Guardian and was for a time presenter of Radio 4’s Poetry Please! In 1998 he published the definitive biography of W.G. Grace. He won the National Poetry Competition in 1999. His most recent collection of poems is Gift Horses (Enitharmon, 2006). Other books include It’s Not Cricket (Faber, 2001) and the children’s novels Unplayable (Top Edge Press, 2009), Keras (David Fickling Books, 2013), and Medusa’s Butterfly (Corgi, 2014). He taught a creative writing evening class at Cherwell College, Oxford, led an informal writing group for a number of years, and had two stints as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, at Warwick University and Oxford Brookes. He lives in Little Tew, near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.
Murder stopped play.
The villagers of Little Bolton gather on the green one glorious Sunday afternoon for their weekly cricket match. With the game underway, nobody suspects that among the men in whites stands a killer.
But when one of their number mysteriously collapses out on the field, Inspector Dalliance is sent in to investigate foul play. Soon enough he realises that the rural idyll in which he finds himself is in fact a viper’s nest of bitter feelings and intense rivalries.
With the modern world encroaching on their traditional way of life, the stakes are higher for these people than Dalliance can imagine. He must root out the wrongdoers and heal this community in quiet turmoil, before it takes justice into its own hands once more.
The first of three intriguing thrillers in the mould of Midsomer – the next installment, The Pillbox Murders will be released later in 2015.
To be released in April 2015
|Dimensions||198 x 129 x 30 mm|