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The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox

(2019)
(The first book in the Josephine Fox series)
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The perfect read for fans of Sunday night drama. Agatha Christie meets The Mitford Murders in this deliciously dark golden age mystery of wartime family secrets and lies in small town England.

WINNER OF THE RICHARD & JUDY SEARCH FOR A BESTSELLER COMPETITION

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 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 instead. 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 . . .


Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"A terrific debut novel, which captures brilliantly the atmosphere of wartime Britain." - Ann Cleeves

"Feisty, determined and brave - I loved Josephine ('Jo') Fox. What a debut from a marvellous new author." - Judy Finnigan

"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." - Caz Frear

"Jo Fox, a very modern woman in wartime England. Getting to know her was a delight. More please, Claire Gradidge." - Richard Madeley


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August 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox: Winner of the Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition (Josephine Fox Mysteries)
Author(s): Claire Gradidge
ISBN: 1-78576-998-7 / 978-1-78576-998-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Zaffre
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January 2019 : Paperback
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Title: The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox Winner of the Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition Paperback 8 Aug 2019
Author(s): Claire Gradidge
Publisher: Generic
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August 2019 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox: Winner of the Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition
Author(s): Claire Gradidge
ISBN: 1-83877-101-8 / 978-1-83877-101-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Zaffre
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


August 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox
Author(s): Claire Gradidge
Publisher: Zaffre
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August 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox
Author(s): Claire Gradidge
Publisher: Zaffre
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August 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox
Author(s): Claire Gradidge
Publisher: Zaffre
Availability: Amazon UK   


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August 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox: Winner of the Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition (Josephine Fox Mysteries)
Author(s): Claire Gradidge
Publisher: Zaffre
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU