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If you love the TV shows The Great British Bake-off, Antiques Roadshow, and Midsomer Murders, and you like your crime without the gory bits, you'll love this charming new cosy crime series set in the fictional Yorkshire village of Chipwell.

Chipwell is one of those villages with a pub - The Chipwell Arms - a church and some stone cottages. Mostly though, it's home to Chipwell Barn Antique Centre - and it's cast of quirky dealers.

Philly Barker Investigates is the first book in a series of cosy crime novels set in the fictional Yorkshire village of Chipwell starring Philomena Barker, a middle-aged antique dealer. Philly, an accidental investigator, is ably assisted by her cocker spaniel, Balthazar; her sidekick, Inspector Robbie Dawkins; and the quirky dealers from Chipwell Barn Antiques.

There’s Ambrose and Eugene – the septuagenarian tweed-loving militaria traders – and their cranky cat Rochester; Simon, the furniture man, and his succession of heavy-metal band t-shirts; cat-like Bell who sells vintage fashion and accessories; and the Proctors – Tamsin and Henry – who deal in antiques meant for the outdoors and who remind Philly a little of Tom and Barbara Good from The Good Life. Finally, there’s Ginny, who runs the teahouse at the barn and produces amazing scones, pies, and parkin.

Are you ready to meet Philly Barker?

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Antiques, plenty of tea and scones, and a mystery you can curl up with…

When Chipwell antique dealer Philomena Barker spies a nineteenth-century painting of Whitby peeking out of a box of odds and sods at a York auction centre, she knows there’s something special about it. What she doesn’t know is that the painting holds a deeper secret – one that someone else would prefer to stay hidden.

When her shop is broken into and an elderly customer is violently assaulted in his own home, Philly joins forces with Inspector Robbie Dawkins to solve the mystery before anyone else is hurt.

But does Philly have what it takes to uncover the truth – or will her amateur sleuthing put her in harm’s way?

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When Chipwell antique dealer Philomena Barker is asked by Detective Inspector Robbie Dawkins to assist with identifying some stolen antiques, she’s only too happy to help.

It’s not long before Philly and Robbie identify a pattern – someone is breaking into the homes of elderly farmers in North Yorkshire and stealing their treasured antiques.

The investigation takes a deadly turn when their prime suspect is murdered, and Philly and Robbie will need all the help they can get if they’re to solve this puzzle.

With Robbie due to retire this case will be his last; but with the murderer one step ahead can Philly solve the case before it’s also her last?

Also available in print from your favourite online bookseller...

Buy now - Amazon
Buy now - other platforms