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The Automobile Assassination

(The second book in the Erdington Mysteries series)
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A 1940s mystery

Erdington, September 1944

As events in Europe begin to turn in favour of the Allies, Chief Inspector Mason of Erdington Police Station is once more prevailed upon to solve a seemingly impossible case.

Called to the local mortuary where a man’s body lies, shockingly bent double and lacking any form of identification, Mason and O’Rourke find themselves at Castle Bromwich aerodrome seeking answers that seem out of reach to them. The men and women of the royal air force stationed there are their prime suspects. Or are they? Was the man a spy, killed on the orders of some higher authority, or is the place his body was found irrelevant? And why do none of the men and women at the aerodrome recognise the dead man?

Mason, fearing a repeat of the cold case that dogged his career for two decades and that he’s only just solved, is determined to do all he can to uncover the identity of the dead man, and to find out why he was killed and abandoned in such a bizarre way, even as Smythe demands he spends his time solving the counterfeiting case that is leaving local shopkeepers out of pocket.

Join Mason and O’Rourke as they once more attempt to solve the impossible in 1940s Erdington.

Praise for The Custard Corpses

"Excellent plot, great story, had me gripped loved the ending and was left wanting more. The book title made me smile and I did wonder why such a title read the book & you will see why."

"Don't start this one before you go to bed, you'll be up all night wanting to read "just one more chapter." Great read not to be missed." Netgalley Reviewer

"I loved this unmissable book! It was impossible to walk away from. I literally caught myself holding my breath a few times. There are so many interesting bits I'm dying to mention but won't! All mystery readers definitely need to read this. I cannot possibly recommend it enough and am salivating at the mention of the next." Netgalley Reviewer

"This has a fabulous plot, is suspenseful, tense & totally unputdownable. Full of unexpected twists & turns, this was an absolute gem of a book & I'm so glad I was given the opportunity to read it before publication. I'm on the understanding that this is the authors first foray into writing a mystery, let's hope this isn't the last." Netgalley Reviewer

"MJ Porter created a masterful plot full of suspense and twists that kept me up reading late into the night." Netgalley Reviewer

Praise for The Automobile Assassination

"MJ has yet again created a wonderful masterful plot which is full of suspenseful twists that kept me enthralled and reading." Advance Reader Review

"An entertaining and well-written historical mystery with its cast of likeable and varied characters. A good addition to this series, which can easily be read as a standalone story." Netgalley Reviewer

Meet the Author

M J Porter writes historical fiction set before 1066. Usually. This is M J's second foray into the historical mystery genre and the twentieth century. M J writes A LOT, you've been warned.

Find MJ @coloursofunison or at or at where M J blog's about books and films and sometimes, writing!

Genre: Historical Mystery

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