When the local reporter accidentally stumbles into a hotel room he finds the local MP engaged in a sexual encounter in the middle of a promotional film shoot for a range of personal goods. The MP is forced to resign causing a by-election. The town of Rutherford is known to reflect the mood of the country at election times so a lot of energy is put into the campaign by all political parties. Detective Inspector Winwood is forced to cancel his leave and accept a desk job to act as a Liaison Officer for the security services who are on alert once the Prime Minister announces that he is due to campaign in the town. Sergeant Archie Tibble is sent undercover with Inspector Ruth Coleman, an intelligence officer to check on any activity in the town itself. Winwood’s frustration is tempered by the discovery of a reclusive pop star found murdered with a chilling similarity to an unsolved murder case from thirty years previous. Whilst Winwood finds helpful guidance from a terminally ill guest at the Fleetwood Hotel Tibble finds romance with his female superior. As the tension over the PM’s visit decreases Winwood uncovers vital clues to solve both murders despite being committed so many years apart. Caution: explicit sexual content from the beginning
About the Author
John Barber was born in London at the height of the UK Post War baby boom. The Education Act of 1944 saw great changes in the way the nation was taught; the main one being that all children stayed at school until the age of 15 (later increased to 16). For the first time working class children were able to reach higher levels of academic study and the opportunity to gain further educational qualifications at University. This explosion in education brought forth a new aspirational middle class; others remained true to their working class roots. The author belongs somewhere between the two. Many of the author’s main characters have their genesis in this educational revolution. Their dialogue though idiosyncratic can normally be understood but like all working class speech it is liberally sprinkled with strange boyhood phrases and a passing nod to cockney rhyming slang. John Barber’s novels are set in fictional English towns where sexual intrigue and political in-fighting is rife beneath a pleasant, small town veneer of respectability. They fall within the cozy, traditional British detective sections of mystery fiction. He has been writing professionally since 1996 when he began to contribute articles to magazines on social and local history. His first published book in 2002 was a non-fiction work entitled The Camden Town Murder which investigated a famous murder mystery of 1907 and names the killer. This is still available in softback and as an ebook, although not available from Smashwords John Barber had careers in Advertising, International Banking and the Wine Industry before becoming Town Centre Manager in his home town of Hertford. He is now retired and lives with his wife and two cats on an island in the middle of Hertford and spends his time between local community projects and writing further novels.