April 30, 2021

Death of a Cuckold Knight

 


Death of a Cuckold Knight
Jake Reynolds Book 2
by B.R. Stateham
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery


It is 1915 and World War One is raging across Europe. A continent-wide killing field consumes the flower of manhood for most of the nations fighting in the trenches. Or in the air. Or on the high seas. In this quagmire of death, one would think the act of murder would be the last horror anyone would consider. Or committing the act of stealing an incredibly rare, and priceless, painting. But for Royal Flying Corps Captain Jake Reynolds, the act of thievery is a given. Jake Reynolds is an art thief. A very talented art thief. He steals rare paintings, replacing them with forgeries so exact no one can tell the difference. But he is also unlucky. Unlucky in that, occasionally, he stumbles into a homicide case he had no intention of getting involved in. Like the one which involves him now. He finds the owner of the unknown Rembrandt cruelly murdered in his own mansion. The rich man's house staff have been cruelly dispatched as well. For Jake, when it comes to murder, he cannot let it go. Some weird quirk of his personality refuses to allow anyone to get away with such a heinous crime. But the problem for him is this; how can he find the vicious killers and bring them to justice without revealing his own felonious act? Jake will find a way.




Death of a Young Lieutenant
Jake Reynolds Book 1


Meet Captain Jake Reynolds – pilot, adventurer, art thief, spy.

In the opening weeks of World War One, and as a member of the newly formed British Royal Flying Corps, Captain Jake Reynolds is shipped off to Belgium.

Roped in by his squadron commander to prove the innocence of a young lieutenant accused of murder, Jake also wants to steal a 14th Century Jan van Eck painting.

The problem is both the evidence and the painting are behind enemy lines.

How do you prove a man's innocence and steal a masterpiece while an entire German army is breathing down your neck?

Praise for Death of a Young Lieutenant

“Once in a while you come across a novel that is different and unique. A novel that just doesn’t quite fit into the same square and round peg holes, doesn’t follow the formulas that the big guys set out for everybody and is so well done structurally you need to take pause and enjoy it for the gem it is.”

Praise for BR Stateham

“Stateham's fiction is solid, realistic and totally without pretention or author's ego. He pays attention to detail at all times without making the book hard going. A thoroughly enjoyable read that left me hungry for more.”




B.R. Stateham is a fourteen-year-old boy trapped in a seventy-one-year-old body.  But his enthusiasm and boyish delight in anything mysterious and/or unknown continue.
 Writing novels, especially detectives, is just the avenue of escape which keeps the author’s mind sharp and inquisitive.  He’s published a ton of short stories in online magazines like Crooked, Darkest Before the Dawn, Abandoned Towers, Pulp Metal Magazine, Suspense Magazine, Spinetingler Magazine, Near to The Knuckle, A Twist of Noir, Angie’s Diary, Power Burn Flash, and Eastern Standard Crime.  He writes both detective/mysteries, as well as science-fiction and fantasy.




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12 comments:

  1. I like reading books set during this time. Thanks for the great post. Covers are perfect.

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    1. Thank you Debby, for your interest in the novel(s). As an old History teacher, I came to the conclusion years ago that certain time periods in the past were absolutely ripe for some rip-roaring adventures and intrigues. The first half of the 20th Century is just one of them.

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  2. I haven't read any historical mysteries (my favorite type of mystery) set in World War I. I'd definitely give this a read.

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    1. DebP--a lovely name, by the way--there are people we've met, or our parents have met, who lived incredible lives earlier in the life and have kept their past from others for one reason or another. An art thief whom no one ever genuinely suspected. And one who finds himself being drawn into investigating homicides. Yes, its a good yarn. But I wonder . . . could there be a possibility someone like this might have lived?

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    1. I keep saying this over and over to young indie writers--good artwork is the flickering candle's flame which draws the reader to the novel. But once attracted, the content in the book is what will create a fan. I hope, Gwendolyn, you become a fan.

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  4. The cover goes very well with the genre. Thanks for the chance. I like the blurb.

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  5. A very curious title. A time period I love to read.

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  6. This sounds like a really good read. Great cover!

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  7. This sounds like a wonderful book, I love the cover! Congrats on the release.

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  8. History is in a sense a revolving door. Technology changes, viewpoints change, but human nature stays the same. History is also somewht in the eye of the beholder-WW1 is ancient history to many, but to me, it was my grandfather and grand-uncle's war, although like most they never spoke of it. Just showing my age, I guess!

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