WILLIAM TURNER’S NEW NOVEL:
“A MURDER IN OUR MIDST”
BLENDS PERIOD DRAMA WITH RACE-RELATED THEMES
Walter Mosley Meets Agatha Christie With Classic Twists
LOS ANGELES, CA– The historical mystery, “A Murder in Our Midst,” is a 1950’s era novel by Billy Turner that blends period flavor with the race-related themes of Walter Mosley as well as the classic twists and turns of an Agatha Christie novel.
A handwritten letter arrives on the desk of decorated Scotland Yard detective Sir Robert Winchell. It’s from renowned oil magnate Raymond Beevant, claiming that somebody is trying to kill him. As a confidant of the Queen, knighted for his service, Winchell has grown accustomed to powerful people seeking his council.
Except this is different.
Winchell always knew that to have a friend was to be one. But back when he entered Harvard as man of color in the 1950’s, he wasn’t sure how many friends he’d make – if any. It was Raymond Beevant who proved him wrong in more ways than he could imagine. Rushing to Beevant’s estate, Winchell discovers that Raymond has suddenly passed away. His demise is about to test how far Winchell will go for his dearest friend.
Though the doctors rule Beevant’s death a suicide, Winchell begins to investigate and soon learns that even one’s closest companions keep secrets. As Raymond’s share of the vast Beevant empire is hotly contested, Winchell discovers that Raymond’s own father unwitting set the stage for his son’s murder and that somebody has been using the family’s influence in the Middle East to acquire and leak sensitive U.S. defense documents.
With the military leaning on him hard, the police doubting his skill despite his credentials, and more suspicious killings at every turn, Winchell uncovers an illegitimate child as well as duplicitous land leases that will unravel his friend’s family yet tie up the mystery of Beevant’s death. Winchell must decide what Raymond’s dying wish would have been – to solve his murder or save his name. For the sake of his friend, Winchell must try to do both.
Tense race relations, a clash of classes, and international intrigue collide in this taut mystery, which will keep readers guessing.
“My background in government and my experience as an African-American raised during this turbulent time give me unique insight into this subject. I’ve always had a passion for mysteries and now that I’ve retired from my position as a supervisor for the State of California, I’ve devoted myself to writing,” says, author, Billy Turner.
“A Murder in Our Midst” is the first in a proposed series following Sir Robert Winchell and the cases that will challenge his intellect along with his nerve. Turner is currently at work on his first novel’s sequel: Death Comes for the President.
William Turner bio:
William Turner spent his formative years in New England. He was educated in the private, parochial school system, and is presently retired from State service (State of California), as a supervisor. He has one son (Ontonio), and three grandchildren. His grandson is serving in the United States Air Force. His daughter-in-law, Bridgette, is a practicing pediatrician. William had aspired–so long ago–to be a priest, but felt at the time he had not been exposed enough to life to walk away and close the monastery door. His subsequent exposure to life sullied him beyond any aspiration to the priesthood. William now lives in Lancaster, California, spending much of his time doing penance, reflecting on his countless errors in judgment. William’s penchant for writing mysteries stems from his exposure to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories and those of Agatha Christie. His mentor was Sister Agnes Bernard–his high school English teacher.
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