False Name
by Veronica Heley

Bea’s life is turned upside down when a man is left for dead outside her agency office in this gripping mystery.

Bea Abbot overhears three men plotting a murder outside her garage, only to discover the intended victim – a young man who appears to be a rough sleeper – has been left there to die in freezing weather. Somewhat reluctantly, she gives him sanctuary but finds him unwilling to disclose his name or talk about his ordeal.

Who is determined to kill the stranger, and why? As he begins to reveal his identity and the events that led to his being left for dead, Bea concludes that he’s the target of a conspiracy to murder. The man’s would-be killers aren’t ready to give up yet. Can Bea uncover the truth before they strike again?


“[A] competent, reliable heroine”

Kirkus Reviews

“An entertaining British cozy featuring a feisty, quick-thinking heroine”

Booklist on False Face

“The urban equivalent of a British village cozy … A likable heroine, who can play the dithery old lady while cracking challenging cases, combines with suspenseful twists, quirky supporting characters, and a satisfying ending to make this a delight for fans of British mysteries”

Booklist on False Conclusion

“Heley expertly melds menace with humor. Fans of darker cozies won’t be disappointed”

Publishers Weekly on False Conclusion

“Bizarre twists and sparkly characters ... an endearing, entertaining read”

Booklist on False Pride

“A good choice for fans of the British cozy, especially those with an Agatha Christie feel, combining gentle humor, an intrepid heroine, and an unusual plot with quirky twists”

Booklist on False Account

“Those fond of darker English cozies will find much to savor”

Publishers Weekly on False Pride

“A wealth of plot twists ... an enticing read”

Booklist on False Fire

Veronica Heley

Veronica Heley is the author of the ever-popular Ellie Quicke mysteries, as well as the Abbot Agency series. Veronica is actively involved in her local church and community affairs. She lives in Ealing, West London.

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False Name by Veronica Heley is available in the following formats

Paperback978144831174325th June 2024140 X 216mm224$18.99
Paperback978144831174325th April 2024140 X 216mm224£13.99
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