has been AWARDED
Chill with a Book READERS’ Award
"Parsons and tyrants friends take note. We have born your oppreshuns long enough. We will have our parish rights or else Bloodie Bones will drink your blood."
When Lord Oldfield encloses Barcombe Wood, depriving the people of their ancient rights to gather food and fuel, the villagers retaliate with vandalism, arson and riot. Then Lord Oldfield’s gamekeeper, Josh Castle, is murdered during a poaching raid. Dan Foster, Bow Street Runner and amateur pugilist, is sent to investigate.
Dan’s job is to infiltrate the poaching gang and bring the killers to justice. But there’s more to Castle’s death than at first sight appears. What is the secret of the gamekeeper’s past and does it have any connection with his murder? What is Lord Oldfield concealing? And did someone beside the poachers have a reason to want Josh Castle dead?
As tensions in Barcombe build to a thrilling climax, Dan will need all his wits and his fighting skills to stay alive and get to the truth.
"A gripping historical thriller – I’m longing for a sequel already!"
– Debbie Young, writer and journalist
'Bloodie Bones' was joint winner of the HNS Indie Award 2016, and a semi finalist in the M M Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction 2016.
"'Bloodie Bones' is a terrific novel and was very difficult to put down. It is amazingly well written, with a smooth expert hand and faultless flow...The main characters are engaging and believable...It had a thriller feel that kept me turning the pages...I loved this book, highly recommend it and eagerly await the second Dan Foster novel." Historical Novel Society
'Bloodie Bones' has been awarded a place on the Awesome Indies list of quality independent fiction.
"Lucienne is a masterful storyteller, skillfully weaving history, culture and the social customs of the period into the story in a natural manner...The characters were magnificently portrayed. Dan Foster, the protagonist, is totally captivating..." Awesome Indies
"There's something rather special about the combination of good historical fiction and complex crime, and in this, the first book in the Dan Foster mysteries, we are introduced to a talented protagonist, who has his foot firmly placed in the reality of eighteenth century life, and yet he attacks crime enquiry with all the gung-ho of a seasoned crime scene investigator...the many twists and turns in the plot adds realistic depth to the story and keep you turning the pages in order to find out what happens next...Weaving together history and mystery with great flair and fine attention to detail make this a most enjoyable historical crime story.” Jaffa Reads Too
Bloodie Bones was read and evaluated by Chill's readers against a five point criteria
1. Were the characters strong and engaging?
2. Was the book well written?
3. Did the plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
4. Was the ending satisfying?
5. Would you tell your friends?