Dead Before Morning #1 of 18 Rafferty & Llewellyn Mystery Series

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Geraldine Evans

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A murder investigation… …and Rafferty’s already got troubles in spades. His first case in charge looks like being his last. Because he suspects that the case of the 'Faceless Lady' is a poisoned chalice. Gifted by his new boss who is only waiting for Rafferty to fail, to put the boot in.



Short Summary

Detective Joe Rafferty has a new boss, a new partner, and a shiny new rank. He's also got a new investigation. His first in charge. But he suspects that the case of "The Faceless Lady", will turn out to be a poisoned chalice. And his main suspect is friends with the Chief Constable.


Essex UK

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions,Twist,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Joseph Rafferty.

Age: Late 30s/early 40s.

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Uneducated,Masculine,Engaging,Underdog,Strong Moral Code,Sarcastic,Funny,Clumsy,Empathetic,Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Dafyd Llewellyn

Age: Late 20's/early 30's

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Charming,Faithful,Educated,Strong Moral Code,Gracious

Additional Character Details

Name: Joseph Rafferty's Mother 'Ma'.

Age: 60's

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Decisive,Leader,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Outspoken,Religious,Masculine,Uneducated,Confident

Additional Character Details

Name: Kitty Rafferty

Age: 60's

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Religious,Confident,Decisive,Outspoken,Uneducated,Engaging,Leader,Masculine,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Blunt

About The Author

Geraldine Evans My name’s Geraldine Evans, and I write the Rafferty & Llewellyn and Casey & Catt British Mystery Series. I was born in London and brought up on a south London council estate. Even though, like my three older siblings, I left school in my mid-teens, I found a love of life-long-learning shortly after. Why not before? Ah there’s a tale for another time! After being plucked twice from slush piles (Hale and Macmillan), I spent eighteen years as a traditionally published author. But becoming increasingly disenchanted with publishers, I took control of my own destiny and turned Indie in 2010. I have published 25 novels (21 mystery/suspense, 1 fictional historical biography, 3 romances). I have also published 3 non-fiction. Am I glad I didn’t listen to those who said I would never make it on my own? You betcha! I’m a firm believer that you plough your own furrow in this world, however unlikely life’s beginnings or how inept the initial plough-pushing.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

Group Specific

People living in the county of Essex where the story is set in a (fictitious) town based on Colchester (the oldest town in England).

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Me, now, as I turned Indie in 2010, and I got all my rights reverted.

Year Published: 1993

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