It is 1940, and the world is at war. Britain is evacuating its children, to keep them 'out of harm's way' and Ted Johns, son of the groundskeeper at the manor house in Goonzoyle finds himself in steerage aboard the evacuees' ship, SS City of Benares. In the first class cabins is the heir to Goonzoyle, Jonathan Hicks, but when the ship is torpedoed by the Germans, the boys find themselves thrown together, clinging to the wreckage of a life raft. Many lives are lost that night, but one of the boys survives and begins a new life in California, returning to Cornwall after the death of his father, in 1951. 2003, Truro, Cornwall. Jessica Mann is researching her new book "Out of Harm's Way", the story of the children evacuated from Britain during WWII. In response to her request for information about survivors of the Benares disaster, she is contacted by Connie, Ted Johns' sister. As Jessica digs deeper into the story Connie reveals, she realises that the events of that fateful night in 1940 are haunting the present, and when two sets of human bones are found in the grounds of Goonzoyle the past and present collide.
Utterly compelling and cleverly constructed, "The Mystery Writer" is a tantalising read that both haunts and intrigues.
JESSICA MANN was an acclaimed author, journalist and broadcaster who appeared on various radio and television programmes including Question Time. She was on the board of South West Arts, a committee member of the English centre of PEN and the Honorary Secretary of The Detection Club. Jessica sadly passed away in July 2018.