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Publication Date: 21 Sep 2017
Page Count: 288
Author: Simon Parke
ISBN-13: 9781910674482, 9781910674499

The Indecent Death of a Madam

An Abbot Peter Mystery
By Simon Parke
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The Stormhaven Etiquette Society, a secretive affair, unafraid to name and shame those who transgress

Model Services, the town’s only brothel, a discreet but busy presence in Church Street

Bybuckle Asylum, a desolate shell on the seafront that housed over seven hundred mental patients prior to ‘care in the community’

What brings these three together is a cold-blooded execution that both shocks and confounds. For lying dead in the empty asylum, tied to an old metal bed frame, is a pillar of the establishment. Or is she?

Sleuthing couple DI Tamsin Shah and her remarkable cleric uncle join forces once again to solve a murder mystery that reveals dark secrets from Abbot Peter’s tempestuous student years.

‘Do we ever leave anything behind?’ he wonders as the killer swings the gun barrel towards him . . .

‘To a long list of much-loved detective pairings, which includes Holmes and Watson, Poirot and Hastings, and Morse and Lewis, we must now add Abbot Peter and Tamsin Shah’. Church Times
About the Author
Former script writer for Spitting Image and Sony Award winner, Simon Parke is author of the Abbot Peter murder mystery series and the historical novel The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and her Lover. Away from publishing, Simon is CEO of The Mind Clinic and enjoys the loneliness of the long distance runner.
Press Reviews

Cunningly plotted, scary and darkly funny . . . the dialogue crackles as crisply as ever.

Abbot Peter is a true original.

To a long list of much-loved detective pairings, which includes Holmes and Watson, Poirot and Hastings, and Morse and Lewis, we must now add Abbot Peter and Tamsin Shah.

He is a brilliant creation. Clever. Rounded. Articulate and real. It may take a few years for him to be accepted as one of the greats. But . . . he will be.

- Tim Hastie-Smith, National Director of Scripture Union

The characters that Parke pens are convincing, and the dialogue is rich and entertaining.

- The Revd Professor Nicolas Goulding

[Reviews of earlier Abbot Peter mysteries, A Director’s Cut (2014), A Psychiatrist Screams (2013) and A Vicar Crucified (2013, all DLT)]: Highly original . . . very different from most detective stories

An engrossing page-turning thriller, propelling the reader through its multiple twists and turns and keeping one guessing until the final unpredictable – yet satisfying – denouement.

A nicely plotted, swiftly paced yarn, full of teases . . . Parke evokes the creepiness of the setting marvellously. He has a stunning ear for the way people actually speak, with pages of uninterrupted dialogue flashing by with the speed of a radio play.

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