Tuesday, January 27, 2015


02_A Solder of Substance CoverPlease give a warm Books & Benches welcome to D.W. Bradbridge, author of the Daniel Cheswis Mystery series. Today we're introducing you to his latest historical mystery, A SOLDIER OF SUBSTANCE.
Publication Date: November 1, 2014
Formats: eBook, Paperback Pages: 470 
Series: Daniel Cheswis Mystery 
Genre: Historical Mystery

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1644. The smoke of parliamentary musket, cannon, and mortar fire is in the air around the royalist stronghold of Lathom House. Though guards still stand atop its walls, it is besieged on all sides, and it is only a matter of time until the house, along with its embittered and unwavering countess, Lady Charlotte de Tremouille, falls to Parliament s might. Yet somehow, a royalist spy still creeps, unseen, through its gates, and brings the countess Parliament s secrets. Barely recovered from the trials of the last few months, Daniel Cheswis is torn from his family and sent north, to uncover the identity of the traitor; though before he can even begin, Cheswis finds himself embroiled in a murder. A woman has been garrotted with cheese wire in her Chester home, suggesting there is more than just the usual hatreds of war at play. As lives are lost and coats are turned on both sides, Cheswis is tasked with finding the murderer, uncovering the traitor, and surviving his soldierly duty long enough to see Lathom House fall.

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03_Author D.W. BradbridgeMeet and Connect with the Author
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. For more information please visit D.W. Bradbridge 's website. You can also find him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter

A Soldier of Substance Blog Tour Schedule
Wednesday, January 7 Review at Flashlight Commentary Saturday, January 10 Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book Wednesday, January 14 Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past Tuesday, January 20 Spotlight at A Literary Vacation Tuesday, January 27 Review at Forever Ashley Spotlight at Books and Benches Tuesday, February 3 Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews Friday, February 6 Guest Post & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Obsession
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1 comment:

  1. Welcome to the Books & Benches, D.W.! Congrats on another fantastic book.