Blood on the Dunes
Blood on the Dunes is an Inspector Sonny Russell mystery written by Chris O’Donoghue
A long-buried skeleton emerges from the shifting sands at Camber during a raging storm. A badly injured man is found in a derelict warehouse in Nottery. A mixed-race boy goes missing from a children's home in Peasmarsh. Could these seemingly random occurrences possible be connected?
At first, a puzzled DI Sonny Russell can see no link but, as more horrific events unfold, he begins to detect a troubling pattern.
Blood on the Dunes is a story of fractured relationships and fraught decisions, made years before, that come back to haunt those involved and others who were left to suffer the consequences.
Blood in the Garden
Blood in the Garden is an Inspector Sonny Russell mystery written by Chris O’Donoghue
Supt Stout is desperate to improve his standing in the community by joining the prestigious Nottery golf club and, when two people connected with it go missing, he sees a matchless opportunity to improve his chances. He puts DI Sonny Russell, on the job - much to the officer’s disgust.
Russell has more interesting conundrums: why hasn’t dependable WPC Nettie Sharp reported for duty? An antique dealer finds a body in the boot of his car. Whose is it? Is the suspect attempting a foolhardy escape? How much does an unhelpful landowner really know about his wife’s disappearance?
As all the strands gradually untwist Russell manages to solve several mysteries - with a cocktail of shocks along the way.
Blood on the Cards
Blood on the Cards is an Inspector Sonny Russell mystery written by Chris O’Donoghue
A fortune teller is found with her throat cut in a WWII pillbox near the Royal Military Canal. The owner of the fairground where she worked comes under suspicion but when another body is found, DI Sonny Russell isn’t so sure. Taken off the case and assisted by his French opposite number, Inspecteur Guillaume Bruissement he pursues a pub landlord who has been smuggling duty-free goods across the channel.
So begins an intriguing tale which criss-crosses Sussex and Kent and ends in a thriller chase along the canal, with disastrous consequences.
A travelling fair brings fun and excitement to Nottery Quay but gruesome death too. A fortune teller is found with her throat cut in an isolated WWII pillbox by the Royal Military Canal. The fairground owner is suspected but, when a second body is found, DI Sonny Russell begins to wonder... Annoying his bombastic boss, Superintendent Stout, yet again, he is taken off the case. However, assisted by his French pal, Inspecteur Guillaume Bruissement, he pursues his own investigation.
Blood on the Cards is a gripping tale of intrigue that criss-crosses Sussex and Kent and ends in a desperate chase along the canal, with deadly consequences...
Blood on the Strand
>Blood on the Strand is an Inspector Sonny Russell mystery written by Chris O’Donoghue
In a raging gale a heavy crate is washed up on the beach near Compass Point. DI Sonny Russell and his sidekick DS Johnny Weeks happen upon it while braving the weather near Sonny’s home. Puzzled, they go to get help to recover it, but when they return it has gone.
So begins a thrilling and dangerous search for stolen Nazi plunder. It leads the detectives, ably assisted by an eager young policewoman, Nettie Sharpe, on a twisting trail that encompasses Hastings fisherman, their iconic net huts, ruthless foreign criminals and the shady side of antique dealing.
Blood on the Strand is a story of intrigue and drama, set on the sleepy south coast in the post-war mid-fifties.
Blood on the Shrine
Blood on the Shrine is an Inspector Sonny Russell mystery written by Chris O’Donoghue
Snowed in on a Buddhist retreat DI Sonny Russell isn’t peaceful for long. A monk is found dead in the shrine room and two men also staying at the centre quickly arouse his suspicions.
Meanwhile his sidekick, DC Johnny Weeks meets a small time crook who, thinking he is trustworthy, asks the policeman to participate in a daring train robbery.
The action begins in Russell’s sleepy corner of the South-East, travels to Eire and has its denouement in France, skilfully engineered by Russell’s wily old friend, Inspecteur Bruissement.
Blood on the Shrine is a story of Meditation and friendship, deception and intrigue, which tests DI Russell to his limits.
Blood on the tide
Blood on the tide is an Inspector Sonny Russell mystery written by Chris O’Donoghue
When a gruesomely mutilated body trussed up in a distinctive fashion washes up on a lonely stretch of the south coast in the 1950s, DI Sonny Russell is soon struggling to unravel an intriguingly knotty puzzle. And as more bodies, similarly tortured, appear he begins to realise that, for some at least, the war is far from over.
A trail of intrigue leads him to Europe where he befriends a French detective and together they set out to track down the villains.
Blood on the Tide is a story of the sea and boats, murder and Nazis that begins in a sleepy coastal backwater and takes the reader through post-war France and Germany.
The book features thinly veiled references to Rye and Rye Harbour. With Chris’s background in sailing, the boats in the book are accurately portrayed and the sea develops a life of its own.
The notoriously fickle weather in the English Channel plays a big part in the tale, ranging from perfect sunny sailing weather to inconvenient sea frets to wild storms that only add to Sonny Russell's difficulties.
Blood on the Tide is the first in a series of detective novels featuring DI Sonny Russell. The second in the series is called Blood on the shrine and starts out in a snowy winter in a Buddhist retreat and will be published soon.