By Mary Jayne Baker (writing as Penny Blackwell)

Murder at the Bonfire


Preparations are underway for Cherrywood’s annual celebration of Guy Fawkes Night…

When it’s announced that the hotly anticipated ‘Penny for the Guy’ trail will have a celebrity judge – former DJ ‘Screaming’ Ade Adams – competition steps up amongst the villagers.

But as everyone gathers for the main event, Ade is found dead atop the bonfire with three mysterious tarot cards in his pocket, and barmaid and part-time sleuth Tess Feather suspects foul play. Why would anyone in Cherrywood want the retired disc jockey dead? And could there be a connection to a recently returned villager: Tess’s estranged brother Mikey?

Once again, Tess is forced to team up with her ex-boyfriend – private investigator Liam Hanley – and her friends Raven and Oliver as they investigate a tale of murder and vengeance that could go all the way to the top.


Mary Jayne Baker

Mary Jayne Baker is an award-winning author of contemporary romantic comedies from Bingley, West Yorkshire. She likes to write flirty, funny stories about women with flaws and the men who love them. Mary Jayne is published by Aria Fiction and represented by Hannah Todd at Madeleine Milburn Agency. She was the recipient of the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy of the Year Award 2020 for A Question of Us.

Mary Jayne also writes funny, heartfelt contemporary women’s fiction as Lisa Swift, uplifting wartime sagas as Betty Firth and Gracie Taylor, and cosy mysteries as Penny Blackwell. You can find out more about her books under her different identities here.

Mary Jayne is a member of the Society of Authors, the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Crime Writers’ Association and the Historical Writers’ Association.

In addition to her novels, Mary Jayne also writes scripts for pantomimes that are available to license for amateur and professional productions.

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Other Books by Mary Jayne

The Cherrywood Murders (as Penny Blackwell)

A spot of tea. A slice of murder…

War Comes to the Dales (as Betty Firth)

Can she help the village survive the war?

A New Home in the Dales (as Betty Firth)

She’s gone from city to village, but can she ever fit in?

Santa Maybe

Will love be on her list this Christmas?


This joyous book will make you groan and also smile, laugh, believe in magic and fairy tales.

Rachel’s Random Reads


Funny and infused with real warmth, realism and wit.

Chicks, Rogues and Scandals


You’ll be amazed (as I was) at the level of heart, love and nuance that Baker infuses in a story that feels real and plausible.

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