An Early Death by Helen Golding

An Early Death

BREAKING NEWS Mystery Woman was in the Earl of Rossex’s car when it crashed 

Reports are coming in that an unidentified woman was in the car that killed James Wilshire (24), the Earl of Rossex, when it crashed in Fenshire late on Tuesday evening and died from her injuries later in hospital. The police have not named the woman, but sources at Francis Court, where the earl lived with his wife Lady Beatrice (21) claim the dead woman was the wife of a member of staff.


The impertinence of the man! Who does this Detective Sergeant Richard Fitzwilliam think he is asking personal questions about the state of her marriage and insinuating that James was having an affair with the estate manager’s wife? Of course he wasn’t! She knew her husband and he wouldn’t do that to her. But what was James doing back in Fenshire on that fateful night when he’d told her he would be London? And why was Gill Sterling in the car with him when they barely knew each other? Unless, of course, she didn’t know her husband as well as she thought she did…


PLEASE NOTE: This is a prequel in the A Right Royal Cozy Investigation series and is not intended to be read as a standalone.


My review

Another magnificently enjoyable book in this excellent series, which I’m afraid I am a day late reviewing – sincere apologies to the author – due to Covid addling my brain…

The film industry has championed the prequel in recent years, and not always successfully, but that’s not the case with this energetic and entertaining story. It fits totally with what we already know of this series and its characters and provides some very interesting insights.

It retains all the fun and the sharp social commentary that we’ve come to enjoy in The Right Royal Cozy series. There’s a clever plot and a well-observed setting, but we’d expect no less from this super author.

Lots to enjoy!


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Author bio

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Hello. I’m Helen Golden. I write British contemporary cozy whodunnits with a hint of humour. I live in small village in Lincolnshire in the UK with my husband, my step-daughter, her two cats, our two dogs, sometimes my step-son, and our tortoise.

I used to work in senior management, but after my recent job came to a natural end I had the opportunity to follow my dreams and start writing. It’s very early in my life as an author, but so far I’m loving it.

It’s crazy busy at our house, so when I’m writing I retreat to our caravan (an impulsive lockdown purchase) which is mostly parked on our drive. When I really need total peace and quiet, I take it to a lovely site about 15 minutes away and hide there until my family runs out of food or clean clothes

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