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About Jacqueline Jacques
My working life as a primary school teacher - mainstream and special needs - came to an end when the itch to write could no longer be denied. Since then I have had eight novels published and am working on another. In between, I write short stories and poems, participate in U3A activities as far as Covid-19 and government restrictions allow. I enjoy painting and making 'crafty' things, gardening, cooking, walking, reading, playing Scrabble and would love to travel if it were possible. I miss socialising and visiting galleries, theatre and concert halls and am doing my best to 'keep up' virtually in this horrible time. I am married to Peter and feel blessed to have a wonderfully loving and supportive family.
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Sequel to The Colours of Corruption and The Illusion of Innocence.
The river Lea, 1902: Archie and his police sergeant pal Frank Tyrell must investigate the disappearance of teenager Lilian and the discovery of a corpse in the River Lea – Eleanor 'Nell' Redfern.
Did her father’s ambitious plans to marry her to a rail magnate force her to run away to her watery doom? And Lilian Steggles, a star swimmer with her eye on the 1908 Olympics – why did she disappear from home and where is she now?
Archie uses his artistic skills to identify Nell and track down her story. It leads him deep into the world of music hall, spiritualism, ventriloquism and the corruption beneath it, until a terrible secret is revealed.
Archie Price, painter and police artist, blessed with a photographic memory, is travelling to Chelmsford to testify in a murder trial.
The accused, Freddie Porter, is under police escort in the guard's van.
Freddie's sister, Polly, is desperately trying to escape her brother's gang before they realise what she's done, unaware he's on the same train.
When the locomotive is derailed, Archie and Polly are injured, and put up by the same local family while they recover.
Where is Freddie?
Polly is so terrified she is driven to desperate measures and Archie finds himself being drawn into her nightmare...
Lucy Potter loves her mother, but she hates the fact that Nora is a medium. A down-to-earth girl, Lucy is exasperated by Nora's regular chatty conversations with dead relatives so, eager to get away from home, she joins the Women's Land Army.
But work on the isolated East Anglian farm proves gruelling; the locals are hostile, and Lucy's problems follow her- first her caddish ex-fiance turns up to haunt her every step, then Nora appears on a spiritualist tour and becomes the toast of the country.
Then Lucy meets Joe from the nearby RAF camp. At first he seems to be her polar opposite. But love liberates Lucy from her prejudices the way nothing else could and she begins to suspect she shares more of Nora's qualities than she bargained for . . .
Susan Dalton is from a respectable chapel-going Geordie family. Jack Potter is a cockney-sparrow whose mother and sister are famous mediums. For this unlikely couple, thrown together in Newcastle by World War II, their love will not only be a struggle against class and religious prejudice, but also with the practicalities and compromises of everyday life.
But at least Susan's Jack is down-to-earth and straight-as-a-die. Thank Heavens there's none of this spiritualist nonsense about her Jack . . .
Born on the last days of the Blitz, life has not been easy for Dorrie Potter.
Her parents' marriage is not a happy one. Flo, her mother, wishes she had taken a chance on her unreliable childhood sweetheart, Frank, instead of allowing herself to be bowled over by the good looks and sailor's uniform of Arthur Potter.
For Arthur, though a good man, is blind where his wife and family are concerned. Dorre's lazy eye and flights of fancy mark her out as different to the other children, and Arthur is determined to ensure that she fits in. For Dorrie's own sake she must be brought into line- and kept away from her eccentric grandmother, Nora.
But Nora Potter knows that what marks Dorrie out as different isn't her lazy eye, but what it enables her to see...
First in the Archie Price Mystery Series.
"Are you serious, Archie Price? Did you say I didn’t go with the painting?"
Mary, a desperately poor cleaner, is a witness to murder. Archie, one of the first artists to work for the police, draws the man she says she saw. Fascinated by her ‘face full of bones’ Archie persuades her to sit for a portrait, but the man who buys the picture would rather buy Mary herself. He doesn't realise the jeopardy his art has placed them in.
Archie has no idea how this one woman links his wealthiest clients, the grimmest slums, dangerous secrets, and a violent obsessive man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
As her gripping thriller uncoils, Jacqueline Jacques paints an intricate, vibrant picture of the myriad layers of Victorian London, where the poor are commodities, criminals have nothing to lose and the rich can buy almost anything.
This was the ninth of the eighth eighty-nine, marked on her calendar with a red L for Lottie. She had remembered before breakfast and forgotten in the happiness of the day. But, of course, Lottie wouldn't stand for that. Lottie would see to it that she paid. Dearly.
Not a stroke this time, not madness or disfiguration. Disgrace this time. Public disgrace."
What is this dreadful thing they have conjured up? They call it ‘Lottie’ for the allotment where their stupid blood-pact brought it into being, but real or imagined, there’s no denying the malignancy that has dogged them from adolescence through to late middle-age.
This debut novel follows six friends from the days of beatniks and teddy-boys in fifties’ Walthamstow through disaster and reconciliation to a powerful resolution in London on the eve of the new millennium.
When the story begins some of these brains have already been transplanted into modern donor bodies. TV researcher Clare is given the job of befriending the star success story – Max, a 1930s socialist hero thrown into the 21st century. This is her big break. However, the closer she gets to him the more apparent it is that Max has his own agenda, one that could kill her.