The Good Wife
by Jane A. Adams

A chilling murder ruins a fun day at the races in the fifth historical mystery featuring Detective Chief Inspector Henry Johnstone.

1929. Police surgeon Dr Clive Mason is devastated when his wife Martha is found dead in an empty horsebox at Southwell Races, her handbag stolen. The Masons were enjoying a day out at the races with their friends, Dr Ephraim Phillips and his wife Nora, when Martha went to speak to a face she recognized in a crowd – and disappeared.

As Detective Chief Inspector Henry Johnstone and Sergeant Mickey Hitchens investigate, it’s clear this wasn’t a robbery gone tragically wrong – Martha was deliberately murdered. Why did the life of this well-respected, popular member of the community meet such a tragic end? Henry and Mickey soon learn that the Masons’ marriage was not what it seemed, and make a number of shocking discoveries. Who was Martha Mason, and what secrets was she hiding?


The vivid depiction of England in the twenties and well-constructed plot will appeal to the Downton Abbey crowd


Fast-paced fun

Kirkus Reviews

Appealing characters … Fans of historical police procedurals will be satisfied

Publishers Weekly

Skillfully plotted … Adams shines light on the darker realities of the times without being heavyhanded

Publishers Weekly on The Clockmaker

This engaging procedural may also appeal to fans of Marjorie Eccles and Jacqueline Winspear

Booklist on Kith and Kin

Outstanding ... Historical fans are in store for an edifying treat

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Kith and Kin

Offers not just a solidly constructed mystery but also the welcome return of a character we hope to read more about in the future

Booklist on Death Scene

Jane A. Adams

Jane A. Adams was born in Leicestershire and still lives there – even though it is too far from the sea. She teaches creative writing and writing skills, mentors other writers for various arts organizations and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Royal Literary Fund Associate Fellow. Her first book, The Greenway, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award and for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award. When not writing she can often be found drawing racing dodos and armoured hares and the occasional octopus.As well as the Henry Johnstone series, Adams is the author of the highly acclaimed Naomi Blake and Rina Martin mystery series.

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The Good Wife by Jane A. Adams is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278896215th May 2020146 X 222mm208$28.99
Hardback978072788962131st January 2020146 X 222mm208£20.99
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