The Funeral Owl
by Jim Kelly

A rare local sighting of a Boreal Owl heralds a week of death and destruction for journalist Philip Dryden

When a reader contacts local newspaper The Crow to report a rare sighting of the Boreal or so-called ‘Funeral’ owl, the paper’s editor Philip Dryden has a sense of foreboding. For the Funeral Owl is said to be an omen of death.

It’s already proving to be one of the most eventful weeks in The Crow’s history. The body of a Chinese man has been discovered hanging from a cross in a churchyard in Brimstone Hill in the West Fens. The inquest into the deaths of two tramps found in a flooded ditch has unearthed some shocking findings. A series of metal thefts is plaguing the area. And PC Stokely Powell has requested Dryden’s help in solving a ten-year-old cold case: a series of violent art thefts culminating in a horrifying murder.

As Dryden investigates, he uncovers some curious links between the seemingly unrelated cases: it would appear the sighting of the Funeral Owl is proving prophetic in more ways than one.


“Deft plotting and shrewdly drawn characters help make this the best instalment to date”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Death’s Door

“Kelly’s seventh series entry showcases his trademark multiple plotlines to perfection. Newcomers to the series will be delighted by this discovery.”

Library Journal

“Kelly pens believable characters amid a rich geography and resists the urge to make every event related.”

Publishers Weekly

“Powerful and deeply affecting … a not-to-be-missed book, both for the gripping story and for Kelly’s expressive, engaging writing style”

Booklist Starred Review of Nightrise

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The Funeral Owl by Jim Kelly is available in the following formats

Paperback978178029541130th June 2014138 X 216mm256£13.99
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