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Commemorating VE Day May 8th 2020

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Today marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe. On May 8th 1945 the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill declared peace in Europe. It was the beginning of the end of WWII. The end of six years of fighting, of rationing, of bombings, of refugee movements, of unimaginable suffering by ordinary people across the world.

Today, I am writing this post from my home. A home that my family and I have been locked-down in for over six weeks. It has amazed me at how well we have gotten on. How few arguments there have been. We have rediscovered the joy of spending time together. We have had more home-cooked meals. My eldest daughter has been decorating and learning lots of new crafts. She is even styling her hair in a 1940s ‘ fashion.

At the beginning of 2020, I thought we would spend the year reimagining ‘The Roaring Twenties’. Lots of swinging parties and flapper dresses and instead we are learning to embrace the more simple things in life: Family, home and being grateful.

We clap for the NHS every Thursday night. We offer support to friends, family and colleagues that we can no longer hug. We yearn to see each other again.

After only six short weeks, rather than six long years, we are identifying with the words of Vera Lynn’s iconic wartime song with a resonance that few would have predicted only a few months ago.

“We’ll meet again, don’t know where. Don’t know when. But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.”

Our hashtags say it all. These are the things we believe are important. These are the things we value:

#Stay safe. #Be kind. #Saves Life #VE75 #Save the NHS

When this current situation is all over, let us remember what we cared about most.

In the meantime, I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to staying in, eating with my family and afterwards, snuggling down with a delightful book.

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Penelope Cress

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My name is Penelope Cress and I love a good murder. Don’t you?

In fact, there is nothing I like better than snuggling up with a nice cup of tea and some digestive biscuits and watching some Agatha Christie or Midsomer Murders on the television. Or even better reading the latest cosy mystery on the train at the end of a hard day.

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Holy Homicide

Rev Jessamy Ward uncovers murder, mystery and tragic family secrets when she returns to live on the magical Isle of Wesberrey.
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Jubilee Jinks

A nostalgic mystery set on the Isle of Wesberrey, a charming prequel to the Rev Jessamy Ward Mystery Series.
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Mausoleum Madness

Bodies pile up quicker than the new vicar, Rev Jessamy Ward can bury them in the second book from the Isle of Wesberry series.
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Pious Poison

In book three of the series, Rev Jessamy Ward joins the Wesberrey Walkers to become fitter and it almost kills her.
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Penelope Cress

About Me

My name is Penelope Cress and I love a good murder. Don’t you?

In fact, there is nothing I like better than snuggling up with a nice cup of tea and some digestive biscuits and watching some Agatha Christie or Midsomer Murders on the television. Or even better reading the latest cosy mystery on the train at the end of a hard day.

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I started to write my own stories a couple of years ago and the result is the exciting Isle of Wesberrey series featuring the sleuthing talents of Reverend Jessamy Ward. It had been such a joy creating this magical island and its quirky inhabitants.

I live with my children and elderly Jack Russell terrier on an island off the Kent coast and Wesberrey has been inspired by the history and attractions of the many amazing towns and villages dotted along the Kent coast.

In my head I imagined the nostalgic world of G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown with the modern day humour of the Vicar of Dibley.  What if there was a place where there were no cars but cats roamed free? A place steeped in history, tradition and ritual that embraced the best things about living in the modern world. A charming English idyll where there just happens to be the odd murder, every other week!

In my research about the local history of my parish church I discovered the legend of the fertility well and the triple goddess. What if Reverend Jess Ward was descended from the original keepers of the well? Is there a way for ancient and modern traditions to peacefully coexist?

I have had great fun creating a world where all of these elements could find a home and I have had even more fun populating this island with some wonderful characters. I love them as my family and I hope that you will grow to love them too.

I am truly honoured that you have come to my website and possibly have read, or are about to read some of my books.

If you would like to keep in touch and hear about all the latest goings on in Wesberrey, competitions, new releases or just some general gossip, please sign up for my free newsletter. To say thank you, I will send you a link to a special sort story Jubilee Jinks (a prequel to the main Wesberrey series) for FREE!

When I’m not writing, or reading murder mysteries, I spend way too much time on Facebook, so I have a special group called the Wesberrey Watchers where I will be sharing all sorts of goodies and members can talk about their favourite characters and so on. If you would like to take part, all you have to do is head over to Facebook and request to join.

I would be delighted to hear from you and welcome any ideas or suggestions for what could happen with the characters as the series unfolds. Ideas for interesting new murder plots are welcome too. I hope the police never have cause to open my search history, they would think I am some kind of serial killer. I promise my only victims are fictional!

Thanks again for popping by, keep in touch…



I am currently working on a second series which will take me around the world. Watch out for the adventures of Sandra Snoop coming soon…
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I’m a writer of mysteries and a mother of four. Addicted to tea, digestive biscuits and all things retro.

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