Dead Before Morning

Dead Before Morning

Geraldine Evans

Mystery & Thrillers / Historical Fiction / Nonfiction

#1 of 15 Just-promoted Brit DI Joe Rafferty lands the case of 'The Faceless Lady', as the media has dubbed it. So he could do without his wily Ma's wheedling demand that he spring her niece's fiance from poky in time for their wedding. A critical Superintendent, a gung ho media who seize on the 'Faceless Lady' case and the latest tricksy family problem put Rafferty between a rock and a hard place.#1 of 15 in the Rafferty & Llewellyn British Cozy Mystery Series 'This often comic tale sharpens the appetite for more.' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Newly-promoted British Detective Joe Rafferty really should have expected that his first case since his promotion would encourage the mischievous fates to have some fun and games at his expense.But, even though he is imbued with enough Irish superstition to use up the nation's salt stocks, he never anticipated that he would be landed with the case of the 'Faceless Lady'. At least, not at the same time that his wily Ma involves him in the latest Rafferty family law-bending drama.Cursed by coming from a large Irish Catholic clan who believe obeying the Laws of the Land is an optional extra, Ma has temporarily put aside her determined match-making ambitions for long enough to extract Rafferty's promise that he would get her niece's fiancé out of poky in time for their wedding. Rafferty has no idea how he is to organise this Great Escape so that it goes more smoothly than most things in the Rafferty experience.All he does know is that, between his fire-breathing Superintendent, his Ma's emotional blackmail, an ever-critical media who has latched on to the case of the Faceless Lady with relish, and a chief suspect who's not only a bosom buddy of the Chief Constable, but who also seems to believe that a little bribery and corruption will ensure this latest blip in the crime statistics is solved to his satisfaction, Rafferty’s not a happy bunny.But did the fates really have to saddle him with an educationally-superior new partner in the shape of stiff, more moral than the Pope, Welsh Methodist Dafyd Llewellyn, too?'Evans' humor seriously added to my enjoyment of her book. The series has stand out central characters and clever plots.’ AUNT AGATHA’S BOOKSHOP, ANN ARBORIn this first book in the quirky, not quite so Traditional British mystery series, there is humour in plenty, more family drama than you can shake a stick at and not a little mayhem. At its heart a murder mystery with enough twists and turns to test a Boy Scout's knot skills to the limit.For lovers of cozy mysteries and police procedurals. Books in the Rafferty & Llewellyn series Dead Before Morning #1 Down Among the Dead Men #2 Death Line #3 The Hanging Tree #4 Absolute Poison #5 Dying For You #6 Bad Blood #7 Love Lies Bleeding #8 Blood on the Bones #9 A Thrust to the Vitals #10 Death Dues #11 All the Lonely People #12 Death Dance #13 Deadly Reunion #14 Kith and Kill #15
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RAFFERTY & LLEWELLYN BOXED SET: BOOKS 1 - 4

RAFFERTY & LLEWELLYN BOXED SET: BOOKS 1 - 4

Geraldine Evans

Mystery & Thrillers / Historical Fiction / Nonfiction

A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER . . .Dead Before Morning #1Down Among the Dead Men #2Death Line #3The Hanging Tree #4Dead Before MorningBritish Detective Joe Rafferty and his partner, Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn in a murder mystery involving the killing of a young woman bludgeoned beyond recognition, with no ID and found in a secure place to which she supposedly had no admission. Who is she? How has she gained access? And who was responsible for her murder? These are just a few of the questions the detective duo must answer in this first novel in the cozy mystery series. With difficulties besetting them on all sides, including their own superintendent and a media that has decided to adopt the case of the 'Faceless Lady' as their own personal crusade for justice, newly-promoted Inspector Rafferty has something to prove.Down Among the Dead MenBritish Detectives Joe Rafferty and his partner, Dafyd Llewellyn, in their second murder mystery investigation, set out to discover who killed Barbara Longman, a woman with no known enemies. But when it soon becomes apparent that the murder has been committed by someone who must have known the victim well, the police investigation shifts to the victim's family, the wealthy and influential Shores. Rafferty suspects that Charles Shore, not a man known to forgive failure, will use his influence to damage Rafferty's career should he fail to find the murderer.Death LineThird novel in the Rafferty & Llewellyn mystery series, Death Line sees the detective duo trying to solve the murder mystery, with his own crystal ball, of the famed 'seer', Jasper Moon. Gradually it becomes clear that Jasper Moon was a man of many parts, not all of them very savoury. Moon was a wealthy man but seems to have written no will; certainly, Detectives Rafferty and Llewellyn can't find it. In a case involving as many twists and turns as a snake avoiding capture, the detective duo must take their murder investigation back through the years to the victim's youth to answer that question: 'Who did it?'. And Rafferty fears that after such a long time, the evidence their murder inquiry needs will no longer be there to find.The Hanging TreeFourth novel in the Rafferty & Llewellyn mystery series. This murder mystery involves the detective pair in the case of the vanishing hanged man. But when the hanged man turns up in Dedman Woods for a second time, the British detectives are able to confirm that he is a man many had reason to hate. Because Maurice Smith, charged years earlier with four child rapes, had escaped on a legal technicality. Detective Rafferty feels ambivalent about the case from the start. Not sure his desire to solve it is strong enough, he has to fight the feeling that natural justice, in winning out against the judicial sort, has right on its side. The punishment has, in his book, fitted the crime. As the usual police procedure continues towards an unwanted conclusion, Rafferty, caught between the law and his own sense of morality, feels this is an investigation that could cause him to demand his own resignation as a detective.There are 18 novels in the Rafferty & Llewellyn Mystery SeriesWEBSITE: http://geraldineevansbooks.comNewsletter Sign-Up Link: http://eepurl.com/AKjSj
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Dead Before Morning (Rafferty & Llewellyn humorous crime series #1 in series)

