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Mortiforde is a small, quiet market town, located somewhere along the Welsh Borders. Miles from motorways and big cities, rural communities like Mortiforde learn how to look after themselves, because if something needs sorting it’s usually down to them to sort it. Including the odd murder or two. Or three.
Aldermaston is the Eighth Marquess of Mortiforde, a role he inherited unexpectedly upon the sudden death of both his parents in a road traffic accident, because that’s when the family discovered Aldermaston’s older brother Basildon (who had expected to inherit the title) was actually his half-brother. Despite being the younger brother, as the Seventh Marquess of Mortiforde’s first-born, he inherits the title, the Tugford Hall estate … and the joys of being the local Lord of Manor.
Aldermaston’s having a bad day. A falling hanging-basket has killed the town’s mayor, and a second narrowly missed him. His wife wants him to build her new greenhouse in three days, and some nutter is sending him death threats.
This isn’t the quiet life he expected as the new Marquess of Mortiforde.
It’s the annual Borders in Blossom competition, and Mortiforde is battling with Portley Ridge in the final. But this is no parochial flower competition. The mayor’s mishap looks like murder, and there’s another body in the river. Someone desperately wants Portley Ridge to win for the fifteenth successive year.
So when a mysterious group of guerrilla gardeners suddenly carpet bomb Mortiforde with a series of stunning floral delights one night, a chain reaction of floral retaliation ensues.
Can Aldermaston survive long enough to uncover who is trying to kill him, and why? And can he get his wife’s greenhouse built in time?
Foraging For Murder – Book 2 – More Details Coming Soon!
Cover to be revealed.
It’s the annual Mortiforde Food Festival, so the sudden disappearance of the town’s butchers on the opening morning is worrying. Then, when the ransom notes start arriving, Aldermaston knows there’s problem. But there are more problems on the way … who has stolen the 400-year-old Mortiforde Royal Recipe Collection and who killed the town’s Chief Conservation officer and the President of the Mortiforde Vegetarian Society?