Tuppenny Hat Detective

Tuppenny Hat Detective

Set in Sheffield in 1951. What would you do if you found an old lady dead in her home, and you were certain that she had been murdered, but the authorities didn’t think so? Twelve-year-old Billy Perks and his friends turn detectives, little realising the danger of awakening a long hidden serial killer.
(Period detective story for teenagers and adults).


Was the old STAR WOMAN murdered? The authorities didn’t think so, and the briefest of investigations quickly satisfies them that the file on the lonely old lady’s death could be quietly closed.

BILLY PERKS, the 12 year old schoolboy who had found the body, thought differently. He had no doubt whatsoever that the old lady had been murdered. Saddened and angry that her killer might never pay for the crime, he decides that he will track them down and bring them face to face with the hangman.

With friends YVONNE SPARKES and KICK MORLEY, Billy turns detective, acquiring along the way a trilby hat as worn by his heroes of film and wireless, Humphrey Bogart and Dick Barton. It’s a great new game with serious intent, full of excitement and challenge, but it’s a game that puts them in grave danger, something for which their innocent enthusiasm had not prepared them.

Who is the strange tramp shadowing them? What was written on pages torn from the old woman’s diary and burned in her hearth on the night she was killed? Who are the young airmen photographed alongside their Wellington bomber? The friends start building their case. News of their success leaks out, causing unease in their close knit, South Yorkshire community of the early fifties. buy online as a paperback, or buy as a Kindle ebook   or from Smashwords.com in other ebook formats.

Tuppenny Hat detective is a crime adventure story for adults and older teenagers. It deals with adult themes that some parents may consider unsuitable for younger children.

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