From the Author
Following the success of my first novel, THE MALVERN MURDERS, I have been encouraged to write THE WORCESTER WHISPERERS - A VICTORIAN CRIME STORY, which reunites Detective Inspector Samuel Ravenscroft with his former colleague Tom Crabb.
Having known Worcester for over half a century, I have attempted to use many of the locations that would have been familiar to its Victorian inhabitants - the Cardinal's Hat, The Old Diglis Inn, Foregate Street Railway Station etc - and above all the Cathedral which stands dominant over the town and river. Ravenscroft's investigations also take him further afield to the riverside towns of Upton-on-Severn and Bewdley, to the towns of Ledbury and Hay-on-Wye, before the mystery is solved.
Many people have asked me about the 'Whisperers' - who they are, and what is their relevance to the story? The word has a double reference - when King John died in 1216 and was buried in Worcester Cathedral, there were many rumours and whispers concerning his untimely demise, many of which were written down by one of the cathedral monks in a work known as the 'Whisperie'. When this precious book is stolen,Ravenscroft is called upon to solve the crime. Upon his arrival in Worcester, his investigations take him deep into the heart of the cathedral where he listens to the whispers of its inhabitants and its neighbours.
If you like your crime story to have plenty of twists and turns, suspense and drama, and set against a Victorian backdrop, then I am sure you will enjoy reading THE WORCESTER WHISPERERS.
About the Author
Kerry Tombs was born in Smethwick, near Birmingham. After a career in teaching in both England and Australia, he moved to Malvern in 1982, where he became a local genealogist, lecturer and bookseller. His first book - The Malvern Murders was published in 2006. He now lives in Brittany in northern France.