Ann’s War

Welcome to Ann’s War a series of five mysteries set during the Second World War.

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Betrayal, the first story in Ann’s War, is set on the South Wales coast. The story centres on Ann, a young recently married secretary and her relationships with her husband, Emrys, a man working for British Intelligence, and Detective Inspector Max Devereaux, a widower. The mystery centres on an alleged infidelity, which leads to murder.

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Four individual mysteries will follow Betrayal. These mysteries will include the preparations for D-Day, a mass escape from a prisoner of war camp and the VE Day celebrations. Although the stories will be fictitious they will be based on factual events. At the conclusion of story five Ann’s story arc will be complete.

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One of the stories in Ann’s War features the Welsh Great Escape when 67, 70 or 84 – depending on your sources – German POWs escaped from Island Farm POW camp in Bridgend. Pictured, Field Marshall von Runstedt, General Blumentritt, General Heinrici and Field Marshall von Kleist arriving at Bridgend Railway Station en route to Island Farm after attending the Nuremburg war crimes trials.

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Emrys and Ann Morgan’s car, a stylish 1938 Jensen S-Type.

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Ann’s War is a mystery series set against the social history backdrop of the Second World War. Ann Morgan, the reluctant detective in the series, is fictitious. However, she is loosely based on real women of the period. For example, in the 1940s Melodie Walsh established herself as a private detective. Melodie Walsh’s father was a close friend of G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc. Initially, Melodie worked as an actress – along with modelling, a middle-class career path for young women in the 1930s – before establishing her agency. Her bread and butter tasks included divorces and writ-serving, although glamorous assignments also presented themselves – on one occasion, Melodie went undercover as a model to foil a series of fur thefts. With her father’s social connections, Melodie was in demand, hired by people who wished to gain information while avoiding a scandal. In the 1940s, private detective work was still predominantly a male profession. However, through the likes of Melodie Walsh women were beginning to assert themselves.
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