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The Worcester Whisperers: Inspector Ravenscroft [Kindle Edition]

Kerry Tombs
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A few weeks before the outbreak of the infamous ‘Ripper’ murders in 1888 Detective Inspector Samuel Ravenscroft of the Whitechapel Constabulary is sent to the peaceful county town of Worcester to investigate the unexpected disappearance of the Cathedral librarian and the priceless medieval manuscript known as the Whisperie. Aided by his former colleague, Constable Tom Crabb, Ravenscroft soon encounters a dark world of murder, lies and deceit within the walls of the ancient cathedral, and gradually uncovers an unsolved mystery dating back nearly 40 years. Meanwhile in London, events are nearing a dramatic climax as the mysterious woman in black attempts to gain her revenge in the darkened alleyways of Whitechapel. It is not long before the two contrasting worlds of Worcester and Whitechapel become intertwined in unsettling and frightening ways……

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 452 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale (30 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087GK5NQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kerry Tombs is the author of the Victorian Ravenscroft Crime Novels.

Born in Smethwick near Birmingham in 1945, Kerry grew up in various country villages in north Worcestershire, attending five different primary schools and failing the eleven plus examination, before he began his 'real' education at Glenhyng, a small private school in Droitwich.
After training as a teacher at Worcester College of Education he embarked on a teaching career in both England and Australia. He later moved to Malvern where he became a local genealogist, lecturer and bookseller. In 2005 he 'retired' to central Brittany in France, before returning to the U.K. in 2010. He now lives in Ludlow in Shropshire.
He is married with one son, Samuel Tombs, who is an award wining economist with Capital Economics.

All the Victorian Ravenscroft Crime Novels are set in various locations in the Three Counties surrounding the Malvern Hills.

THE MALVERN MURDERS - was originally written in 2006, and has now been revised for the new 2012 edition. It tells the story of Inspector Samuel Ravenscroft of the Whitechapel Constabulary who is sent to Malvern in 1887 to undertake the water cure for his health, and who soon finds himself being asked to solve the murder of a local business man.
A discounted Amazon ebook download of this story will be available for everyone to read from June 2012.

THE WORCESTER WHISPERERS - published by Robert Hale in 2008, is set in 1888, the year of the infamous 'Ripper' murders in London, and continues Ravenscroft's story in Worcester, where he is sent to investigate the unexpected disappearance of the cathedral librarian and a priceless medieval manuscript.

THE LEDBURY LAMPLIGHTERS - published by Robert Hale in 2009,takes place over the Christmas/New Year celebrations in the small market town of Ledbury. Ravenscroft embarks on his most dangerous adventure yet, where the gradual unravelling of events threatens the very political and social stability of the country.

THE TEWKESBURY TOMB - published by Robert Hale in 2011, is set in the Gloucestershire market town of Tewkesbury in the year 1889. When six strangers meet together for the first time and enter the ancient abbey late at night to seek out the tomb of a medieval crusader knight, they encounter more than they expected - and Ravenscroft and his associate Crabb are faced with a difficult case to solve.

THE DROITWICH DECEIVERS - published by Robert Hale in June 2012, is the latest Ravenscroft story, and finds Ravenscroft and Crabb investigating the disappearance of a nine year old girl from a local churchyard. As their investigations proceed Ravenscroft encounters the dark world of Victorian child exploitation, where lies, deceit and murder are commonplace.

Kerry Tombs writes about places he has known all his life.
His latest work features Hill Court (now Dodderhill School), the same building that Kerry attended in the 1950's when it was Glenhyng School!

Kerry welcomes comments and reviews of his books, and can be contacted at the following e mail address -

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Rarely have I read such a good book. The plot is well-crafted and the action fast paced, but time is made by the author for character development, which can at times be quite poignant. There are many good characterisations along the way, with several entertaining passages of dialogue between Ravenscroft and the locals of Worcester. What also sets the book apart from many in its genre is how well-researched the novel is - I was surprised to realise, by the end, how the author had managed to interweave local history within the plot without it seeming like one long history lesson. The plot is high-powered, keeping the reader on tenterhooks.

I would seriously recommend this to others who have enjoyed similar works in this genre (The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, for example). I feel that this could be an overlooked classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worcester Whisperers 31 Oct. 2012
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Living in Worcester, this book was very entertaining as most of the places and areas are familiar to me.
Easy read, enjoyable for a lazy day by a pool or beach.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 22 Jan. 2014
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A well written, straight forward detective novel. Enjoyment was enhanced because I know Worcester very well - the locations are very familiar
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must to read 20 May 2013
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really good book get the collection you will be hooked i have read whole collection and they left you guessing all the way through
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story again from this author 23 April 2015
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Excellent story again from this author. Recognised many places mentioned in the story which seem to make it a more personal story. Surprised at murdered didn't expect that. Now going to read Ledbury Lamplighters and hopefully enjoy just as much.
Excellent read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 3 Oct. 2014
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Once again another brilliant book by this author. I will say the books in the series need to be read in order with this bring the first. You must read them I love the inspector and wish they would make them into films.
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