The Winter Siege by D.W. Bradbridge takes place in 1643, during the English Civil War. As the town of Nantwich waits for the War to reach them, people in Nantwich begin to die, with red sashes around their necks when murdered.
The town must turn to Constable Daniel Cheswis to figure out the murders. But as the War rages, and little evidence of anything, the task is almost impossible. And when Daniel’s past love comes back and she and her husband begin to accompany themselves with Daniel, his detective vision is sometimes blurried. Will Daniel be able to solve the mystery before the town falls apart, or will they all become traitors to each other and themselves?
I thoroughly enjoyed The Winter Siege. The author did a great job of presenting the murders and then distracting us for a short time with the war, and then bring us back to the mystery, making it all work together. The setting is phenomenal, with the cold of winter representing the feeling of the War and of the townsfolk, and the clash between the King and Parliament where everyone is a turncoat. Love, Law, and War encompass this novel, and you never know who you can trust. I look forward to the future installments of the Daniel Cheswis series!
D.W. Bradbridge was born in 1960 and grew up in Bolton. He has lived in Crewe, Cheshire since 2000, where he and his wife run a small magazine publishing business for the automotive industry.
“The inspiration for The Winter Siege came from a long-standing interest in genealogy and local history. My research led me to the realisation that the experience endured by the people of Nantwich during December and January 1643-44 was a story worth telling. I also realised that the closed, tension-filled environment of the month-long siege provided the ideal setting for a crime novel.
“History is a fascinating tool for the novelist. It consists only of what is remembered and written down, and contemporary accounts are often written by those who have their own stories to tell. But what about those stories which were forgotten and became lost in the mists of time?
“In writing The Winter Siege, my aim was to take the framework of real history and fill in the gaps with a story of what could, or might have happened. Is it history or fiction? It’s for the reader to decide.”
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