Good morning my loves!
I am so over the moon excited about today’s post! If you know me at all you’ll know just how much I adored None so Blind and In Two Minds by Alis Hawkins, a superb historical crime fiction duo set in 19th century West Wales. When Emily from Dome Press and Alis contacted me about sharing this with you all today, I honestly squealed. I am so desperate to get my paws on this one and I think you will be too when you see the cover and read the blurb! It is my absolute pleasure to be sharing with you today, the cover for the eagerly anticipated third book in the series, Those Who Know, published by Dome Press in May 2020!
Harry Probert-Lloyd and John Davies are back! In Those Who Know, Harry’s on the election trail, vying to be elected as coroner for the Teifi Valley. To his surprise, he’s been taken up as a political cause by the Liberal party but it’s not just the Tories’ candidate he’s fighting against, it’s also the magistrates and the police force who would rather that their coroner were slightly less thorough – and expensive.
But party support doesn’t come without its downside. Jonas Minnever, Harry’s election agent, wants him out pressing the flesh and wooing the electorate, so when a death is brought to his attention on the campaign trail, Harry finds himself in a bind. Does he give all his attention to the inquest as his conscience and his inclinations tell him he should? Or does he take Minnever’s advice, leave things to John, and confine himself to electioneering?
A middle-way compromise proves equally damaging to both causes and Harry finds himself going into the inquest on Schoolteacher Rowland’s death disastrously badly prepared. The inquest runs out of his control and the outcome threatens to see an innocent man hanged.
In the final week of campaigning, as Harry tries to find a way of re-opening the inquest, his Tory rival suddenly disappears and new evidence comes to light which takes John off to London to investigate. What he discovers leads to an explosive election day and yet more pressure on Harry to act.
In a morally complex case where, it seems, nobody is truly innocent, what is the most just outcome?
Alis Hawkins grew up on a dairy farm in Cardiganshire. After attending the local village primary school and Cardigan County Secondary school, she left West Wales to read English at Oxford. Subsequently, she has has done various things with her life, including becoming a speech and language therapist, bringing up two sons, selling burgers, working with homeless people, and helping families to understand their autistic children.
And writing. Always. Nonfiction (autism related), plays (commissioned by heritage projects) and, of course, novels.
Alis’s first novel, Testament, was published in 2008 by Macmillan and was translated into several languages. (It has recently been acquired for reissue, along with her medieval trilogy of psychological thrillers by Sapere Books).
Her current historical crime series featuring blind investigator Harry Probert-Lloyd and his chippy assistant, John Davies, is set in Cardiganshire in the period immediately after the Rebecca Riots. As a side effect of setting her series there, instead of making research trips to sunny climes like more foresighted writers, she just drives up the M4 to see her family.
Now living with her partner on the wrong side of the Welsh/English border (though she sneaks back over to work for the National Autistic Society in Monmouthshire) Alis speaks Welsh, collects rucksacks and can’t resist an interesting fact.
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A huge thank you once again to Alis and Emily for asking me to share this with you. Have you read None So Blind and In Two Minds? If not, I seriously implore you to do so, in preparation for the release of Those Who Know in May 2020!
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