Book: Mausoleum Madness

(Book 2 in the Isle of Wesberrey Series – A Rev Jessamy Ward Mystery)

Good funerals are like buses, you wait all year for one and then three turn up at once! However, as there are no cars allowed on the Island you’ll be waiting forever for a bus. Funerals, though, seem to be the latest craze and the newly installed vicar, Jessamy Ward has plenty to keep her busy.

When a local businessman goes missing, despite her best efforts to not get involved, Rev Jess Ward finds herself caught up in the middle of a new murder mystery. Add in dancing nymphs and family pagan rituals and Jess soon learns that life on the Isle of Wesberrey is never going to be dull. Murder and intrigue are as common here as the cats and seagulls.

With her best friend gone AWOL with the handsome undertaker and her sister is proving to be an unwanted distraction for the dishy police inspector. Jess finds that she is left alone to get to the bottom of this most recent murder.

Is Jess right to keep faith in her family and friends? Can she even keep faith in herself?

Mausoleum Madness is the second book in the exciting new Reverend Jessamy Ward Mystery Series by Penelope Cress.

Leave the bustle of the 21st century behind and journey to an island where there are no cars but there’s plenty of cake and crime. Buy Mausoleum Madness to uncover the strange people and events on the Isle of Wesberrey today!


Jess Ward has only been back on the Isle of Wesberrey for a few weeks but all the recent drama has made it feel a lot longer. Drama much increased by the unexpected arrival of her sister Susannah. The bishop is due in a few days to formally instal her into the benefice of St. Bridget’s and there is so much to prepare. Add to that a double funeral and a surprise visit from her mother and Jess has no time for family legends about the ‘godmother’ and the Well of the Triple Goddess. However, the disappearance of a wealthy businessman forces Jess to reexamine her personal connection to this ancient family myth. All her family can sense that he is dead. It’s all madness, of course. But the discovery of his body at his father-in-law’s funeral drags them all back into the island’s darkest secrets. Her best friend has gone AWOL with the handsome undertaker and her sister is proving to be an unwanted distraction for the dishy police inspector. Things move fast on Wesberrey, and it’s enough to make Jess dizzy or is that the result of reconnecting with her pagan past?

Buy Mausoleum Madness on Amazon today to explore the often quirky and sometimes seedy secrets of the Isle of Wesberrey!

Hover over the books to flip over the cover and then click on ‘Read More’ to read all about each novel.

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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Book 6 coming soon!

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Book 6 coming soon!


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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.

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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!

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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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