The Liars (a bizarre Murder Mystery)
'Lies, gossip, and jealousy fail to deter two of Scotland Yard's finest in this entertaining mystery with an extra twist or two...or three.'
When the battered body of fisherman Denis Kerkin is found hanging by one leg from an ancient stone gibbet, blunt cockney Detective Chief Superintendent Staunton and the talented and amorous Detective Inspector Wyndsor of New Scotland Yard's Murder Squad are sent to the isolated fishing village of Crukenporth in Cornwall to investigate.
Here they encounter Miss Trevose, an autocratic cripple who never leaves the room specially adapted for her requirements. It is a self-constructed cage for this woman who is old, vindictive and dying. Yet her brain is still active, confined in a maimed body as she is confined within the room, and she controls with feudal arrogance the lives of most of the inhabitants of the village.
Denied personal involvement she experiences vicariously the emotions of the people she manipulates, nurses her hatreds, and plays her own specialized game with life and death.
For her, the investigating officers are just two more pawns to be played as she decides.
As the officers delve into the bizarre circumstances of the death and Miss Trevose plots to use the police enquiry to exact personal vengeance, it becomes clear that more than one person had good reason to wish Denis Kerkin dead.
It is the 1970s and Bob Staunton and Leo Wyndsor, without the more sophisticated aids to detection available today, strive to sort the truth from the lies before the passions, the hatreds and the greed they unearth explode into further violence, in this gripping novel of suspense and intrigue.
The Liars is the second in the Staunton and Wyndsor series of classic police procedural murder mysteries set in various locations in Britain.
The others are The Hunters, The Enthusiast and The Savages.
These books were previously published worldwide, by major publishing houses, in hard and paperback, and are now available as eBooks.
Each novel is a stand-alone story, but with the same major protagonists.
Peter Hill has had a successful career working extensively in television for renowned British drama series. He has been a writer, script editor and producer both in the UK and New Zealand, where he now lives.
Peter has now returned to novel writing but in a different genre, and Killing Tomorrow, the first of a new trilogy of near and far-future novels, 'Evolution's Path', is also available as an eBook. The second, The Ladies' Game, and the third, Procreation, have recently been published.
Press comment on Peter Hill's books
'Exceptionally well told, with satisfying outcome.'
Columbus Sunday Dispatch
'Peter Hill does a fine job with character, plot, atmosphere and suspense. An engaging, witty and entertaining yarn.'
'… a pair of attractive investigators—the young and aristocratic Leo Wyndsor and the slow-moving but smart veteran Bob Staunton. The case takes them to Cornwall, where a man has been murdered and hung on an old gibbet....'
New York Times
'I'd like to see Messrs. Staunton and Wyndsor in more books. They're a lot of fun—and they're good detectives.'
Daily Press, Newport News, Virginia
About the Author
Peter Hill’s background is steeped in crime. He was a detective in the Metropolitan Police, London, serving in some of the toughest parts of that city. He also worked at New Scotland Yard in the Company Fraud Department and later the internationally recognised C1 department known as ‘The Murder Squad’. In the course of his investigations he travelled widely in Britain, Europe and South America.
He left the force at the age of thirty-two, with the rank of Detective Inspector, to become a professional writer.
Peter worked extensively in television for iconic British drama series such as ‘Callan’, ‘The Sweeney’, ‘Z Cars’, ‘Public Eye’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Special Branch’,and ‘New Scotland Yard’,
He has written six novels, which were all published worldwide by major publishing houses.
These books are all British police detective thrillers set in various locations in Britain and The Hunters, The Liars, The Enthusiast and The Savages in the ‘Staunton and Wyndsor’ series and The Fanatics and The Washermen in the ‘Commander Allan Dice’ books are now available as eBooks.
These books are all stand-alone stories, but with the same major protagonists.
Under the pen name of John Eyers he was commissioned to write Survivors: Genesis of a Hero, based on the famous ‘Survivors’ TV series,and Special Branch: In at the Kill, a spin-off from the ‘Special Branch’ TV series.
These are also now available as eBooks.
Although based on the characters in the two TV series both of these books are stand-alone stories.
Peter has recently returned to novel writing but in a different genre and ‘Evolution’s Path’ is series of near-and far-future stories, of which Killing Tomorrow now available as an eBook, is the first. The second in the series, The Ladies’ Game, and the third, Procreation, have recently been published as eBooks.
They are also available as paperbacks.
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