Halfway – there’s a killer behind and trouble ahead, by B E Jones
The Halfway Inn is closed to customers, side-lined by a bypass in the inhospitable, wild countryside. One winter’s night, deep in snow, Lee, a student hitching home for Christmas, and Becca a local nurse, end up knocking on the door as the blizzard takes hold.
But are they the first to arrive? Why is the landlord less than pleased to see them? And what is his elderly father, upstairs in bed immobilised by a stroke, trying so hard to tell them?
At the local police station PC Lissa Lloyd is holding the fort while the rest of her team share in the rare excitement of a brutal murder at an isolated farmhouse. A dangerous fugitive is on the run so when a call comes in saying the nurse is missing she jumps at the chance to escape the boredom and heads out into the snow.
The strangers at Halfway wait out the storm but soon realise they might have been safer on the road, especially when Lee finds something interesting in the cellar – which is nowhere near as interesting as what’s under the old man’s bed. It seems not all the travellers will make it home for Christmas…and if everyone is lying, then who do you trust?
Beverley Jones is a former newspaper reporter and BBC journalist who worked on all aspects of crime reporting producing stories for newspapers and live TV. She also worked as a press officer for South Wales police, dealing with the media and participating in criminal investigations, security operations and emergency planning.
Now a freelance writer and novelist she channels her experiences of ‘true crime’, and the murkier side of human nature, into her dark, psychological thrillers set in and around South Wales.
Halfway is her fifth crime novel. It is the second published by Little Brown, following the release of Where She Went in 2017. Find out more about Beverley here.