From the 'Borough Boys' series
Jack Ketch's Puppets
‘Perhaps there has been a little - Jiggery Pokery?’
This was the first thought that crossed the mind of experienced Constable John Beddows, when he and his rookie, Constable Samson Shepherd, first set eyes on the body of a young boy in the local river.
Had the Constables known then, that this was to be only a mere glimpse of what they and their colleagues would shortly have to face up to, they may have thought again, and shuddered!
Rumour; folklore; legend; what place in these events? Flesh and blood was more likely to be the key to this one, in every sense!
This is 1850 in Leicester, England, where the rich are getting richer and the poor are to all intent and purpose, disposable!
Do Shepherd and his mentor Beddows, together with their colleagues ‘The Borough Boys’, have the skills and resolve to cut out the heart of this depravity?
Death lurks in Cock Muck Hill
‘Rats is vermin, they need to be destroyed - and their fleas too!’
The Rookeries, Leicester, 1851.
The Irish dominance of recent years has crumbled following the hanging of the depraved Dubh O’Donnell and his henchman.
For Head Constable Robert Charters and his fifty Constables and Sergeants of the Leicester Borough Police, the power struggle for a new ‘top dog’ within the overcrowded, narrow and fetid streets and alleyways has placed them in daily conflict with the ever increasing number of gangs.
This is particularly so of the incomers, fresh up from the Rookeries of St Giles, London and their former lair, the Rats’ Castle.
Open warfare on the streets of Victorian Leicester?
Who can bring the struggle to an end and by what means?
This is the second book in the series and a further chance to meet Samson Shepherd, John Beddows, Tanky Smith, Black Tommy Haynes and their colleagues in ‘The Borough Boys’.
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A Christmas tale from The Borough Boys...
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Other Publications by this author
'Leicestershire Myth & Legend - in verse'
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First review; Leicestershire Myth & Legend...
'I thought it was a glorious book of dark and mysterious tales, some of which I had never heard before. A great book to be read to older children around the campfire, just scary enough without being too menacing but with that added historical flavour. Each poem brought the myth alive and captured the imagination. I loved the story of Bel the Giant and the resultant place names – what a caper and how great to have our own Highwayman. A must read for County dwellers.
J.E. James 4/4/2013.
'Policing Paranormal Leicestershire'
A collection of the author's own experiences of haunting and paranormal events, whilst serving as a Police Officer in Leicestershire...together with a few choice ghost stories thrown in for good measure!
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Currently a work in progress