Christine McHaines

Part of the Quentin Cadbury investigations series:
Editions:Kindle - First digital edition: £1.99
Pages: 263
Paperback - First paperback edition: £7.99
ISBN: 978-1804620946
Size: 5x8 in
Pages: 247

A typically useless twenty-something must grow up quickly when a house-sitting job gets him mixed up with serious crime…

Quentin Cadbury is left in charge of his late aunt’s home in Greenwich, London, when his parents up sticks and head to Australia. However, his rather abrupt, and unwelcome, introduction to adult life is upset by a series of break-ins.

Someone is looking for something in the house, and Quentin has no clue what it is. But he knows it’s valuable because whoever’s looking won’t give up.

Feeling abandoned by his parents, with only Magpie the stray cat as company, Quentin appeals to his new neighbour, the alluring but elusive Wanda, for help. But their chaotic amateur sleuthing will draw them into danger.

To get shot of the burglars, Quentin will need to solve a tricky puzzle. And grow a backbone. Is he up to the task?

The Mystery of the Hidden Fortune is the first in a series of light-hearted, humorous cozy mysteries by Christine McHaines. If you like your sleuthing heroes a bit fallible and rather clumsy, you’ll love Quentin and his clever cat.

This book will appeal to fans of Rachel Ward, Anita Waller, T.A. Williams. Look out for the second and third standalone titles in the series, The Mystery of the Lucky Cat, and The Mystery Down Under, out now.

Reviews:BBC news on First publishing deal for 77-year-old St Austell author wrote:

"A 77-year-old author has finally achieved her dream of getting a book deal with a publisher.

Christine McHaines, from St Austell in Cornwall, was shocked to get a call on her birthday offering a five-book deal.

Independent publisher The Book Folks said editors were intrigued by the adventures of amateur sleuth Quentin Cadbury in the cosy crime series..."