Jason Davey Mysteries Book 2
by Winona Kent
Genre: Mystery, Amateur Detective
In 1974, top UK band Figgis Green was riding high in the charts with their blend of traditional Celtic ballads mixed with catchy, folky pop. One of their biggest fans was sixteen-year old Pippa Gladstone, who mysteriously vanished while she was on holiday with her parents in Spain in March that same year.
Now it’s 2018, and founding member Mandy Green has reunited the Figs for their last-ever Lost Time Tour. Her partner, Tony Figgis, passed away in 1995, so his place has been taken by their son, professional jazz guitarist (and amateur sleuth) Jason Davey.
As the band meets in a small village on the south coast of England for pre-tour rehearsals, Jason’s approached by Duncan Stopher, a diehard Figs fan, who brings him a photo of the band performing at the Wiltshire Folk Festival. Standing in the foreground is Pippa Gladstone. The only problem is the Wiltshire Folk Festival was held in August 1974, five months after Pippa disappeared. Duncan offers Jason a substantial sum of money to try and find out what really happened to the young woman, whose mother had her declared officially dead in 1981.
When Duncan is murdered, it becomes increasingly clear to Jason that his investigation into Pippa’s disappearance is not welcome, especially after he follows a series of clues which lead him straight back to the girl’s immediate family.
But nothing can prepare Jason for the truth about Pippa, which he discovers just as Figgis Green is about to take to the stage on opening night—with or without him.
Notes On a Missing G-String
Jason Davey Mysteries Book 1
“A highly entertaining caper set in a sleazy London underworld…Jason is a well-crafted reluctant hero, and Kent’s writing is slick and engaging throughout.” – Kirkus Reviews
The first time we met Jason Davey, he was entertaining passengers aboard the Alaska cruise ship Star Sapphire, Eight ‘til Late in the TopDeck Lounge.
Then he came ashore, got a gig playing lead guitar at London’s Blue Devil jazz club, and gained a certain amount of notoriety tracking down missing musician Ben Quigley in the Canadian north.
Now Jason’s back again, this time investigating the theft of £10,000 from a dancer’s locker at a Soho gentlemen’s club.
Jason initially considers the case unsolvable. But the victim, Holly Medford, owes a lot of money to London crime boss Arthur Braskey and, fearing for her life, has gone into hiding at a posh London hotel.
Jason’s investigation takes him from Cha-Cha’s and Satin & Silk (two Soho lapdancing clubs) to Moonlight Desires (an agency featuring high class escorts) and finally to a charity firewalking event, where he comes face to face with Braskey and discovers not everything Holly’s been telling him is the complete truth.
As he becomes increasingly drawn into the seamy underside of Soho, Jason tries to save Gracie, his band-mate’s 14-year-old runaway daughter, from Holly’s brother Radu, a ruthless pimp, while at the same time protecting Holly herself from a vengeful Braskey—nearly losing his life, and Gracie’s—in the process.
Notes on a Missing G-String is the first novel in a new mystery series featuring jazz musican-turned-sleuth Jason Davey.
Disturbing the Peace
Jason Davey Mysteries Prequel
Jason Davey’s last job was aboard the Star Sapphire cruising from Vancouver to Alaska. Hired as one of the ship’s entertainers, he played guitar in the TopDeck Lounge. You can read about those adventures in the novel Cold Play here.
Now Jason’s back on shore, and he has a regular gig at a jazz club in London.
Jason’s son, Dominic, is studying film at university. When Dom asks his dad to help track down a missing musician for a documentary he’s making, Jason leaps at the chance.
Ben Quigley played rhythm guitar in Jason’s parents’ folk group Figgis Green in the late 1960s. And he dropped off the face of the earth four years ago.
Jason’s search ultimately takes him to Peace River, Alberta – 300 miles from Edmonton in the Canadian north. And what he discovers there is both intriguing – and disturbing.
Disturbing the Peace is a novella which introduces readers to professional musician and amateur sleuth Jason Davey. Jason will soon feature in a new series of full-length mystery novels, beginning with Notes on a Missing G-String.
Winona Kent is an award-winning author who was born in London, England and grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, where she completed her BA in English at the University of Regina. After moving to Vancouver, she graduated from UBC with an MFA in Creative Writing. More recently, she received her diploma in Writing for Screen and TV from Vancouver Film School.
After a career that’s included freelancing for magazines and newspapers, long and short fiction, screenplays and tv scripts, Winona has now returned to her first love, novels. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Writing is Winona’s passion.
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5 ‘wow ‘ really good stars
Thank you to Silver Dagger Book Tours for my free review copy. I was thrilled with the chance to read a new to me British author. I must say the author’s prequel novella Disturbing the Peace really did not disappoint in my reading experience.
Without re-hashing the blurb and giving spoilers to the plot, I was drawn into this story from page one. The author’s character Jason is very like-able, and I found him relatable too, being British myself. His mannerisms I found very authentic, and his dry sense of humour and sarcasm cracked me up. I followed his first person POV with a lot of enjoyment. There is very good character development with Jason.
The story itself moves quickly, it’s not really a slow burn ‘who-dun-it’, I liked this. What I really enjoyed was the setting, it’s based in London then moves to Canada. All the places in London the author referenced I had knowledge of, this was really nice. Even if you’re not a British reader, the author paints a very vivid picture for those who don’t know London well.
How things come together with Jason’s investigations into the missing person, once he’s in Canada, this is where the mystery starts to unfold, I really enjoyed reading it. The ‘big bang’ and plot twist I never saw coming. And this is where I’d love to really shout out this author, sometimes with this genre (for me), I can sometimes see what’s coming and guess, or I find plot gaps (sadly). I found none of this with Disturbing the Peace!!
Bottom line I was pretty much hooked on the novella, so much so, I was very happy to check my email and see that I had the other two books also sent to me. So yes! I will read them, I am drawn in. The story does end on a bit of a cliff-hanger, and normally I hate this I like a conclusion. That said, there is enough conclusion as we find out where Ben ( the missing person) is, we just don’t know what happens next. This to me was a good cliff hanger as I had a conclusion, ‘we found him’, but what happens next? I look forward to finding out. Five stars for Disturbing the Peace from me, I thank the author for sharing her work, she has gained a new fan. I recommend this series and the prequel I read to all mystery, suspense, and detective/sleuth fiction lovers! Especially those who seek stories outside the USA.