The Somme Legacy by M J Lee Review


July 1, 1916. The Somme, France.

A British Officer prepares to go over the top on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

March 28, 2016. Manchester. England.

Genealogical investigator Jayne Sinclair, a former police detective, is commissioned by a young teacher to look into the history of his family. The only clues are a medallion with purple, white and green ribbons, and an old drawing of a young woman.

Her quest leads to a secret buried in the trenches of World War One for over 100 years.

Who was the real heir to the Lappiter millions?

From the author of the best selling, The Irish Inheritance, comes a gripping new book revealing family secrets hidden in the fog of war.

The Somme Legacy is the second book in the Jayne Sinclair genealogical mystery series, but it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.


I really enjoyed The Irish Inheritance, the first book in the Jayne Sinclair series, so I was really excited to pick up this one. It can be enjoyed as a standalone though, as it states in the blurb. In this book, Jayne has to try to uncover a secret buried 100 years in the past, in order to uncover who the real heir to the Lappiter fortune is. In a twisty, fast-paced story, she unearths a complex web of lies and a lot more besides…

This is yet another well-written book from M J Lee, who has managed to create a compelling story that keeps you guessing until the end. A couple of times, I thought I had everything sussed until the rug was pulled from under me! Jayne is a great protagonist: wicked smart with a passion for history and genealogy that leads her into the most unexpected cases. The books have an air of the TV show Cold Case, as Jayne delves into the past for the answers her clients crave. If you’re looking for a mystery with something a little extra to offer, I’d highly recommend this book!



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About M.J Lee

Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, tv commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.

He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England. In London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.
Whilst working in Shanghai, he loved walking through the old quarter of that amazing city, developing the idea behind a series of crime novels featuring Inspector Pyotr Danilov, set in 1920s and 30s.
When he’s not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, practicing downhill ironing, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.






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