The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox

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The perfect read for fans of Sunday night drama. Foyle’s War meets The Mitford Murders in this deliciously dark tale of wartime family secrets and lies in small town England.

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, The Cricketers’ Arms, 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, not seven. 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 . . .

Critics Review

  • 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. Unputdownable

    Caz Frear, bestselling author of Sweet Little Lies, the previous R&J winner
  • Jo Fox, a very modern woman in wartime England. Getting to know her was a delight. More please, Claire Gradidge

    Richard Madeley
  • Feisty, determined, and brave – I loved Josephine (‘Jo’) Fox. What a debut from a marvellous new author

    Judy Finnigan
  • A terrific debut novel, which captures brilliantly the atmosphere of wartime Britain

    Ann Cleeves

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