This is the fabulous cover for the next in the Teifi Valley Coroner series – Those Who Know – which will be published in May 2020 and is available for preorder here. Huge thanks are due to The Dome Press, and particularly designer Jem Butcher, for the consistently brilliant covers for the series.
And here, just for readers of my blog, is a sneak previous of the plot:
Harry Probert-Lloyd and John Davies are back! In Those Who Know, Harry’s on the election trail, vying to be elected as coroner for the Teifi Valley. To his surprise, he’s been taken up as a political cause by the Liberal party but it’s not just the Tories’ candidate he’s fighting against, it’s also the magistrates and the police force who would rather that their coroner were slightly less thorough – and expensive.
But party support doesn’t come without its downside. Jonas Minnever, Harry’s election agent, wants him out pressing the flesh and wooing the electorate, so when a death is brought to his attention on the campaign trail, Harry finds himself in a bind. Does he give all his attention to the inquest as his conscience and his inclinations tell him he should? Or does he take Minnever’s advice, leave things to John, and confine himself to electioneering?
A middle-way compromise proves equally damaging to both causes and Harry finds himself going into the inquest on Schoolteacher Rowland’s death disastrously badly prepared. The inquest runs out of his control and the outcome threatens to see an innocent man hanged.
In the final week of campaining, as Harry tries to find a way of re-opening the inquest, his Tory rival suddenly disappears and new evidence comes to light which takes John off to London to investigate. What he discovers leads to an explosive election day and yet more pressure on Harry to act.
In a morally complex case where, it seems, nobody is truly innocent, what is the most just outcome?