17 April 2014

The absurd adventures of the hapless vicar of Sherburn.

The Trials of Thomas Roxby - A Country Parson’s Rum Tale
By Julius Falconer

We are in the sleepy village of Sherburn in Elmete, Yorkshire, in the year of grace 1729. When George Bywater, the vicar’s servant, is clubbed to death as he collects the parish tithes, the vicar undertakes to track his killer. Unfortunately, his efforts are thwarted at every turn. Threatened with violence, arrested and tried on three separate occasions, on charges that include murder, harbouring a felon and poaching, he is saved from transportation – or worse! – only by an act of God (naturally). He is hauled before the archdeacon and then the archbishop himself for carrying out his investigation at the expense of his pastoral duties. Forbidden to proceed as he wishes, he yet takes advantage of a tip-off from a local magistrate and a chance encounter with a reformed footpad to pursue his inquiries - in a pure spirit of duty, of course – and comes up with a peculiarly delicate challenge to his conscience. ....Find out more

The Author
Julius Falconer admits that the only positive feature in a life otherwise devoid of the slightest interest is that, in forty years’ work, he did not miss one day through ill-health! Born in Coventry, educated in Leicester, Italy and Leeds, he worked mainly in Scotland and Cornwall. A retired translator and secondary-school teacher, he reads, writes, indulges his passion for music, walks, gardens and thinks. He lives mainly in Yorkshire but has a rural retreat in central France where ideas bubble up and ferment. The Bite of a Mad Dog (pub. Pneuma Springs) is his eighteenth whodunnit. Other writings include translations from Latin, French, German and Italian and opaque papers in international journals. Widowed in 2000, he has a married daughter who says she has better things to do than read his scribblings. Go to www.juliusfalconer.com for further exciting details.

“Unpredictable – a triple-loop rollercoaster of intriguing entertainment
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Genre: Fiction: Crime and mystery
Paperback ISBN: 9781782283430
Publication Date: 22 May 2014
Edition/Format: 1st/Paperback and eBook
Book Size: 203 x 133 mm, 186pp

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