game of Scrabble in an English cottage garden ends with the death of one of the
two players. But is it just an accident?
a nearby game shoot the wife of a local luminary is killed with his shotgun. He
is arrested but is he the murderer? And are the two deaths connected?
and sergeants from the local police force, one of whom is suspected of
corruption, are soon hot on the trail . . . revealing a tangle of secrets
leading to the arrest of a jewel robbery criminal while a suspect is subtly
forced into betraying himself.
FOR MURDER is an auspicious beginning to the Shefford series of crime novels.
Forthcoming in the Shefford series of crime novels:
GENERATION OF VIPERS
SHEFFORD TAKES LEAVE
DEATH IN ARCADIA
classes in shorthand and typing, music appreciation and creative writing provided
the foundation for Sheila Rainey to become orchestral secretary with the
Philharmonia Orchestra, attending rehearsals, concerts, recordings and trips
abroad followed by temporary employment with the English Chamber Orchestra.
both broaden and deepen her education Sheila took a three year course as mature
student at Bristol University, reading English, history and philosophy, and was
awarded a BA in 1970. In Bristol she was employed by the BBC as secretary
to their training orchestra for young musicians, the Academy of the BBC, and
then transferred to London to work with BBC Music Publications, commissioning
programme notes for concerts, editing and proof reading as well as compiling
short biographies of artists appearing in concerts.
too close an encounter with a car left her with severe leg injuries, unable to
work for several months subsequently gaining employment as receptionist at the
Gilbert White Museum in Selborne. During the winter months she catalogued the
museum’s archives, among them the Holt White documents which included the
letters of Gilbert White’s niece Mary White to her younger brother Thomas Holt
White, who by the end of the 18th century became known as a
Shakespeare scholar. Obtaining a grant she compiled the Mary White letters into
a thesis and was awarded a Master of Philosophy degree in 1990.
Moving to Eastbury,
near Lamborn, Sheila worked freelance for a Newbury publisher, Countryside
Books, editing, proof reading and providing indexes. Diminishing eyesight
lifelong bookaholic, words have always meant as much to Sheila as
music. Her passion for writing inspires her to continue for her
own pleasure completing seven detective novels featuring the same
characters and one historical novel, INNOCENTS IN LONDON, inspired by
Mary White’s mention of a small climbing boy. In the last few months
she has written a companion piece to Alice in Wonderland.
ALEC’S MISADVENTURES IN BLUNDERLAND is Wonderland seen through the eyes
of a grumpy old man, his reactions to the characters very different to
those of innocent little Alice.