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The Contraband Killings by Lucienne Boyce


Genre: Historical fiction

Tour Dates: 5th - 11th December 2022

Publication Date: September 2022

Standalone Fourth book in a series

Estimated Page Count: 276

Formats available: Epub, PDF and Paperbacks

Types of post available: Reviews, extracts, Q&As and limited guest posts

Principal Officer Dan Foster of the Bow Street Runners is sent to collect smuggler Watcyn Jones from Beaumaris Gaol on Anglesey, and bring him back to London for trial at the Old Bailey. As if having to travel to the wilds of North Wales isn’t bad enough, Dan is saddled with an inexperienced constable as his interpreter and assistant. At least it’s a routine assignment and shouldn’t take more than a few days.


But when the prison escort is ambushed and Watcyn Jones escapes, a straightforward transfer turns into a desperate manhunt. And as Jones’s enemies start to die, the chase becomes more urgent than ever. Dan’s search for the killer brings him up against a ruthless smuggling gang – and his chances of getting off the island alive begin to look far from promising.

About Lucienne Boyce

Lucienne Boyce writes historical fiction, non-fiction and biography. After gaining an MA in English Literature, specialising in eighteenth-century fiction, she published her first historical novel, To The Fair Land (2012, reissued 2021), an eighteenth-century thriller set in Bristol and the South Seas.


Her second historical novel, Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery (2015, reissued 2022) is the first of the Dan Foster Mysteries and follows the fortunes of a Bow Street Runner who is also an amateur pugilist. Bloodie Bones was joint winner of the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016, and was also a semi-finalist for the M M Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction 2016. The second Dan Foster Mystery, The Butcher’s Block (2017, reissued 2022), was awarded an IndieBrag Medallion in 2018. The third in the series, Death Makes No Distinction (2019, reissued 2022), is also an IndieBrag Medallion honoree, recipient of Chill With a Book Premium Readers’ Award, and a joint Discovering Diamonds book of the month. In 2017 an e-book Dan Foster novella, The Fatal Coin, was published by S-Books. The Fatal Coin is now available in paperback.


The Bristol Suffragettes, a history of the suffragette campaign in Bristol and the South West of England, was published in 2013. In 2017 Lucienne published a collection of short essays, The Road to Representation: Essays on the Women’s Suffrage Campaign. 


Other Publications


‘Not So Militant Browne’ in Suffrage Stories: Tales from Knebworth, Stevenage, Hitchin and Letchworth (Stevenage Museum, 2019)


‘Victoria Lidiard’ in The Women Who Built Bristol, Jane Duffus (Tangent Books, 2018)


‘Tramgirls, Tommies and the Vote’ in Bristol and the First World War: The Great Reading Adventure 2014 (Bristol Cultural Development Partnership/Bristol Festival of Ideas, 2014)

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Blog Tour Schedule

Maximum 3 stops per day.  Confirmed blogs will appear here. 

5th December

  1. Jera's Jamboree

  2. Northernreader

  3. The Book Decoder

6th December

  1. Kathryn Books

  2. Sharon Beyond The Books

  3. Celticlady's Reviews

7th December

  1. Jaffareadstoo

  2. Broad Thoughts from a Home

  3. Chez Maximka

8th December

  1. onecreativeartist

  2. It Takes A Woman

  3. The Magic of Wor(l)ds

9th December

  1. Book Reviews by Taylor

  2. Ginger Book Geek

  3. Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

10th December

  1. @MiriamSmith45 - A Mother’s Musings

  2. Books by Bindu

  3. Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

11th December

  1. Lyndas_bookreview (IG)

  2. Novel Kicks

  3. @mrsbookburnee

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