Book: Holy Homicide

(Book 1 in the Isle of Wesberrey Series – A Rev Jessamy Ward Mystery)

Despite her cat allergy and her mother’s warnings of doom and disaster, Reverend Jessamy Ward is excited to return to the Isle of Wesberrey to take up her promotion as parish priest of St. Bridget’s Abbey.

Wesberrey is famous for three things: there are no cars, there are lots of cats, and there is a legendary fertility well. Shortly after Jess’s arrival, it will be famous for something else – murder!

Jess is learning that the island holds many family secrets. Her father’s mysterious death, the legend of the triple goddess and a painful and shocking scandal that unravels after she discovers the body of one of her new parishioners. There are so many loose threads that Jess begins to doubt her vocation and her sanity.

Can Jess root out the killer or will the unearthing of her own family history threaten to destroy her new life?

Holy Homicide is the first book in the exciting new Reverend Jessamy Ward Mystery Series by Penelope Cress.

Escape to a new mystery full of English charm, stray cats and endless cups of tea. Buy Holy Homicide to explore the often quirky and sometimes seedy secrets of the Isle of Wesberrey today!

Synopsis:

Rev Jess Ward is returning to the island where she was born to take up the role of the parish priest of St Bridget’s Abbey. Jess has few memories of the island as her mother took her and her two sisters away following the tragic death of their father forty years ago. Her niece Freya is helping her to move into the vicarage and get to know the local inhabitants. Freya finds it hard to adapt to a place with no cars and over-friendly neighbours until she meets a young organ grinder and young love fills the air. Meanwhile, Jess is learning that the island holds many family secrets. Her father’s mysterious death, the legend of the triple goddess and a painful and shocking scandal that unravels as she discovers the body of the book shop owner, Rachel Smith. There are so many loose threads that Jess begins to doubt her vocation and her sanity, but she finds comfort reuniting with an old school friend, new romantic hope with the police inspector, reconnection with her family and support and acceptance from her parish council. Together they help solve this mysterious death.
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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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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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Divine Death

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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.

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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…

Penelope

P.S.

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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About Me

I’m a writer of mysteries and a mother of four. Addicted to tea, digestive biscuits and all things retro.

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