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  • Location: London (Barnes)

Every Trick in the Book

Every Trick in the Book

Why a Booktrail?

2024: An author is found dead after a literary festival

  • ISBN: 978-1739471606
  • Genre: Crime

What you need to know before your trail

DI Garibaldi and his team are shocked to discover that a writer has been killed in exactly the same place, and in exactly the same way, as the victim in his novel ‘Schooled in Murder’.

When they look at the novel they see more connections with real life. Ben Joseph is the pseudonym of Liam Allerton who, like the victim in his novel, is a retired teacher. And he taught at St Mark’s, a school very similar to St Jude’s, the school in his novel.

But is that where the similarities end? How much of Allerton’s own life, and the lives of those he knew, had he put into his novel? And could the clue to the killer’s identity lie in its pages

Travel Guide

Barnes, London

‘When the body of Alex Ballantyne is found in Barnes Pond the police are baffled. Who could want to kill the newly retired teacher? Investigations bring them to St Jude’s, the prestigious private school where Ballantyne taught, and to the discovery that Ballantyne had been blackmailing several of his colleagues. Sex. Money. Drugs. It seems that Ballantyne knew all about his victims’ secrets, and they were prepared to pay to buy his silence. Is one of the St Jude’s staff the killer? And, if so, which one? DI Moriarty’s on the case and he’s soon discovering that nothing is quite as it seems.’

So runs the blurb of ‘Schooled in Murder’, a crime novel written by Ben Joseph, who is found dead in Barnes Pond the morning after giving a talk as part of the Barnes Book Festival

BookTrail Boarding Pass: Every Trick in the Book

Destination: London (Barnes)  Author/guide: Bernard O’Keeffe   Departure Time: 2024

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