A Clerical Error

Written by J. New


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When the crime scene is pure coincidence and there’s no evidence, how do you prove it was murder?

Ella Bridges faces her most challenging investigation so far when the vicar dies suddenly at the May Day Fete. But with evidence scarce and her personal life unravelling in ways she could never have imagined, she misses vital clues in the investigation.
Working alongside Sergeant Baxter of Scotland Yard, will Ella manage to unearth the clues needed to catch the killer before another life is lost? Or will personal shock cloud her mind and result in another tragedy?




Fabulously Entertaining Mystery!  225


I do love a period mystery and this series, set in 1930’s England, is fast becoming one of my favourites!

Book 3 nudges the personal life of Ella Bridges that bit further along whilst, as a sometime detective for Scotland Yard, she becomes embroiled in another mystery. The setting of Linhay is perfect for these tales – for a lesser populated place there is always so much going on! As happened in those times, the church, post office and tearooms were the centre of village life and a hive of gossip. ‘Ladies’ had housekeepers and cooks not to mention maids, leaving them with plenty of free hours to concern themselves with whatever was going on in their small communities – including murder!

Excellently planned and well written, this is an enjoyable tale with excellent characterisation and several surprises along the way. I solved the how but the who was a complete mystery to me – and, of course, I will leave it to be a puzzle to you too. This is a fabulously entertaining series and one I would highly recommend to lovers of cosy mysteries.

Having read the first two in series, I clicked on this one from Amazon and I’m so glad I did. Just the ticket in between more serious reads!


Tags: period mystery, cosy



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5376.0 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Phantom Press
  • Publication Date: 8 January 2018
  • Link to buy: http://amzn.eu/5DWcE1X


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About the Author


J. New is the British author of The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mystery series. Set on the fictitious island of Linhay in the south of England during the 1930’s, they are an homage to the Golden Age mysteries but with a contemporary twist.


Join the Author’s Readers Group and receive a FREE Short Story: ‘The Yellow Cottage Mystery’ (the prequel to The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries). Available on her website ~ http://www.jnewwrites.com


‘Miss Marple’ meets ‘The Ghost Whisperer’ in this 1930’s British Mystery series.

Reading order:

The Yellow Cottage Mystery
An Accidental Murder – Book 1
The Curse of Arundel Hall – Book 2
A Clerical Error – Book 3
The Riviera Affair – Book 4 – coming mid 2018


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