Death in a Blackout
by Jessica Ellicott

The first in a brand-new WWII historical mystery series introduces WPC Billie Harkness – a female police officer who risks her life to protect the home front in the British coastal city of Hull.

1940. Britain is at war. Rector’s daughter Wilhelmina Harkness longs to do her duty for her country, but when her strict mother forbids her to enlist, their bitter argument has devastating consequences.

Unable to stay in the village she loves, Wilhelmina – reinventing herself as Billie – spends everything she has on a one-way ticket up north. Hull is a distant, dangerous city, but Billie is determined to leave her painful memories behind and start afresh, whatever the cost.

The last thing Billie expects on her first evening in Hull, however, is to be caught in the city’s first air raid – or to stumble across the body of a young woman, suspiciously untouched by debris.

If the air raid didn’t kill the glamorous stranger, what did? Billie is determined to get justice, and her persistence earns her an invitation to the newly formed Women’s Police Constabulary. But as the case unfolds, putting her at odds with both high-ranking members of the force as well as the victim’s powerful family, Billie begins to wonder if she can trust her new friends and colleagues . . . or if someone amongst them is working for the enemy.

DEATH IN A BLACKOUT is a perfect pick for fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Rhys Bowen and Susan Elia MacNeal.


“A plucky heroine, a meaty mystery, and a satisfying conclusion”


“Brisk and colorful”

Kirkus Reviews

“A fresh and different take on WW2 stories as an appealing young heroine finds herself investigating petty crimes and divided loyalties in the midst of the Blitz. Shades of Foyles War

Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness Mysteries

“A treat for readers”

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“This historical cozy will appeal to those who enjoy Frances Brody’s Kate Shackleton and Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher series”

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“A heaping helping of period English country charm”

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“Witty prose, distinctive characters, and an enchanting setting all make for a winner”

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“Strong sense of place and time”

Library Journal Starred Review of Murder in an English Village

“Spectacular series launch”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Murder in an English Village

Jessica Ellicott

Agatha award nominee Jessica Ellicott loves fountain pens, Mini Coopers and throwing parties. A member of Wicked Authors, Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers, she lives in northern New England with her dark and mysterious husband, exuberant children and a precocious poodle named Sam.

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Death in a Blackout by Jessica Ellicott is available in the following formats

Paperback978144830659627th October 2022140 X 215mm256£13.99
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