The Girl in the Yellow Dress
by Jane A. Adams

Was the wrong man hanged for a young woman’s murder, or is a copycat killer on the loose? DCI Henry Johnstone and DS Mickey Hitchens must crack a darkly complex case when the community close ranks.

1930, Leicestershire. Everyone in the quiet market town of East Harborough is convinced that local miscreant Brady Brewer is responsible for the brutal murder of Sarah Downham. Despite Brewer’s protestations of innocence, and his sister’s pleas for help from DCI Henry Johnstone and DS Mickey Hitchens, he is convicted and hanged.

Two weeks after the hanging, a farmworker finds the body of another young woman less than a mile from where Sarah was found – and there are other disturbing similarities between the two murders. Is a copycat killer on the loose, or was Brewer innocent after all? Where is the missing yellow dress that Sarah wore the night she was murdered? As the locals close ranks, Henry and Mickey soon discover that reputations – and the truth – are all on the line . . .


“Lovers of tweedy English murder mysteries will find much to like”

Publishers Weekly

“A fitting swan song for Adams’ dynamic duo”

Kirkus Reviews

“Excellent . . . Adams effortlessly conveys the police procedures, business practices, and social mores of the period. Fans of golden age mysteries will be delighted”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Old Sins

“Vivid . . . well-constructed . . . will appeal to the Downton Abbey crowd”

Booklist on The Good Wife

“Fast-paced fun”

Kirkus Reviews on The Good Wife

“Appealing characters . . . Fans of historical police procedurals will be satisfied”

Publishers Weekly on The Good Wife

“A cautionary tale . . . about the perils of getting what you wish for”

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Jane A. Adams

Jane A. Adams is a British writer of psychological thrillers. Her first book, The Greenway, was nominated for a CWA John Creasey Award in 1995 and an Author’s Club Best First Novel Award. Adams has a degree in Sociology, was once lead vocalist in a folk rock band, and is married with two children. She lives in Leicester. Her writings are comparable to the work of Lisa Appignanesi, Frances Fyfield and P D James.

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