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British Mystery Book Rec

An unfortunate accident, a mystery woman, and loads of cash


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A bit shorter than my usual recommendations, After Jessica is a mystery novella by Morgen Bailey. This ebook is the perfect quick fix for anyone who loves British English and slang.

The novella quickly rotates through a cast of characters whose fates become increasingly intertwined as the story progresses. However, the main character in this story is Jessica’s brother, Simon. After Jessica dies, we follow Simon through the grieving process as he sorts through post-mortem necessities like dealing with the police, contacting loved ones, and making funeral arrangements. But when he starts cleaning out her home, he discovers evidence of another woman, named Alexis. Unfortunately, the mystery woman is nowhere to be found.

Who is Alexis, and why are Veronica and Daniel searching for her? Why is there a roll of cash in Jessica’s house, and what’s the connection between his sister and Alexis?

~Excerpt from official Amazon book blurb

Though to the discerned mystery lover, some parts of the novella may seem a bit predictable, there is an impactful twist ending that begs a sequel. Bailey’s prose utilizes quick pacing and fine detail. This is a lovely little read for an idle afternoon.

More by Morgen Bailey

Goodreads: Many more books

Website: MorgEn Bailey (The first E is capitalized on purpose.)

Twitter: @morgenwriteruk

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Ditrie Marie Bowie


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Photograph of Ditrie Marie BowieDitrie Marie Bowie (née Sanchez) is a Puerto Rican in British Columbia, Canada who writes fiction. She is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and co-editor of Strange Stories to Tell in the Park. Bowie is also the creator of the webcomic, This Writer Can’t Draw. A classically trained pianist and former educator, she has lived in three different countries spanning two continents. And she met her spouse in a video game.


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