The Room with Eight Windows
by Jane A. Adams

Henry Johnstone has retired from the police, but when he suddenly disappears his old colleague and friend, Inspector Mickey Hitchens, investigates.

December, 1930. Henry Johnstone has retired from his role as detective chief inspector at London’s Scotland Yard and is staying at the home of the late Sir Eamon Barry on the south coast, cataloguing and inventorying his extensive library. Until he suddenly – and inexplicably – vanishes.

Mickey Hitchens, Henry’s old partner-in-crime, now an inspector himself, investigates the house with his colleague, Sergeant Tibbs. The room Henry was staying in had eight unusual, curved windows, and the pair quickly uncover disturbing signs of a struggle, along with a blotter that has the name of a man who was murdered five years ago written on it. Is there a link between that case and Henry’s disappearance? Can Mickey find his friend and bring him home safely, or is it already too late?


“Puzzles aplenty for coppers young and old”

Kirkus Reviews

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

Publishers Weekly on The Girl In the Yellow Dress

“A fitting swan song for Adams’ dynamic duo”

Kirkus Reviews on The Girl in the Yellow Dress

“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”

Kirkus Reviews on Bright Young Things

“A dense and atmospheric plot with plenty of surprises, authentic historical details, and intriguing characters . . . make this one a good pick for devotees of fans of British historical mysteries.”


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 Room with Eight Windows by Jane A. Adams is available in the following formats

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