Dead Before Morning

Dead Before Morning

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by Geraldine Evans
     
 

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A brilliant crime fiction debut, which introduces a sparky new double act in Inspector Joseph Rafferty and Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn.

Inspector Rafferty is under pressure. Not only has he got his Ma on his case – expecting him to spring a distant cousin from the cells, but the naked body of a teenaged girl has been found in the grounds of Elmhurst, a

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A brilliant crime fiction debut, which introduces a sparky new double act in Inspector Joseph Rafferty and Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn.

Inspector Rafferty is under pressure. Not only has he got his Ma on his case – expecting him to spring a distant cousin from the cells, but the naked body of a teenaged girl has been found in the grounds of Elmhurst, a private psychiatric hospital. And with the help of upright Welsh sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn he must track down the killer. But Rafferty’s first murder case since his promotion is not going to be4 easy. The girl’s face has been mutilated beryond recognition. And Elmhurst’s owner De Anthony Melville-Briggs – the suave social climber who thinks his wife’s money can buy everything, including the police – claims he has no idea who the victim might be. Perhaps, he suggests, the killing might be the work of a jealous rival doctor.

Rafferty takes an instant and deep dislike to Dr Melville-Briggs and his high-ranking connections. His desire to prove the arrogant doctor guilty of murder begins to border on obsession. Sergeant Llewellyn, however, doesn’t share the Inspector’s conviction – the doctor has a seemingly solid alibi. Then the identity of the girl is finally discovered, and a whole host of new suspects emerge – each with a motive that gives the police plenty to think about. It is only when Rafferty remembers his forgotten promise to his Ma that he go to see the cousin still languishing in the cells, that he gets his just reward, He begins to turn the case around in time to get the press and an angry superintendent off their backs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617504426
Publisher:
Geraldine Evans
Publication date:
12/08/2010
Series:
Rafferty and Llewellyn Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
229,925
File size:
568 KB

Meet the Author

'Evans brings wit and insight to this tale of looking for love in all the wrong places.'
KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW FOR DYING FOR YOU #6 in Rafferty series

'Clever plotting and polished prose make for a cracking good British police procedural.' BOOKLIST
ON BLOOD ON THE BONES #9 in Rafferty series

DEAD BEFORE MORNING #1 in her 15-strong Rafferty procedural series, is currently on FREE offer.
'This often comic tale sharpens the appetite for more.' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY ON DEAD BEFORE MORNING

'Evans' humour seriously added to my enjoyment of her book. The series has stand out central characters and clever plots.' AUNT AGATHA'S BOOKSHOP, ANN ARBOR US ON DEAD BEFORE MORNING

Geraldine Evans is the traditionally-published British author of eighteen novels and, since turning indie in 2010, she has also independently published two more novels and four non-fiction, as well as bringing out her backlist as ebooks.

Her publishers include Macmillan, St Martin's Press (US), Worldwide (US pb), Isis Soundings (audio), Severn House (HB, PB AND LP, US and UK) and F A Thorpe (large print).

Geraldine has been writing since her twenties and published since her thirties. She decided to turn indie in 2010 after nearly twenty years as a traditionally-published author.

Although originally a Londoner, Geraldine moved to a market town in Norfolk (UK) in 2000.

Her interests include growing plants from cuttings and seeds, painting portraits, mostly of her unwilling 'volunteered', family, and learning keyboards with a very patient tutor.

The author writes romance novels under the pen name Maria Meredith and New Age Non-Fiction under the pen name Gennifer Dooley-Hart.

Website/Blog: http://geraldineevansbooks.com

Here is a list of Geraldine Evans' published novels:

Rafferty and Llewellyn procedural series
Dead Before Morning #1 ebook and print
Down Among the Dead Men #2 ebook and print
Death Line #3 ebook and print
The Hanging Tree #4 ebook and print
Absolute Poison #5 ebook and print
Dying For You #6 ebook and print
Bad Blood #7 ebook and print
Love Lies Bleeding #8 ebook and print
Blood on the Bones #9 ebook, print and audio
A Thrust to the Vitals #10 ebook, print and audio
Death Dues #11 ebook and print
All the Lonely People #12 print and audio only. ebook sometime in Summer 2014
Death Dance #13 ebook, print and audio
Deadly Reunion #14 ebook, print and audio
Kith and Kill #15 ebook and print

Casey and Catt procedural series
Up in Flames #1 ebook and print
A Killing Karma #2 ebook and print

Standalones
Reluctant Queen: historical novel about King Henry VIII's Little Sister ebook and print

The Egg Factory: contemporary women's fiction set in the infertility industry ebook only

Land of Dreams, romance, print only, generally unavailable

HERE ARE SOME REVIEWS FOR GERALDINE'S BOOKS:

DYING FOR YOU #6 RAFFERTY PROCEDURAL SERIES
'Evans brings wit and insight to this tale of looking for love in all the wrong places.'
KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW FOR DYING FOR YOU #6 in Rafferty series

'It's bad enough being suspected of a double murder, worse still when it's your alter ego being pursued and it's the pits when you are the policeman in charge of supposedly catching yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed Dying For You, the sixth in the series. A lot of humour is injected in Rafferty's narrative. He's got himself in an impossible situation and one wonders what can go wrong next. I savoured this book and I'm keen to read the rest in the series asap.' EUROCRIME

'A fun read for the mystery lover who enjoys tales with a twist. A cleverly plotted tale. Enjoy.' MURDER AND MAYHEM BOOKCLUB

KITH AND KILL #15
‘Wonderful series. Fantastic books. They have terrific characters and interesting plots.’ AUTHOR, GAIL FARRELLY

DEADLY REUNION #14
'This is another excellent entry in this marvellous series. The characters spring off the page. The dialogue is sparkling, great interplay between the two detectives, and the mystery is intriguing to the end.’ EUROCRIME

BLOOD ON THE BONES #9
'Clever plotting and polished prose make for a cracking good British police procedural.' BOOKLIST

ABSOLUTE POISON #5
‘Well, this was a real find. Geraldine Evans knows how to make a character leap off the pages at you.’ LIZZIE HAYES, MYSTERY PEOPLE

‘An ingeniously constructed plot, deft dialogue, well-drawn characters, and a few humorous touches, make this an enjoyably intriguing read.’ EMILY MELTON, BOOKLIST

DEAD BEFORE MORNING #1
'This often comic tale sharpens the appetite for more.' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

'Evans' humour seriously added to my enjoyment of her book. The series has stand out central characters and clever plots.' AUNT AGATHA'S BOOKSHOP, ANN ARBOR US

BAD BLOOD #7
'A spirited mix of detection, family drama and social commentary.' KIRKUS REVIEWS

LOVE LIES BLEEDING #8
'This cleverly-plotted tale has plenty of humour. It's another page-turner from Geraldine Evans and is crime writing at its best. A must for all lovers of the genre.' MYSTERY PEOPLE

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Dead Before Morning 3.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 8 reviews.
ronnies4 7 days ago
Couldn't read the middle of the book. Just jumped towards the end to see what happened. Was a fine ending, though.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the Joe Rafferty character in this story. I thought the story moved along good and kept you interested.
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This is an average read. Adult topics. Ages 18 and up. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. Jms