Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for THE WOODS MURDER by Roy Lewis. This is Book 3 in the popular Inspector Crow series. Today I am sharing with you a short article on how Roy came to write The Woods Murder (previously published as A Secret Singing).
A Secret Singing by Roy Lewis
“My partner once gave me a lapel badge—large and yellow—with the words “Trust me—I’m a lawyer”. At parties it was a good talking point. Since Shakespeare (“Let’s kill all the lawyers”) the legal professionals haven’t had a good Press. Which set me to writing The Woods Murder (first published as A Secret Singing). As American poet Carl Sandberg has it “Why does the hearse-horse snicker, hauling the lawyer’s bones?”
“Of course, when a lawyer is murdered there are bound to be lots of suspects. But what would be the connection between the murder of the lawyer and that of a nine year old girl in Kenton Woods? That’s the problem DI John Crow has to face and he’ll have to deal with a few surprises on the way…”
The Woods Murder by Roy Lewis
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THIS BOOK WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS “A SECRET SINGING.”
Nine-year-old Jenny Carson is brutally murdered in Kenton Wood on her way from school.
Then Charles Lendon is found stabbed to death with a skewer through his heart. He was a ruthless lawyer and something of a womaniser. Jenny’s father blamed him for her murder.
As the local police struggle, Inspector Crow is called in. Can he connect the two killings?
He discovers that several of those closest to Charles Lendon had good reason to hate him: his housekeeper lover, her unstable brother, even the boyfriend of his attractive young colleague Cathy Tennant.
This fast-paced mystery will have you enthralled from the start. Set in England in the late 1960s, this is the third book to feature Inspector John Crow. More coming soon.
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Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ruth Rendell, P.D. James and Peter Robinson.
Roy Lewis is one of the most critically acclaimed crime writers of his generation.
PRAISE FOR ROY LEWIS MYSTERIES
“Each Lewis seems to better the last. Here is an intriguing puzzle and likely police work and a fine picture of Northumbrian society and countryside” The Times
“Roy Lewis has demonstrated an enviable range both in geography and style…a nice neat story” The Financial Times
“Lots of cunning complications embracing conservation and financial fiddles” The Guardian
“A thorough, unpretentious and immensely solid piece of work with an interesting and likeable hero” Times Literary Supplement
“Chilly drama with some stirring cliff hanger” Sunday Telegraph
Skeletally-built, mild-mannered Inspector John Crow is established in the Murder Squad in London and constantly meets hostility when he is called upon to work on murder cases in regional crime squads in Wales and the Midlands. He displays strong moral feelings, and a sensitivity which brings him into conflict with regional staff as he doggedly and successfully pursues the truth in cases where he is called in.
INSPECTOR CROW BOOKS
Book 1: A LOVER TOO MANY
Book 2: ERROR OF JUDGMENT
Book 3: THE WOODS MURDER
Roy Lewis Author Bio
Roy Lewis is a well-established crime writer with 60 novels to his name. He lives in the north of England where he sets many of his books. He is a former college principal and Inspector of Schools who now runs business training programmes and has business interests in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He has three children – all of them lawyers.