Book: Jubilee Jinks

(Prequel to the Isle of Wesberrey Series – A Rev Jessamy Ward Mystery)

After forty years of absence, Rev Jessamy Ward prepares to return to the Isle of Wesberrey as the new parish priest. Having left after the tragic death of her father, she has few memories of the island. However, her nieces demanding to hear all about the magical place brings Jessamy back to the time when she and her friends, the Wesberrey Angels, got involved in a rather unusual crime.

It’s June 1977 and the Isle of Wesberrey is gearing itself up for a very special royal visitor. There is a general buzz of excitement in the local school but events take a dramatic turn when the island’s Silver Jubilee gift for the Queen goes missing. The adult population soon suspects the troublesome Adrian, and consider the case solved. But best friends, Jessamy, Sam and Karen suspect there is more to this mystery and set out to uncover the truth.

In a world of fudge, flares and feral cats can the Wesberrey Angels solve the puzzle and save the island’s blushes?

Jubilee Jinks is a charming prequel to the exciting new Reverend Jessamy Ward Mystery Series by Penelope Cress. If you like your nostalgia mixed in with cats and crime, sign up for my newsletter now and get your free copy today.


Reverend Jessamy Ward is taking up the role of the parish priest on the island of her birth after being away for forty years! She answers questions from her nieces about what she remembers about this eccentric place that doesn’t have cars but does have a large colony of feral cats. As she reminisces she recalls what happened when Queen Elizabeth II came to visit the island as part of her Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977. We are introduced to the Wesberrey Angels, or rather Jess, aged eleven and her best friends Sam and Karen. They talk about Jess’s older sister and her new boyfriend, the skater boys Karen hangs out with and the move to senior or ‘big’ school in September. The next morning at school assembly we are introduced to their teachers. Mr Leybourne and Miss Sykes have been discovered kissing and their friend Adrian is enjoying the fame of being their discoverer – until Mr Leybourne catches him and gives him the ‘slipper’. Adrian is trouble but level-headed Sam is starting to see him with new eyes, much to the confusion of her friends. So, when Adrian is suspected of stealing the artwork that the parish council plan to present to the Queen, the girls are keen to find out what really happened.

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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

In book four of the series, Rev Jessamy Ward invites the local archaeological society to dig up the old well...what could go wrong?
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Consecrated Crime

In book five of the series, between a regatta, a wedding and discovering her pagan past, will Rev Jessamy Ward find her way?
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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.

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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