When I was but a girl, my grandmother and I were a tad addicted to Ngaio Marsh, Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers books and we read them all although often lamenting the lack of local crime books with local settings. How excited were we both to discover in the late 80's / early 90's that there were local women writing really good crime fiction. Jean Bedford was one of those discoveries and we hoovered up the Anna Southwood books with relish - often reading the same book at the same time so we could share long telephone calls about them. Following on a recent trend that makes me a very happy reader, many of these groundbreaking crime fiction books are being republished, and Endeavour Press have now addressed the need to be able to access Bedford's books with the re-release of the three Anna Southwood novels:
and a standalone thriller:
Signs of Murder is free for a short period on http://www.amazon.com(link is external) so you can now revisit, or introduce yourself to this series. Happy to report that Now You See Me and Signs of Murder are both residing on the unfeasibly large ebook queue now.
They caught up with her before she reached her car. She didn't hear their footsteps coming up behind her in the dark tree-lined street, had no awareness of them until they grabbed her from behind and threw her to the pavement. Fiona Galloway, a young, deaf social worker, has been threatened: keep her mouth shut or else! Frightened, she seeks out private eye Anna Southwood.