Publication Date: October 1, 2013
1643. The armies of King Charles I and Parliament clash in the streets and fields of England, threatening to tear the country apart, as winter closes in around the parliamentary stronghold of Nantwich. The royalists have pillaged the town before, and now, they are returning. But even with weeks to prepare before the Civil War is once more at its gates, that doesn’t mean the people of Nantwich are safe.
While the garrison of soldiers commanded by Colonel George Booth stand guard, the town’s residents wait, eyeing the outside world with unease, unaware that they face a deadly threat from within. Townspeople are being murdered – the red sashes of the royalists left on the bodies marking them as traitors to the parliamentary cause.
When the first dead man is found, his skull caved in with a rock, fingers start being pointed, and old hatreds rise to the surface. It falls to Constable Daniel Cheswis to contain the bloodshed, deputising his friend, Alexander Clowes, to help him in his investigations, carried out with the eyes of both armies on his back. And they are not the only ones watching him.
He is surrounded by enemies, and between preparing for the imminent battle, watching over his family, being reunited with his long-lost sweetheart, and trying, somehow, to stay in business, he barely has time to solve a murder.
With few clues and the constant distraction of war, can Cheswis protect the people of Nantwich? And which among them need protecting? Whether they are old friends or troubled family, in these treacherous times, everyone’s a traitor, in war, law, or love.
When the Winter Siege is through, who will be among the bodies?
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About the AuthorD.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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IN MY OWN WORDS:
This is the first time I read D.W. Bradbridge’s novel. My personal opinion: the book was very entertaining . I know that a person who like mystery will like this novel, because for me was like a reading a plot, like the novels of Agatha Christie, and I am a fan of Agatha Christie. This book put you in the position, that you can’t stop reading because you want to know who is the murderer and who would be next victim .
The novel unfolds in the year 1643 when the civil war threatens to destroy the country of England and as we know a war brings great misfortune, and in this novel along with the war are a series of murders in a town called Nantwich. As we know at the time of the reign of King Charles I, was a tremendous war between royalists. It all starts in the town called Nantwich, begins with a murder, and the person who was killed appears with a red handkerchief tied around his neck. Immediately, the contestable city find out about the murder, and immediately gets to work on the case. The name of the contestable is Daniel Cheswis. Apparently all indicates that the death of this victim is not an accident, the death has been because the victim was a traitor to the English crown. That is what the investigators think!!! Daniel Cheswis begins to investigate, make the decision to put a person in jail, but another person is found murder and the situation start getting worse.
Now the constable has to star his investigation .
Who will be the next victim? The war is very close to get to the Nantwich? What will happen to the people in Nantwich?
I invite you to read this great mystery novel, because you like me, want to get to the bottom, to know who was the murder of the people of Nantwich.