A Bloody Hot Summer

Sizzling Murder Mystery Set In Roaring 1920s England

A Detective Dermot Carlyle Mystery

Genre (for adults and young adults): Murder Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Historical Fiction

 #1 Best Seller on Amazon in two categories – Crime Action Fiction and Contemporary British Fiction, respectively. Over 22,000 copies sold
Formats: Book – Paperback & Hardcover, Kindle and Audiobook

An audiobook since April 14, 2021

Bloody murders during a hot summer unearth an English aristocratic family’s SHOCKING CRIMES in the colonies


A Bloody Hot Summer (Murder mystery, Crime & Historical Fiction)
A Bloody Hot Summer (Murder mystery, Crime & Historical Fiction)

It’s 1927 and Great Britain is sweltering in an unprecedented heatwave. On the morning after her eightieth birthday party, Lady Fitzhugh is discovered bound and butchered in her bed, with her family and staff the prime suspects…

Whilst holidaying at nearby Meadowford Village, Detective Dermot Carlyle is asked to help investigate the brutal murder. The clues all point to a robbery gone wrong, but Dermot suspects that there is more to the horrific crime.

The Fitzhughs’ secrets take Dermot along a path linking some of the biggest events of the British Colonial Empire – from India to Africa, to the dark days of the Great War itself.

As more murders take place, Dermot is racing against time to discover the killer’s identity. What are the family hiding, why did Lady Fitzhugh have to die, and what horror was committed in the colonies that led to this trail of death and deceit?


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AWARDS for A Bloody Hot Summer


Reader Ready Award A Bloody Hot Summer (Murder Mystery, Crime and Historical Fiction)




The Coffee Pot Book Club 5 Star - A Bloody Hot Summer (Murder Mystery, Crime & Historical Fiction)


Readers' Favorite Five Stars - A Bloody Hot Summer (Murder Mystery, Crime)









REVIEWS for A Bloody Hot Summer

Editorial Reviews

Sublime Book Review
Sublime Line: “A Bloody Hot Summer is a fantastic visit home to the style and genre that made mysteries ever so intriguing.”


Wishing Shelf Book Awards
To Sum Up: “A cleverly plotted murder mystery populated with complex characters. Very enjoyable.”


Author Reviews

“A Real Page Turner Full of Suspense”

Celia Sandys – Author and TV Presenter of Chasing Churchill (Grand Daughter of Sir Winston Churchill)


“A modern interpretation of a golden age detective novel, in the spirit of Agatha Christie and other writers of crime of the interwar period. A very satisfying homage.”

Paul C.W. Beatty is the award-winning author of Children of Fire and member of the Crime Writers’ Association.


Other Reviews

Montreal Times (Note: Please scroll down to page 20 to read the review by Mr. Stuart Nulman, columnist at the Montreal Times. Although, the cover of Fateful Decisions was accidently put there, the review is for A Bloody Hot Summer.)

Coffee Pot Book Club Book Award – Mary Anne Yarde from the Coffee Pot Book Club

Readers’ Favorite – Five Star Review.


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