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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, new book, The Cold Distance by Neil Coley, is a cold case mystery about an apparent suicide in a group of friends fifty years previously.
The Cold Distance
This intriguing second novel by Neil Coley, which comes out on March 28, 2023, immediately piques one’s interest.
The author’s decision to make Robert Cross a crime fiction author further enhances the authenticity of the plot in this original tale of deep buried secrets that are supposedly destined to be revealed fifty years after the “event.” Robert Cross is drawn to learning the truth about the apparent suicide of one of their group members fifty years earlier.
The Cold Distance is a unique cold case mystery with a plot that allows the author to explore themes like time passing, personal regrets, and nostalgia. It is the ideal holiday read. and one that will undoubtedly receive five-star reviews.
Neil Coley explained that The Cold Distance takes place partly in the present and partly in the early 1970s at a university in the North of England.
After fifty years, successful crime writer Robert Cross decides to organize a reunion of his university friends. He slowly learns, as he travels the country meeting up with his former acquaintances and talking to them, that the 1973 death of one of his group members was not a suicide as he had always thought; rather, it was more mysterious. He gradually begins to investigate the events of a long time ago and discovers that a friend of his is a murderer. He begins to piece together the story of what took place in 1973 and discover the truth while imagining his own fictional detective working on the case. In addition, the chapters’ titles create a “playlist” of music from the late 1960s and early 1970s to accompany the chapters’ events.
Neil Coley was born in Birmingham and currently resides in Lichfield, Staffordshire.
He holds a postgraduate certificate in education, as well as a B.A. in history and politics from Lancaster University and an M.A. in media from De Montfort University. He spent many years teaching secondary school in Staffordshire.
He has written and published several books on local history and short stories about Lichfield since retiring from teaching. In 2021, he published An Alien Autumn, his debut novel.
He likes to write and read, walk, watch movies, go to the theater, watch cricket, and go to a good pub.
Lichfield Stories is one of the books that Neil Coley has published. The Days of Lichfield; The Lichfield Group; The Spy and the Pretty; Pubs in Lichfield; Lichfield in secret; An Unknown Autumn
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Published by Cranthorpe Millner Publishers, The Cold Distance (ISBN: 978-1-80378-102-0) is published on 28th March 2023 and is available in paperback (£10.99) and Kindle format.
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