A BODY IN THE COTTAGE
by P.F. Ford
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Pub Date 03 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 10 Oct 2023
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Love the characters & stories, and feel like I have been to Wales!’ Nancy
MEET YOUR NEW FAVOURITE DETECTIVE.
Detective Norman is out of retirement and back on the beat in a rainy Welsh seaside town. Llangwelli might be short on sunshine, but it’s certainly not short on murders . . . Norman may seem a bit old-fashioned, but he’s always willing to learn from his band of misfit recruits.
A battered body. A missing handbag. A false confession?
The call comes on Monday afternoon. About to demolish a row of derelict cottages, workmen discover a body in the bedroom of Number 9. A young woman, expensively dressed in designer clothes. It’s a mystery what she was doing there.
She’s been badly beaten. But with no handbag or phone to be found, her identity remains unknown.
Then an elderly man comes forward claiming to be the killer.
Case closed, it would appear. But there are things about the old man’s story that don’t add up. Detective Norman isn’t convinced.
Then a second body is discovered in a skip behind the cottages – and the case takes a disturbing new twist.
Norman and his team are in a race against time to uncover the truth before more bodies turn up.
This absolutely gripping detective mystery full of twists and turns is perfect for fans of Rachel McLean, J.D. Kirk, Pauline Rowson, Elly Griffiths, Matt Brolly and Simon McCleave.
READERS LOVE THE WEST WALES MURDER MYSTERIES:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘P.F. Ford is getting better and better. His characters are wonderful, his plotting is excellent and the reader really cares about the detectives.’ Philip
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Impatiently waiting for the next one.’ Steve
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A fun book to read with many plot twists and turns.’ John
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘What a gentle, kind-hearted man this guy is! I do hope we can hear more about this Welsh team of detectives.’ A reader in the UK
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Fantastic! I'm really enjoying following the characters as they develop more fully. The only bad thing is having to wait for the next amazing book!’ Shawndy
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Can't wait for the next book!! I'm loving this series. I'm so happy for Norm!!’ Amber
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Great characters and enjoyable mysteries. Love the way the characters overcome adversity to come out on top.’ SeafordMuse
Meet DS Norman Norman. He’s so good they named him twice. He thought his policing days were over when he took early retirement. But then he gets called into Llangwelli Police Department to help train up the new recruits. Out on the west coast of Wales, the town is known as something of a dumping ground for screw-ups, but Norman believes no copper’s career is ever beyond salvaging, so he’s going to whip these youngsters into shape. Even if it kills him.
Llangwelli (pronounced Hlangwelly) is a seaside harbour town in West Wales that sits on the edge of a wide, shallow river estuary. Thanks to West Wales’s rainy climate, verdant green hills dotted with cows and sheep make for idyllic surroundings. But that doesn’t mean it’s free from crime — as Norman is about to find out.
ALSO BY P.F. FORD
THE WEST WALES MURDER MYSTERIES
Book 1: A BODY ON THE BEACH
Book 2: A BODY OUT AT SEA
Book 3: A BODY DOWN THE LANE
Book 4: A BODY AT THE FARMHOUSE
Book 5: A BODY IN THE COTTAGE
DS SOUTHALL SERIES
Book 1: A DATE WITH DEATH