False Witness
by Veronica Heley

The restoration of a stately home takes a deadly turn in the gripping new Bea Abbot mystery.

No one was more surprised than Julian Marston-Lang when the revelation of a shocking family secret led to him inheriting Marston Hall, a stately home in the Home Counties, on Sir Florian Marston-Lang’s passing.
With Sir Florian put to rest, Julian is determined to restore the neglected Tudor mansion to its former glory.

Unfortunately other members of Sir Florian’s family, incensed by Julian’s good fortune, have already tried to act on their murderous intentions. But with the culprits safely in jail, another attempt on Julian’s life and the discovery of a woman’s body in the hall grounds leaves Bea stumped. Could whoever targeted Julian be behind the murder, and what is the link between the woman and the Marston-Langs? Something wicked is afoot at Marston Hall, and Bea is determined to get to the bottom of it.


“[A] competent, reliable heroine”

Kirkus Reviews on False Name

“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

“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

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

Booklist on False Pride

“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 Witness by Veronica Heley is available in the following formats

Hardback97814483125662nd July 2024147 X 222mm224$29.99
Hardback97814483125662nd July 2024147 X 222mm224£21.99
Ebook97814483125732nd July 2024N/A224$24.99
Ebook97814483125732nd July 2024N/A224£20.99
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