Posts Tagged ‘The Woman of Gratz’

Maria of Gratz[3c]It’s Mother’s Day, a.k.a. Mothering Sunday, in the UK this weekend. In honour of this day — and as a mother — I’m making two of my ‘Just Woman’ books free for the weekend.

Find them at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XDXBB53

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After some problems following Amazon’s Cloud failure earlier this week, I’ve uploaded books 2 and 3 of ‘The Just Woman’ series to Amazon Kindle: these are the sequels to The Flat in Doughty Court. With echoes of the golden age of crime and thriller fiction, they don’t set out to be great literature. I wrote them as a fun read for myself, friends and family, and hope that other readers will enjoy them too.

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Maria of Gratz[3c]While we’re on the subject of my parodies of Edgar Wallace thrillers: I’m now revising the third in the series, hoping that my Amazon Kindle account will be repaired soon so that I can upload it. (The Amazon Kindle people are looking at it for me to work out why book two in the series won’t upload — it’s side-loaded on to Kindle readers but won’t upload on to KDP.) The third story in the series gets into some real history rather than the vaguely early 1920s background of The Flat at Doughty Court and The Girl from Heavytree Farm. Here’s the blurb:

Terrorism, violence, starvation and war threaten the world. Oppressive governments are springing up around the globe, led by unscrupulous men bent on world domination. On the streets of Britain men and women go about their lives in fear: of unemployment, poverty, terrorism and war. It seems that just a small spark of protest could set off a powder-keg of revolution.

It could be today: but it’s 1924.

Maria of Gratz, former leader of the Anarchist group the Red Hundred, has returned to London. It is now sixteen years since Maria and her Red Army brought terror to Britain, and only the Four Just Men were able to stop her. In revenge, Maria betrayed George Manfred, the Just Men’s leader – and fell in love with him.

George sent Maria away to seek a new life – but now she’s back, fleeing from the forces of law and order and her fellow terrorists. George seems to trust her, but his two colleagues Raymond Poiccart and Leon Gonsalez do not — and neither does Leon’s young wife Mirabelle Leicester. With the British economy in crisis and the General Strike just over the horizon, Maria’s rabble-rousing skills look set to stir up revolution in the streets and disaster for the country. Can Raymond, Leon and Mirabelle stop Maria from destroying Britain, and their leader George?

The story ends with the famous Zinoviev letter, which was published four days before the British General Election in October 1924 and arguably led to the defeat of the Labour Government (Wikipedia gives a summary of it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zinoviev_letter ) But the letter was a forgery — so who forged it? And why? Along with car chases, intrigue and shoot-outs, The Woman of Gratz presents an explanation to this historical mystery.

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