Jessica Brick is a spinster sleuth with a difference — she’s absolutely clueless.
After forty years as a school teacher, Jessica is fired when her eccentric behaviour leaves a room full of children on trial for a crime no one committed. After thinking she has lost everything, Jessica learns that she’s been given a new lease of life.
Before long, Jessica’s sleepy English village become a hotbed of murder and mischief, and Jessica realises her dream of becoming an amateur detective. The only problem is that she has no deductive skills. At all.
Sometimes, Jessica is accompanied by her nephew Victor, a bestselling writer of thrillers who is always taking long holidays with exotic men; sometimes, his wife joins Jessica, gin bottle (or any bottle) firmly in hand; and sometimes it’s Jessica’s other nephew, a freeloading womaniser called Harry. The worst-case scenario for Jessica is working alongside her older sister, Constance.
In the course of her many investigations, Jessica makes new friends and allies, including a tarot card reader and the harangued local police inspector, Jeremy Rathbone. When no one is around, she telephones the vicar’s wife, who deleted her number a long time ago.
If you like Miss Marple, Jessica Fletcher, and Agatha Raisin, you’ll be delighted to meet the well-meaning Jessica Brick.