The Grave Concerns of Jennifer Lloyd
A KILLER TO UNMASK – on an English country estate. The police have given up, but Jennifer Lloyd has a devious plan.
A FEISTY TELEVISION REPORTER – prepared to go the extra mile to secure her career in television. Blagging deficiencies or a dodgy CV might otherwise lead to her downfall.
A HIGH RISK STRATEGY – accusing someone of murder while filming his beloved gardens. Will Jennifer’s self-defence skills save her when the knives come out?
Wealthy landowner, Digby Barrington-Smith, was arrested three years ago after the suspicious drowning of his wife within the grounds of their famous Dorset attraction: Solent House and Gardens. Despite police suspicions, due to lack of evidence, and because their Serbian handyman, Toma, suspiciously disappeared immediately afterwards, Digby was released. So why has he since become a virtual hermit when once he liked nothing better than to chat with visitors to his beloved gardens? And what happened to Toma? After the trauma of an abused childhood in a children’s home, feisty, funny, but damaged Jennifer Lloyd, has focused on developing a career as a television presenter - unfortunately founded on an over-imaginative CV and a fictitious degree. To raise her profile, she plans to produce a documentary about the gardens and Digby’s expertise as a plantsman: culminating in unexpectedly exposing him as a murderer - on-camera. Can she gain the trust of this eccentric lurking in virtual squalor within the grand house? Can she worm her way into finding out more than the police by befriending his family and staff? Will Jennifer survive an escalating series of threats and a knife attack? Was there one murder or two? And one murderer or two?
A fine melding of mystery thriller and contemporary fiction, but refreshingly free of the clichés of either, The Grave Concerns of Jennifer Lloyd is the new release from Ian Kingsley, and it’s an impressive accomplishment.
Kingsley has an exceptional eye for detail... and his acerbic pen maintains a prevailing sense of authenticity without the need for grandstanding or false climaxes. Jennifer Lloyd is the catalyst that makes this work. Methodical and confident as she follows her investigation, there’s a certain naivety to her character that Kingsley teases out. It’s an inspired touch which allows for a timely infusion of humour, but more importantly it encourages our concern for her wellbeing as she pursues her pathway to fame. This is further accentuated by Kingsley’s first person narrative and paves the way for a cracking denouement. These alone are reason to turn the pages but, in the final analysis, it’s the simple elegance with which Kingsley writes that proves unrelentingly endearing.
Exceptionally entertaining, The Grave Concerns Of Jennifer Lloyd proves Kingsley’s prowess as a multi-genre author and is recommended without reservation.
- Stephan J Myers (Book Viral)
From its first paragraph, The Grave Concerns draws readers in with a flash and a bang. "I plan to start with a murder. That should get me noticed. I’m after headlines and television news. Or, to put it more bluntly: fame.
Jen’s job as a freelance television presenter is enhanced by lead stories, interviews, and a nose for trouble. It’s the latter that drives Jen into a dangerous situation, even though her job largely consists of presenting wildlife and documentary pieces and educational works.
All this is about to change as she confronts something far more sinister. Living a life of contrasts, and suddenly mixing with those who cultivate a propensity for danger, her troubled past comes back to haunt her, making her realise her talents and instincts may be no match for her adversaries...
Murder mystery and thriller readers will relish The Grave Concerns of Jennifer Lloyd. The feisty and conflicted world of Jen and how she chooses to navigate her obstacles makes for a powerful, compelling read that's hard to put down.”
– D. Donovan (Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review)
The Grave Concerns of Jennifer Lloyd is a thrilling murder mystery by author Ian Kingsley, with an authentic British flavour. Our title’s heroine, Jennifer, is an up-and-coming television reporter with fierce ambition and massive dreams of success. Despite the disadvantages of her orphan status in the past, Jennifer is bright and positive about the future, particularly when she spots a suspicious opportunity to make a really big journalistic discovery. Wealthy hermit Digby Barrington-Smith has rarely been seen since he was released from the investigation into the death of his wife, taking to his precious gardens instead. Under the pretence of filming a documentary about those gardens, Jennifer enters the world of the privileged landowner, only to discover that she becomes an instant target for danger.
Ian Kingsley has created a charming and real young woman whose ambition and logic usually prevail, but who has genuinely believable faults which could also be her undoing. The narrative style allows Jennifer to speak directly to her audience, creating a sometimes cosy atmosphere which is engaging to read, but also allowing access straight into the character’s mind at the most tense moments of the plot. What I enjoyed most about The Grave Concerns of Jennifer Lloyd was the utter Britishness of the gentry and the television industry, for the action and thrills of this novel come from somewhere authentic, which makes them all the more entertaining.
Published: 9 March 2016
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