A Necessary Murder

A Heloise Chancey Mystery

M.J. Tjia

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A Necessary Murder

A Heloise Chancey Mystery

M.J. Tjia

Stoke Newington, 1863: Little Margaret Lovejoy is found brutally murdered in the outhouse of her family’s estate.

A few days later, another victim is found on the doorstep of Eurasian courtesan and professional detective Heloise Chancey at her prestigious address. At the same time, Heloise’s mother, Amah Li Leen, must confront events from her past that threaten her present.

In a maelstrom of murder and deceit, Heloise is caught up in a crime that reaches into the very heart of her existence.

 

“What a treat! A cracking historical mystery featuring not one, but two, tough, resourceful, brave and interesting female leads. Heloise and Amah are somehow both women of their time and the heroines we desperately need in ours.”  – Emily Maguire

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    Published 01-09-2018 ISBN 9781925700114
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M.J. Tjia

M.J. Tjia

M.J. Tjia

M.J. Tjia - Author of The Heloise Chancey Series.

Tjia has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies. Her novella The Fish Girl won Seizure’s Viva la Novella, 2017.

She has been shortlisted for the Josephine Ulrick Short Story Prize, Overland’s Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize, Fish Short Story Prize, and the Luke Bitmead Bursary and longlisted for CWA dagger awards. Her work has appeared in Review of Australian Fiction, Rex, Peril and Shibboleth and Other Stories.

She Be Damned is M.J. Tjia’s debut novel, and is the first instalment in her Heloise Chancey historical crime series.

M.J. lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her family, and as of Janurary 2018 is now the Prose Editor of Peril Magazine.

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“What a treat! A cracking historical mystery featuring not one, but two, tough, resourceful, brave and interesting female leads. Heloise and Amah are somehow both women of their time and the heroines we desperately need in ours. A NECESSARY MURDER is smart, raunchy and thrillingly subversive.”

“[A] historical whodunnit that had me thinking of Mr. Whicher at times and E.C.R. Lorac at others, the reader is whisked into a world of oriental Victorian deception and murder.”

“Tjia’s evocation of the past in A Necessary Murder makes a political point…the politics functions more as spice and the pleasures of the text are enhanced because of it.”