Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for The Custard Corpses, the 1st book in The Erdington Mysteries series by M J Porter.
As a fan of the author I jumped at the chance to be on the blog tour, no review copy needed.. I had this one already 😊
Keep reading for the chance to win a copy of the book too!!
Here’s the blurb
A delicious 1940s mystery.
Birmingham, England, 1943.
While the whine of the air raid sirens might no longer be rousing him from bed every night, a two-decade-old unsolved murder case will ensure that Chief Inspector Mason of Erdington Police Station is about to suffer more sleepless nights.
Young Robert McFarlane’s body was found outside the local church hall on 30th September 1923. But, his cause of death was drowning, and he’d been missing for three days before his body was found. No one was ever arrested for the crime. No answers could ever be given to the grieving family. The unsolved case has haunted Mason ever since.
But, the chance discovery of another victim, with worrying parallels, sets Mason, and his constable, O’Rourke, on a journey that will take them back over twenty-five years, the chance to finally solve the case, while all around them the uncertainty of war continues, impossible to ignore.
MJ Porter is a master of style and wit. Porter manages to perfectly add her edge to a wonderful historical mystery.
Set during the war the people are suffering..suffering shortages, suffering grief..suffering fear…but that’s not all.
A body is found with striking similarities to a case back in 1923. Is this a 2nd chance to catch the killer?
The Custard Corpses is a well crafted tale showing the constraints of the time and shows gritty determination law enforcement would have needed at the time to solve crimes with little evidence.
Chief Inspector Sam Mason is on the case and must painstakingly look to the past to find clues.
The characters feel real, the relationships natural and the flow prefect.
As the case develops the plot thickens and takes a disturbing direction.. could there be more victims?
I’m a big fan of police procedural stories but this has MJ Porter’s style infused, which just kicks it up a notch and makes it unlike anything I’ve ever read before.
I’d certainly describe the book as delicious.. You’ll get hooked into the dark world and you’ll devour this tale in no time!
Grab a cup of tea and get stuck into this 5* read!
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Author Bio – I’m an author of historical fiction (Early English, Vikings and the British Isles as a whole before the Norman Conquest) and fantasy (Viking age/dragon-themed). I’ve recently written a relatively modern mystery novel set in 1943. I was born in the old Mercian kingdom at some point since 1066. Raised in the shadow of a strange little building, told from a very young age that it housed the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia and that our garden was littered with old pieces of pottery from a long-ago battle, it’s little wonder that my curiosity in Early England ran riot. I can only blame my parents!
I write A LOT. You’ve been warned!
Find me at http://www.mjporterauthor.com and @coloursofunison on twitter.
Social Media Links – https://twitter.com/coloursofunison
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