Friday 26 July 2013


Each part of Britain has its own fictional sleuth and Norwich is now no exception to the rule. The past two years have seen the emergence of a new sleuth on the block, Inspector Ketch of the Norwich Police. Ketch is a pseudonym for DCI Huw Price, who earned the sobriquet from his colleagues after they found out that one of his ancestors was the Regency hangman Jack Ketch.
Ketch features in four volumes of crime stories written by local Aylsham based author and Conan Doyle aficionado Kelvin Jones, the latest of these being the ebook, "The Norwich Murder Files - An Inspector Ketch Omnibus". An old style copper now in his 50's, Ketch is a luddite in this digital world and also something of an alcoholic. He uses traditional methods and pure instinct to unravel his cases.
Things are not going well for DCI Ketch of the Norwich police. He's a father at 50 years old and deprived of sleep, the Latvian drug case has been thrown out by the DPP and he's in trouble with the Deputy Chief Constable once again. So when news reaches him of a John Doe in fashionable Elm Hill in the city, he hopes for a speedy conclusion to the case. At first it appears the victim was stabbed as the result of a mugging, but his identity remains an utter mystery. And what precisely is the significance of the dead man's diary, written in French? It's a tough nut to crack for the seasoned Norfolk policeman but Ketch never gives up in the most recent ebook, The Elm Hill Corpse.

The Ketch stories (all published as ebooks in the Kindle series: Murder Most Easterly and The Norwich Murder Files) depict a changing social landscape and range in theme from domestic murders to drugs and slave trafficking. And, like all good crime tales, all of the Ketch stories utilise the East Anglian landscape to powerful and often dramatic effect, from the brooding fens to the ancient environs of Norwich city.
Author Kelvin I. Jones has been a prolific writer for a quarter of a century. He has published six books about Sherlock Holmes and the only study on Conan Doyle’s interest in spiritualism, as well as numerous articles about the Victorian detective.
The Elm Hill Corpse is available as an ebook through Amazon.

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