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We aim to hightlight the progress being made by a few specially selected crime writers. They may not have been writing crime novels for very long but have shown talent and originality in what they have written so far.

My first new writer to crime writing is Winona Kent. You can find out about Winona HERE.


Lost Time
n 1974, top UK band Figgis Green was riding high in the charts with their blend of traditional Celtic ballads mixed with catchy, folky pop. One of their biggest fans was sixteen-year old Pippa Gladstone, who mysteriously vanished while she was on holiday with her parents in Spain in March that same year.

Now it's 2018, and founding member Mandy Green has reunited the Figs for their last-ever Lost Time Tour. Her partner, Tony Figgis, passed away in 1995, so his place has been taken by their son, professional jazz guitarist (and amateur sleuth) Jason Davey.

As the band meets in a small village on the south coast of England for pre-tour rehearsals, Jason's approached by Duncan Stopher, a diehard Figs fan, who brings him a photo of the band performing at the Wiltshire Folk Festival. Standing in the foreground is Pippa Gladstone. The only problem is the Wiltshire Folk Festival was held in August 1974, five months after Pippa disappeared. Duncan offers Jason a substantial sum of money to try and find out what really happened to the young woman, whose mother had her declared officially dead in 1981.

When Duncan is murdered, it becomes increasingly clear to Jason that his investigation into Pippa's disappearance is not welcome, especially after he follows a series of clues which lead him straight back to the girl's immediate family.

But nothing can prepare Jason for the truth about Pippa, which he discovers just as Figgis Green is about to take to the stage on opening night—with or without him


Read the few reviews Winona has received for 'Lost Time' on Amazon!

"I loved this book by former Londoner Winona Kent who now makes her home in New Westminster, British Columbia. What’s not to like? A wonderful journey through Hampshire on the southeast coast of England with amateur sleuth/musician Jason Davey as his family attempts to recreate fond band memories from the past and he tries to solve a particular challenging murder. It is light and funny and witty and eccentric with great dialogue and magical twists and turns. My first book by Winona Kent, but now I’ve got to back and read the rest of the series. My only hope is that there are more to come."

"A well thought out and well written book that holds the reader’s interest from beginning to end. It contains lots of twists. Winona’s writing style does not weigh the reader down with minutiae but rather lays it all out and is easy to follow as to who is who and what is what!!! This is the 3rd book that I’ve read and am looking forward to more in the series!!!"

"Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Notes on a Missing G-String (Book 1 in the series), I looked forward to this second installment. But I did wonder if Ms. Kent could possibly surpass the tension and pace of her previous work. I needn’t have worried. The storyline is an intriguing one filled with musical stage drama, subterfuge, crisp dialogue, and unexpected plot twists. I strongly recommend setting aside large uninterrupted blocks of time to read this unputdownable novel."