The Body in the Ice House

Storm Publishing 2023 ISBN: paperback 978-1805080909 – also available as an ebook and an audiobook (narrated by Tamsin Kennard, who has the most gorgeous voice)

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Meet Georgina Drake: professional photographer, novice gardener, and… amateur sleuth?

Georgina Drake’s job photographing beautiful Hartington Hall takes a dramatic turn when she enters the ancient ice house to find the lady of the manor dead on the floor. The second wife of the irascible owner of the hall, Karen Berry had plenty of enemies. Her death could have been an accident, but when Georgina hears how Karen had argued with her husband, alienated her two step-daughters, and fired the long-standing housekeeper for theft, she’s not convinced…

As the police, led by attractive DI Colin Bradshaw, round up the household for interviews, Georgina takes her suspicions and her boisterous spaniel Bertie for a walk through the grounds. And is horrified when he digs up a human skeleton. Georgina is once again in the middle of a baffling mystery. What dark secret at Hartington connects the two crimes and can Georgina unmask the killer before they strike again…?

A totally delightful cozy crime novel set in charming Norfolk. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Faith Martin and Midsomer Murders!

Behind the book

  • It’s dedicated to my husband and children – my research crew 🙂
  • It’s set partly in Little Wenborough, a fictional village in Norfolk – actually a mash-up of the Wensum (the river where I take my spaniels for a walk in the mornings) and Attleborough (the town where I grew up)
  • Hartington Hall is fictional, but owes a bit to all the gorgeous stately homes in Norfolk
  • There’s a cold-case crime and a modern-day crime to solve in each book in the series
  • It all started when I got hearing aids, a few years back, and wondered: what if I could hear things that other people couldn’t? (Which is why there’s a character you might not expect…)
  • Like me, my heroine Georgina is deaf – but neither of us let it hold us back!
  • It’s not just about the murder: it’s about friendship, about making a new start in life and about second chances.
  • And you can expect to find Shakespeare, spaniels, good cake, and a few sneaky musical references mixed in there
  • Semi-spoiler – for those who’ve read book 1, this continues Doris’s story as well 😉