Monday, 29 August 2016
Peter and his friends grew up in rural Hampshire directly in the years that were just after the Second World War.
Their lifestyle was a pretty idyllic one, they had carte blanche, in effect, to roam around the villages and countryside of their part of Hampshire with nary a care in the world.
It seems that in those blissful days there was always something to see and something to do and always an adventure or two just beckoning them on.
Jimmy the Saint, a local artist in their particular favourite and something of a hero to them all.
As well as being an artist Jimmy is also a fount of all knowledge of the folklore of the village and of the amazing characters who occupied it down through the years.
There was Chirper Edwards, a not especially good town-crier, Freddy the Fop and No-Good Naughton, Stoytan the Jutish warrior, Morgana the pagan goddess and also the less than favourable ancestors of the current Squire.
But was everything right? What if things were not as it seemed?
By chance, four decades later, Peter stumbles on information that changes all that he new about Jimmy the Saint, and Peter and his wife Helen find themselves attempting to find the truth of the circumstances that surrounded the sudden and apparently mysterious disappearance of Jimmy all those years ago.
They find evidence of murder and of madness of insanity, espionage and betrayal and it seems that his hero was centre-stage throughout all of these incidents.
And what role had the mysterious wealthy American played in this tangled web?
It's an interesting novel as it reflects very well the zeitgeist of the years post war up to the present day with new religions and cults springing up almost daily, or so it seemed.
To book is published by Matador at £8.99 and it's available via That's Books.