Devon, Historical Fiction, Prayer Book Rebellion, Susanna Jones, Rob Magnusson
Tim Heald was a journalist and author of mysteries. Born in Dorchester, he studied modern history at Oxford before becoming a reporter, and columnist for the Sunday Times. He began writing novels in the early ’70s, introducing Simon Bognor, a defiantly lazy investigator for the British Board of Trade. Heald followed Bognor through nine more novels, including Murder At Moose Jaw (1981) and Business Unusual (1989) before taking a two decade break from the series. In the early 2000’s Heald wrote three crime novels featuring Tudor Cornwall, academic turned investigator: Death And The Visiting Fellow, Death on The Ocean Wave and Death and The D'Urbervilles.
Heald also distinguished himself as a biographer. He wrote official biographies of cricket legends Denis Compton and Brian Johnston, and various Royal personages, among other non-fiction on a range of subjects.
Tim Heald died in November 2016.
‘A constant pleasure’ Daily Telegraph
‘Crime with a P.G. Wodehouse flair’ Chicago Tribune
‘A denouement vintage as High Table port’ Sheridan Morley
‘Tom Sharpe couldn’t have done it better’ New Statesman
‘A dazzling whodunnit’ Jilly Cooper
‘Lighthearted – but lethal’ Chicago Tribune
Death and The Visiting Fellow
Dark deeds and deception down under for Tudor Cornwall
Death and The D'Urbervilles
Tudor Cornwall tries to rewrite Tess of the D'Urbervilles as a murder mystery - with fatal results.
A Death on The Ocean Wave
Rum doings aboard the good ship Duchess as Tudor Cornwall embarks on a nautical mystery
‘Compton was not the last of the double internationals, but he was the greatest’ Michael Parkinson
‘a masterpiece which will humanise the legend’ Daily Mail
The Character of Cricket
‘First-rate stuff, in the great and... timeless tradition of English cricket writing.’ Punch