Dead Before Morning (Rafferty & Llewellyn humorous crime series #1 in series)

Geraldine Evans

Mystery & Thrillers / Historical Fiction / Nonfiction

A brilliant crime fiction debut, which introduces a sparky new double act in Inspector Joseph Rafferty and Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn. Inspector Rafferty is under pressure. Not only has he got his Ma on his case – expecting him to spring a distant cousin from the cells, but the naked body of a teenaged girl has been found in the grounds of Elmhurst, a private psychiatric hospital. And with the help of upright Welsh sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn he must track down the killer. But Rafferty’s first murder case since his promotion is not going to be4 easy. The girl’s face has been mutilated beryond recognition. And Elmhurst’s owner De Anthony Melville-Briggs – the suave social climber who thinks his wife’s money can buy everything, including the police – claims he has no idea who the victim might be. Perhaps, he suggests, the killing might be the work of a jealous rival doctor. Rafferty takes an instant and deep dislike to Dr Melville-Briggs and his high-ranking connections. His desire to prove the arrogant doctor guilty of murder begins to border on obsession. Sergeant Llewellyn, however, doesn’t share the Inspector’s conviction – the doctor has a seemingly solid alibi. Then the identity of the girl is finally discovered, and a whole host of new suspects emerge – each with a motive that gives the police plenty to think about. It is only when Rafferty remembers his forgotten promise to his Ma that he go to see the cousin still languishing in the cells, that he gets his just reward, He begins to turn the case around in time to get the press and an angry superintendent off their backs.
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Deadly Reunion

Deadly Reunion

Geraldine Evans

Mystery & Thrillers / Historical Fiction / Nonfiction

The brand-new Rafferty and Llewellyn Mystery - Loves, labours, losses and not to mention a spattering of the occult are all part of an education at the prestigious Griffin School, but when a reunion culminates in the death of a high profile former student, DI Joseph Rafferty and his ever erudite partner, Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn, are called in to unearth the truth behind the school's picturesque facade.
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Down Among the Dead Men

Down Among the Dead Men

Geraldine Evans

Mystery & Thrillers / Historical Fiction / Nonfiction

When beautiful Barbara Longman is found dead in a meadow, uprooted wild flowers strewn about her and, in her hand, a single marigold, Inspector Joe Rafferty at first believes the murder may be the work of the serial killer over the county border in Suffolk. But then he meets the victim’s family – and, after liaising with the Suffolk CID, he rapidly comes to believe that the killing is the work of a copycat… one much closer to home, someone among the descendants of the long-dead wealthy family patriarch, Maximillian Shore. Everyone, it seems, had a motive: Henry the grieving widower; the victim’s brother-in-law, Charles Shore, the ruthless tycoon; Henry’s first wife, the Bohemian Anne, who has lost the custody of Maxie, her teenage son, to the saintly Barbara. Even the long-dead patriarch, Maximillian Shore, seems, to Rafferty, to have some involvement in the murder, though how, or why, Rafferty doesn’t understand until he finally grasps the truth behind the reasons for the killing. A truth sad and dreadful and which had been evident from the start, if only he had had the eyes to see.
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A Killing Karma

