Joan Lock

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Joan Lock

A former nurse and policewoman, Joan is the author of eleven non-fiction police/crime books, including three on Scotland Yards first detectives.

Joan is also an authority on women police history. THE BRITISH POLICEWOMAN:Her Story (Hale, 1979) has been reissued in paperback to coincide with their 100th anniversary as has her autobiographical LADY POLICEMAN (Michael Joseph, 1968). Joan advised on and appeared in the BBC4’s TV film A FAIR COP:A HUNDRED YEARS OF WOMEN POLICE, which was first screened on 16 March 1915 and The Guardian described as ‘this terrific film’,

Her crime fiction includes short stories and eight crime novels, one modern and seven in the popular Victorian series which features the charismatic D I Best. This has attracted some appreciative notice such as the starred review on the 3rd in the series, DEAD LETTERS from Booklist (Journal of the US Library Association) which found the book to be 'outstanding reading for historical mystery buffs'.

Dead Born (Hale, 2002)
Dead Letters
Death In Perspective (Hale, 2001)
Dead Born
(Hale, 2002)
Dead Letters
(Severn House, 2003)
       
Dead End
Dead Fall
Dead Loss
Dead End
(Severn House, 2004)
Dead Fall
(Severn House, 2005)
Dead Loss
(Severn House, 2006)
     
Dead Centre
Dead Image cover Dead Born
Dead Centre
(Hale 2008)
Dead Image
(The Mystery Press, 2012)
Dead Born
(The Mystery Press, 2013)


 

Just Out In PaperBack:

Dead End - The Fourth Inspector Best Mystery

Dead End

Severn House 2004

Large Print Severn House 2005

Spanish edition (Seis Rosas Blancas) Punta de Lectura, 2005 eBook, Endeavour Press, 2015 Paperback, Create Space, 2016

Best is at a particular low when he is sent out of his comfort zone of Scotland Yard to Newcastle on Tyne on the usually thankless task of helping another force to solve a difficult case. Five local girls are missing including Phoebe, the daughter of a leading industrialist. He finds the Tyne to be a hotbed of spiritualism. Also going into the mix are White Slave Traffic and the life of shop workers at Bainbridges 'Emporium of the North' when Phoebe is found dead in their bedding department.

Booklist (American Library Association) found DEAD END 'gripping. As usual, Joan Lock produces a clever, engaging mystery with plenty of authentic Victorian ambience.' while Dr Susan Rowland of Mystery Women thought it 'a crime novel of real depth and resonance'.

 

Dead Fall: The Fifth Inspector Best Mystery

Dead Fall

Severn House 2005

Large Print Severn House 2006

eBook Jolo Press 2013

Paperback CreateSpace 2016

A real life murder occurs on the stage of a London theatre where Inspector Best and his wifeHelen are enjoying a night out. Victorian theatre is only just emerging into respectability, which is threatened when another death follows - a murder which could be a reaction against one of the Victorian theatre's most traditional practices.

The evocative array of suspects includes an all powerful actor manager, the resentful Super and Property Masters, a crusading journalist turned playwright, a disgruntled dresser, the family of a ballerina who died in a theatre fire and, not least, members of the audience who indulge in a curious form of blackmail.

'Good pacing, solid plotting, intriguing characters, and a realistic setting make this another entertaining entry in a series that compares favourably with Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Monk novels.' Booklist '…conjures up the acrid smell, the heat, and the behind the curtains life of the late Victorian theatre . . . An entertaining read.' Historical Novels Review