Dead Before Morning by Geraldine Evans
(#1 in the Rafferty and Llewellyn police procedural series)

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Dead Before Morning

#1 of 15 in the Rafferty & Llewellyn British Detective Series

A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER...

For readers who like cozy mysteries, humorous mysteries and police procedurals.

With his superstitious Irish nature, British Detective Joe Rafferty shouldn't be surprised that his first murder case as a newly-promoted Essex detective is a tough one. But the murder victim, whom the media has dubbed 'The Faceless Lady', has no ID and has been bludgeoned beyond recognition. She also supposedly had no access to the secure psychiatric facility where her dead body is found. The news media has seized on the case, placing Rafferty in an unwelcome spotlight. His boss, with whom he shares a mutual loathing, would love to see him fail.

And that's not his only little difficulty. Because Detective Rafferty is cursed by a malign fate and with a large family who believe obeying the Law of the Land is optional, Rafferty capitulates to his ma's demand that he does whatever it takes to get his crooked distant cousin out of the pokey in time for his marriage to ma's niece. Successfully accomplishing this sticky manoeuvre is sure to be challenging, but keeping it downwind of his morally stiff new partner might be a demand too far.

If Rafferty can't spring his cousin in time, his ma's liable to commit murder--his. And if the Faceless Lady's case remains unsolved, the Superintendent will black-mark his record so indelibly that his career as a detective will never recover. If he still has a career left to ruin.

The first book in the quirky, not quite so Traditional British mystery series.  Interview with the author of the Rafferty & Llewellyn Series

Q: What's different about the Rafferty & Llewellyn

A: It's fun! I suppose you could say the series is a mix of cozy and police
procedural. I wanted to create mysteries that have murder at their core, but at the same time have funny sub-plots. And when you consider that my Detective, Joe Rafferty comes from a large Irish-Catholic clan who think - if they must have a copper in the family - he might at least have the decency to be a bent one, there's plenty of scope. I wrote the books I wanted to read, but could rarely find.

Q: Should the books be read in any particular order?
A: While the books can be read in any order, I think the reader would find more
enjoyment reading them as they were written, as Rafferty's life, like yours and
mine, has a variety of events happening in it and they sometimes impinge on his

 Q: Why should readers give these books a try?
A: If you like a puzzle, but also like to laugh, I think you'll enjoy the ride. They're more slow and easy than fast-paced, with plenty of hiccups for Joe Rafferty along the way. Rafferty's 'plate of life' is filled with angst pies rather than nectar. Even better - if you find you enjoy reading the series as much as I enjoy writing them, you might be pleased to learn that, so far, there are 15 books in the series. Joseph Aloysius Rafferty is Everyman, not Superman, and all too human.

 Q: Is the whole series available in digital format?

A: Yes. Why not try the first? It's FREE (all retailers). plus, there's a bundle of the first four in the series (Dead Before Morning, Down Among the Dead Men, Death Line and The
Hanging Tree) at a special price by way of an introduction. Sign up for my irregular Newsletter: for all my news.

 And thanks for reading!

Rafferty & Llewellyn series 
Dead Before Morning #1
Down Among the Dead Men #2
Death Line #
The Hanging Tree #4
Absolute Poison #5
Dying For You #6
Bad Blood #7
Love Lies Bleeding #8
Blood on the Bones #9
A Thrust to the Vitals #10 n
Death Dues #11
All the Lonely People #12
Death Dance #13
Deadly Reunion #14
Kith and Kill #15

About Geraldine Evans

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Evans has had a variety of jobs and spent several years helping to run a vehicle-repair workshop. There she tackled tax returns, the intricacies of which she believes were an excellent apprenticeship for the brain-teasing work necessary in writing a whodunnit.
Published December 8, 2010 by Geraldine Evans. 224 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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 The debut of marriage-phobic Detective Inspector Joseph Rafferty and his well-educated, lonely subordinate, Sergeant Llewellyn, who are called to the grounds of a posh private psychiatric hospital to survey the naked body of a young woman with her face bashed in.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Dead Before Morning (#1 in th...

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In this lively crime-fiction debut, British author Evans introduces a fresh ``odd couple'' team of sleuths. Rough-edged, blustery and emotional Det. Insp. Rafferty comes from a large, demanding and se

Mar 29 1993 | Read Full Review of Dead Before Morning (#1 in th...

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