Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery

Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery

by Lucienne Boyce


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"Parsons and tyrants friends take note. We have born your oppreshuns long enough. We will have our parish rights or else Bloodie Bones will drink your blood." When Lord Oldfield encloses Barcombe Wood, depriving the people of their ancient rights to gather food and fuel, the villagers retaliate with vandalism, arson and riot. Then Lord Oldfield's gamekeeper, Josh Castle, is murdered during a poaching raid. Dan Foster, Bow Street Runner and amateur pugilist, is sent to investigate. Dan's job is to infiltrate the poaching gang and bring the killers to justice. But there's more to Castle's death than at first sight appears. What is the secret of the gamekeeper's past and does it have any connection with his murder? What is Lord Oldfield concealing? And did someone beside the poachers have a reason to want Josh Castle dead? As tensions in Barcombe build to a thrilling climax, Dan will need all his wits and his fighting skills to stay alive and get to the truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781323601
Publisher: Silverwood Books Ltd
Publication date: 05/07/2015
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Lucienne Boyce has always been fascinated by the Georgian era. In 2006 she gained an MA in English Literature with the Open University specialising in eighteenth-century fiction. In 2012 she published her first historical novel, "To The Fair Land" (SilverWood Books), an eighteenth-century thriller set in Bristol and the South Seas (which was awarded the Awesome Indies Seal of Approval). Lucienne has been a member of the Historical Novel Society since shortly after its foundation, has contributed numerous articles, reviews and interviews to the Society, and edited the HNS newsletter.
Lucienne also writes non-fiction and in 2013 published "The Bristol Suffragettes" (SilverWood Books), a history of the local suffragette movement. She is currently working on the second Dan Foster Mystery. Lucienne was born in Wolverhampton and now lives in Bristol, which is the setting and inspiration for much of her work.

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Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Reviewing books makes one ask, “What makes a book so great you want to read it over and over?” Each reader would have a different answer. I have a few key criteria and Bloodie Bones topped each one. The characters have to be intriguing, lovable, hate-able, beguiling and/or interesting enough to want to know them in real life. Boyce’s Dan Foster is such a character. His rough childhood and rescue give him a depth. What he chooses to do in his profession-and not many options are available to amateur pugilists in 1796 England-adds to his like-ability. His relationships with his harpy wife and her sister add intrigue. I just want to know him more. Another criteria is that the story-line has to grab my focus and attention from the start and then hold it for the entire read. The historical aspect of this novel is not what many would call fascinating, however Boyce skillfully puts the reader into setting with her descriptions, especially about the way of life and the plight of the poor. Boyce doesn’t just describe, she brings to life. The plot has to be entertaining enough to draw my focus from other things and the people become “my people.” I was so involved in this story, that I had to read in order to find out what happens to my people. It wouldn’t seem like a land dispute would engage that kind of focus, but my attention was zeroed in on knowing the outcome. A murder and undercover cop lend the perfect mystery. The plot twists added more fuel to the fire, so much that I had to finish it in one sitting. I love Dan Foster and I am thrilled that this is the first in a series. I will have to read Bloodie Bones over and over while waiting for the next instalment!