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Bestselling author James Henry brings 80s Essex to life

20 Jul Bestselling author James Henry brings 80s Essex to life

A new book by James Henry, bestselling author of the Inspector Frost prequels is set to bring 80s Essex to life.

This is the second DI Inspector Nick Lowry book by the local author, the first – Blackwater, was Essex Life book of the month and sold over 300 copies in Waterstones Colchester alone.

The book dubbed Yellowhammer is a compelling crime read set around Colchester, Coggeshall, Rowhedge, Chelmsford and the surrounding countryside.

Author James was born and brought up in Essex and has lived in Billericay, Colchester and Coggeshall and local readers of his books will spot plenty of familiar landmarks – including some blasts from the past (the book is set in the 1980s) such as the now defunct Colne Lodge nightclub.

The plot in Yellowhammer takes in the antiques dealers of Coggeshall (made famous by Lovejoy having been filmed there) and local folk tales, superstitions and traditions – Coggeshall was one of the last recorded places to burn a witch. James has even drawn on his own experience of windsurfing – and, once, like his character being rescued down at Mersea by the RNLI.