Lucienne to launch murder mystery novel

April 24 2015

WESTBURY Park novelist and historian Lucienne Boyce, will be launching her latest book this month.

 WESTBURY Park novelist and historian Lucienne Boyce, will be launching her latest book this month.

Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery tells the story of Bow Street Runner and bare-knuckle boxer Dan Foster, who investigates into the brutal murder of a lord's gamekeeper.

Set in the West Country in the 1790s – during the wars abroad against France, and the conflict at home between landowners and working people over enclosures of forests and common land – Dan finds himself walking into a volatile situation ... the local people are fighting back with the only resources open to them: arson, vandalism and riot.

Lucienne, who is renowned for combining historical fact and fantasy, said: “It’s a battle that shaped our landscape. Roads got straighter, fields smaller, more hedges and fences, fewer wild spots.

“It also impacted on our urban environment as agricultural workers were forced out of home and work and driven to the cities, where they provided the cheap labour that made the expansion of industry possible.
“So Dan Foster starts to realise there’s a lot at stake for the people breaking the law he’s been sent to uphold.”

Lucienne says that she is planning a series of Dan Foster Mysteries, which will include Hen Pearce – a Bristol-born bare-knuckle boxer, who became champion in 1805.

Her novel is one of disguises, secrets and hidden passions, and is an ideal read for people who enjoy murder mysteries combined with broader themes such as social unrest, crime and injustice.

The book is available this May, priced £10.99, from SilverWood Books, Amazon, and to order from all good bookshops. An e-book will be available later this year.

A launch event is taking place on May 20 at Foyles Bookshop in Cabot Circus.