Dead End

a Winding River Mystery by Pat O'Reilly

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This fast-moving thriller, the final volume in the Winding River Mystery trilogy by writer, broadcaster and life-long flyfisher Pat O'Reilly (a vice president of The Wild Trout Trust) has, inevitably, flyfishing woven into its intricate plot. Details...

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Janice Walters, governor of Broughton Mere top-security women’s prison, left her office promptly at 7am. The prison chauffeur drove her to Lower Broughton station, where she ambled leisurely to a waiting train. The chauffeur and the prison governor would never see one another again. Nor would they see anyone else.

Meanwhile, Sara Stephenson’s aunt, a sculptor who lived in a remote cottage in south-west Ireland, was not answering her phone. Brigit’s intricately bird statues, carved from bog oak, sold as fast as she could create them. Each was a unique work of art, the kind of ornament that many a true connoisseur would kill to own.

And now, for anyone with a suspicious mind, there was plenty of evidence to suggest that someone had done precisely that...

Reviews of Dead Drift, the first book in the Winding River Mystery series

"Shades of Ian Flemming without the gimmicks, and towards the end a death-cum-suicide rate worthy of The Avengers... The final scene is just right and very Agatha Christie, which is not to be sneered at." CV, Portugal.

"Very fast paced. I read the whole book in three sittings, which is unheard of for me. I just wanted to turn the page and read the next bout of mis-direction." PJ, Wales UK.

About Author Pat O'Reilly

Pat O'Reilly

Writer and broadcaster Pat O’Reilly came from Bromsgrove – one of his better decisions, he claims. After training as an electronics engineer he worked hard but briefly as an electronics engineer, less hard and even more briefly as a college and university lecturer, and hardly hard at all for more than thirty years as a fly-fishing instructor. He has also had lots of fun running writers’ courses and as a management consultant specialising in innovation and creativity, while keeping his feet firmly grounded as an environmental advisor to governments…

In a writing career spanning more than fifty years, Pat has written one documentary film script, three dozen books and far too many newspaper and magazine articles. Pat's most recent non-fiction book, published by First Nature, is Fascinated by Fungi, now in its second (2016) edition, third reprint (2022). His only serious novel, Harnessing the Unicorn, was published by Gower Press in 1998, and his most fun novel, published in 2014, is Frazzle. Pat's latest novels are Dead Drift, Dead Cert, and Dead End - a trilogy of river-based mystery thrillers..

Pat O’Reilly was awarded the MBE in 2003 for his environmental work. He lives in Wales with his wife Sue and far too many books.

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