Simon Tolkien, barrister, author, quintessential Englishman, and grandson to J. R. R. Tolkien, talks to BookD about his summer holidays with his grandfather in Bournemouth, the stress of courtroom drama, and starting his prolific writing career at 40.
When a famed Oxford historian is found dead in his study one night, all evidence points to his son, Stephen. About to be disinherited from the family fortune, Stephen returns to home after a long estrangement—and it happens to be the night his father is shot to death. When his fingerprints are found on the murder weapon, Stephen’s guilt seems undeniable. But there were five other people in the manor house at the time, and as their stories slowly emerge.
One summer night, two men break into an isolated manor house and kill Lady Anne Robinson. Her son, Thomas, convinces the police that his father's beautiful personal assistant sent the killers, but Thomas is known for his overactive imagination, and he has reasons to lie. With tantalizing ambiguity, Tolkien keeps readers guessing about the true motivations of these characters until the final witness.
A gripping courtroom drama combining psychological suspense and political intrigue from the pen of ex-barrister-turned-crime novelist Simon Tolkien, grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien. It’s the trial - and scandal - of the decade: Greta Grahame, the beautiful young wife of Minister of defence Sir Peter Robinson, is accused of conspiring to murder her predecessor, Peter’s first wife, Anne. The prosecution case depends heavily on the evidence of one witness - Greta’s sixteen-year-old stepson, Thomas.