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The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox (Paperback)
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The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 08/08/2019
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WINNER OF THE RICHARD & JUDY SEARCH FOR A BESTSELLER COMPETITION The perfect read for fans of Sunday night drama. Foyle's War meets The Mitford Murders in this deliciously dark tale of wartime family secrets and lies in small town England. April 1941, Romsey, England. Josephine 'Jo' Fox hasn't set foot in Romsey in over twenty years. As an illegitimate child, her family - headed by her controlling grandfather - found her an embarrassment. Now, she wants to return to what was once her home and uncover the secret of her parentage. Who was her father and why would her mother never talk about him? Jo arrives the day after the Luftwaffe have bombed the town. The local pub, The Cricketers' Arms, has been completely destroyed and rescue teams are searching for the remains of the seven people known to have been in the pub at the time the bomb hit. They are shocked, however, to uncover eight bodies, not seven. The eighth, unidentified, body is that of a teenage girl, who no one in the town claims to know. Who is she, how did she get there, but most importantly - who killed her? Teaming up with local coroner and old friend, Bram Nash, Jo sets out to establish the identity of the girl and solve the riddle of her death. In doing so, she also uncovers her own personal mystery. Everyone has secrets - some are just more deadly than others . . .

Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
ISBN: 9781785769986
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 355 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm


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The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox was a complete delight. The story sings with authenticity and I found myself transported to 1940s Romsey from the very first page. 'Josy' is very much a woman ahead of her time and her voice brings heart, and often humour, to what is essentially a very dark mystery. Unputdownable * Caz Frear, bestselling author of Sweet Little Lies, the previous R&J winner *
Jo Fox, a very modern woman in wartime England. Getting to know her was a delight. More please, Claire Gradidge * Richard Madeley *
Feisty, determined and brave - I loved Josephine ('Jo') Fox. What a debut from a marvellous new author * Judy Finnigan *
A terrific debut novel, which captures brilliantly the atmosphere of wartime Britain * Ann Cleeves *
'The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox' signing

'The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox' signing

Winchester - The Brooks
Saturday 21st September 11:00 - 15:00

Author Claire Gradidge signs copies of her debut novel!

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Conversations in the Cafe

Conversations in the Cafe

Southampton - West Quay
Wednesday 23rd October 19:00

An evening with Claire Gradidge and Frances Liardet

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Linda Hepworth

“An easy read and a reasonably entertaining story.”

Josephine (Jo) Fox’s mother Nell was a young teenager when her daughter was born in 1901 and, being unmarried, after the birth she was banished in disgrace, from both the family and her hometown, by her father. At her... More

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