The Contraband Killings: A Dan Foster Mystery
The new Dan Foster Mystery…
Principal Officer Dan Foster of the Bow Street Runners is sent to collect smuggler Watcyn Jones from Beaumaris Gaol on Anglesey, and bring him back to London for trial at the Old Bailey. As if having to travel to the wilds of North Wales isn’t bad enough, Dan is saddled with an inexperienced constable as his interpreter and assistant. At least it’s a routine assignment and shouldn’t take more than a few days.
But when the prison escort is ambushed and Watcyn Jones escapes, a straightforward transfer turns into a desperate manhunt. And as Jones’s enemies start to die, the chase becomes more urgent than ever. Dan’s search for the killer brings him up against a ruthless smuggling gang – and his chances of getting off the island alive begin to look far from promising.
The Contraband Killings is the fourth Dan Foster Mystery. Bloodie Bones, the first in the series, was joint winner of the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016.
“Dan Foster is totally captivating—from his willingness to face his own weaknesses, to his devotion to right and justice, but most compelling, his sense of honor and decency.” Awesome Indies
“What a fantastic, well-written, mind-blowing and completely engrossing historical mystery! I absolutely loved every bit of this story. Though a fourth book in the series, I had no trouble following the character development as the readers are given a gist of Dan’s past.”
“The Contraband Killings has been well researched. I found the historical details interesting and felt they were well written within the story. The characters are well developed too and I felt for Dan with his inexperienced support…I will look out for the rest of this series.”
“Lucienne Boyce certainly surprised me with the quality of her writing. Her characters are interesting and I found myself rooting for Dan quicker than I thought I would. This is due to the skill of the author. She writes about history without making it heavy and a hard slog. I personally was in my absolute element from beginning to end…A historical mystery novel that makes me want to go back and read from the beginning.”
Sharon Beyond the Books
“The author has certainly found her niche with this sort of historical adventure as each story seems to just get stronger and stronger and The Contraband Killings is no exception. Running alongside a strong sense of history comes the added excitement of intrigue and mystery and with several twists and turns I didn’t see coming I can safely say that, for me, this is Dan Foster’s most exciting challenge yet.”
Jaffa Reads Too
“The plot is a real page-turner; I stayed up well past my normal bedtime to finish the book and was genuinely sorry when I reached the last page.”
Broad Thoughts From a Home
“The Contraband Killings is superbly written. Lucienne has one of those easy going writing styles that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with. Lucienne certainly knows how to grab the reader’s attention and draw them into what proves to be one hell of a story…I love the way in which Lucienne makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story and at the heart of the action.”
Ginger Book Geek
“The historical research here was clearly extensive, but this is woven really well into the story so that you are getting a gripping, historical tale and a history lesson at the same time.”
It Takes a Woman
“Using so effectively the landscape of Anglesey and the harsh nature of the times the author has really convincingly taken the reader back more than 200 years. A great story with a fabulous twist I didn’t see coming.”
Lynda’s Book Reviews
“I wasn’t expecting such a suspenseful, intriguing and exciting story but it was superbly written, plotted and executed and I’m disappointed I’ve been missing out on this series. I will be correcting that very soon and look forward to reading more of the captivating and dedicated Dan Foster and his mysteries.”
“Boyce possesses a sharp visual descriptive power which evokes strong emotions of landscape, the Welsh people, poverty, filth, starvation, and copper mining. Is it possible to feel wet and cold during a fictional storm or to feel flustered at the coaching depot departure stand? Apparently so, thanks to evocative writing! Foster’s unusual family dynamics add to his likeability. The frustrations of an investigation where no one is willing to talk is well-thought-out, and evokes understanding of what the police face every day. An interesting read, which gives the mystical isle of Ynys Môn a new dimension.”
The Historical Novels Review