Dead Before Morning: A Rafferty and Llewellyn British Mystery Series #1

· Geraldine Evans
76 reviews

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His first murder investigation in charge…and Joe Rafferty’s already got trouble in spades.

Because he suspects the case of the 'Faceless Lady' is a poisoned chalice. Gifted by his new boss who is only waiting for Rafferty to fail to put the boot in.

If Superintendent ‘Long Pockets’ Bradley has got some detective favourite he’s hoping to slot into his space, the case of the ‘Faceless Lady’ looks likely to be the one to do it.

All he can do is grit his teeth and hope for a lucky break. But when he gets it, it’s from such an unlikely source that he suspects the fates are having a laugh at his expense. But it’s the only clue he’s got, so he has to follow it up.

Will he end up with egg on his face? Or solve the murder against all the odds?

Rafferty wishes he knew. The only thing he’s sure of is that his boss won't hesitate to get rid of him if he drops the ball. Determined to deprive him of that satisfaction, he goes with his gut-instinct, but keeps his fingers crossed all the way.


‘GREAT CHARACTERS. From the first page of the first book I felt I knew Rafferty and Llewellyn. I liked them both and the relationship between them. These are well plotted stories that keep me guessing. I enjoy a good murder mystery and find these particularly enjoyable. I like that there is no graphic violence and I love the humour.’ READER REVIEW

'They solve their crimes and their own personal dilemmas in doing so. Gave me a good feeling. I thoroughly enjoyed these books. I liked getting to know the characters and have bought some of the others to keep me going. Great British crime solving, dropping clues along the way - fab!’ READER REVIEW

'DIFFERENT BUT ENJOYABLE I purchased one of these series & enjoyed that so the box set was a no brainer. Enjoyed the stories & no doubt will read more in future. READER REVIEW’

‘FANTASTIC. First time I have read any of Geraldine Evans, was amazed, so much detail, and it is all explained at the end, will differently be reading more of this series.’READER REVIEW

‘Evans’ humour seriously added to my enjoyment of her book. This, her first, as well as the rest in the series, are well written with standout central characters and clever plots.’ AUNT AGATHA’S BOOKSHOP, ANN ARBOUR, USA ON DEAD BEFORE MORNING

‘This often-comic tale sharpens the appetite for more.’ PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

‘Classic crime. I was definitely hooked into this story and needed to know who had committed the crime and why. It was very well written and flowed nicely from scene to scene.’ ALEXIS LENO, AUTHOR OF SHIFTING FATE, A FANTASY NOVEL

 ‘A police procedural with hidden depths.’ READER REVIEW

 ‘Great storyline. Enjoyed every moment.’ READER REVIEW

 ‘Loved the twist in the tale.’ READER REVIEW

 ‘Good read. Enjoyed the characters.’ READER REVIEW

 ‘Great series! Thoroughly enjoyed.’ READER REVIEW

 ‘Intriguing. Well-written.’ READER REVIEW

 ‘Delightful and intriguing British cozy. I particularly liked the character development of this author. Her characters have real depth.’ READER REVIEW

 ‘I’m really enjoying the author’s subtle wit and the overall quality of the writing.’ READER REVIEW

 ‘Very, very good mystery. ‘READER REVIEW

 ‘Good book. I rarely want to read the sequels of books, but this is one series that I’ll read.’ READER REVIEW

 ‘He is smart, and funny and impetuous and generally a very good cop.’ READER REVIEW

76 reviews
A Google user
December 23, 2018
The main character was annoying. Was so glad when I finished this book.
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Richard Balfour
November 11, 2015
Decent read good character development ĺike the growth of relationship between main characters. Will read more just to make sure author doesn't starve.
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robin Rivera
March 17, 2015
Not very interesting slow plot.
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About the author

Geraldine Evans comes from a traditionally-published background. But after having eighteen novels published that way (Macmillan, St Martin's Press, Worldwide, Hale, Severn House, Isis (audio), in 2010, she decided to branch out on her own and turn indie.

She has now digitally-published all of her backlist to which she currently holds the rights, as well as five new Rafferty & Llewellyn novels and The Egg Factory, a medical suspense. She has also published non-fiction.

Geraldine Evans is originally a Londoner, but in 2000 she and George, her late husband, moved to Norfolk in East Anglia; a pretty and historic market town handy for coast, country and city.

She enjoys gardening, painting portraits in oils, mostly of her 'volunteered' reluctant family, learning GIMP, photo manipulation software, so she can create her own covers (of which she has now done a few) and learning keyboards. Feel sorry for her neighbours as she's far from challenging Mozart.

Geraldine hopes you enjoy her novels. She writes to entertain and to take her readers out of their own world and into another.

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