Wendy Percival

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author of the Esme Quentin mysteries

If you're Devon based,  you can buy the Esme books at:

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Death of a Cuckoo is out in PAPERBACK on 6th October 2017


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Gina Vincent is horrified to discover that everything she’s ever known is based on a lie.

Shocked and disorientated, she engages genealogy detective Esme Quentin to help her search for answers...




OUT 13th October!

Esme Quentin is reminded of a painful past when Max Rainsford, a journalist colleague of her late husband Tim, turns up unannounced, asking about a story on which Tim reported 35 years ago – the murder of an old soldier. Esme, wary of Max's motives, declines to get involved.


Meanwhile, Esme’s friend Ruth, prompted by WW2 anniversaries, wants to solve the mystery of  Vivienne, her mother Bea's sister, a wartime nurse who never came home.


Despite Bea’s disapproval, Ruth is convinced the truth will finally help Bea come to terms with her loss and asks Esme to investigate.


Esme unpicks the threads of Vivienne's past and stumbles upon a disturbing connection, linking the old soldier’s murder to her own distressing past and her late husband's fate.


As events unravel, Esme realises that to uncover the secrets behind Vivienne’s story, she must also confront the terrifying truth behind her own.

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A letter. A photograph. A devastating truth.