A Killing Karma

Geraldine Evans

Mystery & Thrillers / Historical Fiction / Nonfiction

DCI Will Casey is asked by his parents to investigate a double murder at the Fenland commune where they live strictly unofficially. As if thats not enough, Casey also has to solve a very unpleasant murder on his own patch: a John Doe found dead in a dark alley. With the help of his knowing sergeant, Thomas Catt, Casey must try to get to the bottom of both official and unofficial cases . . .
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Death Line

Death Line

Geraldine Evans

Mystery & Thrillers / Historical Fiction / Nonfiction

ABOUT THE SERIESThe Rafferty and Llewellyn mystery series features working-class lapsed Catholic Detective Inspector Joe Rafferty who comes from a family who think - if they must have a policeman in the family - that he might at least have the decency to be a bent one. Even his Ma, Kitty Rafferty is not averse to illicit bargains and some of his siblings seem to positively stumble into crime. Given all this, Rafferty's career seems more flotsam and jetsam than solid and Dafyd Llewellyn, his high moral tone partner, only adds to the angst. And when you add murder to the brew... Blurb of Death Line Jasper Moon, internationally renowned ‘seer to the stars’, had signally failed to foresee his own future. He is found dead on his consulting-room floor, his skull crushed with a crystal ball and, all, around him, his office in chaos. Meanwhile, Ma Rafferty does some star-gazing of her own and is sure she can predict Detective Inspector Joe Rafferty’s future – by the simple expedient of organizing it herself. She is still engaged on her crusade to get Rafferty married off to a good Catholic girl with child-bearing hips. But Rafferty has a cunning plan to sabotage her machinations. Only trouble is, he needs Sergeant Llewellyn’s cooperation and he isn’t sure he’s going to get it. During their murder investigations, Inspector Rafferty and Sergeant Llewellyn discover a highly incriminating video concealed in Moon’s flat, a video which, if made public, could wreck more than one life. Was the famous astrologer really a vicious sexual predator? Gradually, connections begin to emerge between Moon and others in the small Essex town of Elmhurst. But how is Rafferty to solve the case when all of his suspects have seemingly unbreakable alibis? REVIEWS FOR DEATH LINE‘The detectives brilliantly complement and oppose each other. For those who love Sherlock Holmes-style mysteries, you’ll likely adore Evans’ style, humor and method of detection. A wonderful cozy, rainy-night read rich with interesting characters that all appear guilty and innocent. At every turn you’ll think you know who the killer is, but the true identity and motive won’t come until the end. The reveal is not far-fetched or deceptive – it was there all along and it works perfectly.’Review by Charlie Courtland of Bitsy Bling Books http://bitsybling.blogspot.com/2011/03/death-line-curl-up-with-cozy-mystery ‘Ms Evans writes with a nice, tongue-in-cheek style and in her policemen has created an attractive pair of sleuths. Recommended.’MICHAEL PAINTER, THE IRISH TIMES, ON DEATH LINE I love English detectives and the team of Rafferty and Llewellyn is no exception. Evans has created a pair that works well together without one over shadowing the other in any way. I love that. I cannot help but compare Evans to Sir Author Conan Doyle, her style is similar although her wit is not as dry, which is another plus in my book. I also liked that Rafferty and Llewellyn recognize and catch the flaws in one another that are sometimes over looked in other novels. In my opinion Geraldine Evans will soon be one of those must read authors whose books sell out in minutes.Rita ReviewsRita's Rating: Five Stars ‘One of the best crime plots for devotees is written in the stars in Geraldine Evans’s DEATH LINE.’PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH ‘Really enjoyed this book. I just finished it a few minutes ago and I was so excited to post my review because this is now one of my favorite books. Definitely one I will be reading again at some point. This one was another book I couldn't put down.From the AuthorI've long been interested in New Age subjects (palmistry, astrology etc), so I thought it would be fun to set one of my Rafferty & Llewellyn series around a murder set in such a 'Seer's' consulting rooms. I hope my readers find it interesting, and learn a little about this fascinating subject. About the AuthorGeraldine Evans is a traditional author turned indie. After a traditional publishing career spanning eighteen novels and oh-so-many years, she decided, being a bit of a control freak, that it would be great to be in charge of her own destiny. Earning more of a fair share of the sale proceeds of her books being another plus. She took the plunge in 2010; the best decision she ever made. Geraldine is a Londoner who has lived in Norfolk (UK) since 2000. Interests include painting not very good portraits of the coerced, trying her hand at 'God-like' creation in the greenhouse, and annoying the neighbours with her amateurish keyboard playing.
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