Sep 21

Announcing the Next Book in the Ben Schroeder Series!

I am pleased to announce that I have delivered the next book in the Ben Schroeder Series, entitled And is there Honey still for Tea? to No Exit Press, and the provisional publication date is April 2015.  This book should interest anyone who likes tales of espionage, and anyone interested in chess. Those who recognise the title as a line from Rupert Brooke’s poem Grantchester may make the link between the publication date and the 100th anniversary of the poet’s death.  But the book is not about Rupert Brooke, and has nothing directly to do with him except for the title – a strange one, I admit!  I would like to say more about that, but if I did, I would have to give away too much of the story!  Suffice it to say that the story brings Ben into contact with the world of the Cambridge spies.  It is set in 1965, less than two years after Kim Philby’s defection, and (as we now know) just a year after Anthony Blunt’s confession to spying.  Sir James Digby QC, a Baronet and successful Silk, and a leading chess player, seems to be the epitome of everything British.  He seems to have it all – wealth, professional acclaim,  high social standing.  But when an unknown American academic, Professor Francis R. Hollander, publishes an article accusing Digby of being a long-serving Soviet spy, his world begins to crumble.  He turns to Ben and his head of chambers, Bernard Wesley QC, for help in suing Hollander for libel to restore his good name.  At first, it appears that Hollander has no evidence to support his allegations, and that Digby will win his case with ease.  But as the Security Services become involved in the case, the waters start to get murky, and soon Ben is no longer sure whether he can save Digby from prosecution, disgrace, and ruin.  Those interested in Ben’s romance with Jess Farrar, which began in A Matter for the Jury, will not be disappointed.  Their relationship moves, although not without some difficulties, to another level.  I will keep you up to date with publication plans, and I hope you will enjoy it.

2 comments

    • Terence Duley on October 29, 2014 at 9:35 pm
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    Dear PM,
    I enjoyed very much reading your previous book ‘A Matter for the Jury’. I had wondered how you would maintain the suspense until the final verdict. You did it with total success. I also remember the Hanratty trial, and the ensuing questions about the death sentence.

    However, since then I have also been spreading the good news of your literary output to my nearest and dearest. At the moment this totals about 5 readers but it is expanding!

    I await your next book ‘And is there Honey still for Tea?’ with great anticipation.

    Terry Duley

    1. Dear Terry, I am glad you enjoyed ‘A Matter for the Jury’, and I am really grateful for your spreading the word. Whether it is 5 or 50 readers, it is much appreciated. I hope to see you again before too long.

      Best regards,

      Peter

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