In The Beginning, There Was a Murder: An Amateur Female Sleuth Historical Cozy Mystery (Bargain Read)

A secret liaison. A violent murder. Can one woman solve the crime without joining the body count?

Northern England, 1953. Pauline Riddell has grand ambitions for her future at the armament factory. So, when her closest workmate reveals a salacious affair with a married man, Pauline refuses to risk her career by listening to the scandal. But she’s shaken to her core when the police arrive with news of her best friend’s homicide.

Desperate for justice, Pauline’s insistent poking into the investigation only makes her the prime suspect. And now to clear her name, she must unravel a web of deadly clues entangling her in a sinister plot. 

Can Pauline catch the killer before they strike again?

In The Beginning, There Was a Murder is a riveting mystery novel. If you like whip-smart heroines, intriguing twists and turns, and nail-biting danger, then you’ll love P.C. James’s sensational story.

Buy In The Beginning, There Was a Murder to crack the case today!


Meet P.C. James

Paul James is an engineer with a life-long interest in books and writing. Originally from England, he’s lived with his family near Toronto, Canada, for many years and where he walks, runs and takes wildlife photos whenever the weather will let him. In his writing, he likes to capture the humorous side of life even when sometimes the world doesn’t seem to warrant it

Pieces & Stems

Lena Marshall’s history of abuse and abject poverty made her a likely person to become a highly regarded elementary school teacher, nurturing the eager minds of the young. Unable to gain protective care for an abused seven-year-old student, Lena kidnaps the tormented child, unaware the child has developed a multiple personality. Ten years later when Lena is stricken with a fatal illness, she leaves behind a diary to provide clues to help the child. The dead woman’s diary reveals a portrait of America that will keep you riveted to your seat.


Meet Jan Elton

It sounded like the raggamuffin looked like a ball of dirt. She shrank away every time the social worker tried to approach her. A life of terror had made her become unresponsive. The social worker wanted to avoid the proposed electric shock treatment. This is what I heard the social worker say on a Saturday television show. He described the need for funding mental health care for children. I didn’t know the proposed treatment was used on children, and I heard that adults who had it were often permanently damaged. I became obsessed with concern for this child. I wrote several leading magazines asking them to have more articles about abused children and the need for psychiatric care and funding. I never got a response. One year passed and every day I worried (obsessed) about this child and I daydreamed that I had saved her and made her healthy. I then decided that I could create more understanding of her predicament if I brought her to life and told her story. So, sit down, have a cup of coffee and meet “Catherine.”

Shield Maiden

Every time a shot rings out a Valkyrie earns her wings. Mila is earning hers the hard way hunting down the monsters that have taken her sister.

It was supposed to be a simple scouting mission.

But the trail is leading her to an unexpected discovery. What if the things that go bump in the night start to slither out into the light?

An ancient horror, full of malice and nightmares, is coming to the Idaho Wilderness.?

She should probably run, but Valkyries don’t back down from a fight, no matter the risk.

Besides, there are lives at stake, and it’s a Valkyries job to choose the dead. The Dwarf King would be proud.

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