Blog Tour Giveaway: The Winter Siege by D.W. Bradbridge

Passages to the Past is honored to be kicking off D.W. Bradbridge's The Winter Siege Virtual Tour with a chance for one of you lucky people to win a copy!

Winter Siege 

Publication Date: October 1, 2013 | Electric Reads | Paperback; 488p

1643. The armies of King Charles I and Parliament clash in the streets and fields of England, threatening to tear the country apart, as winter closes in around the parliamentary stronghold of Nantwich. The royalists have pillaged the town before, and now, they are returning. But even with weeks to prepare before the Civil War is once more at its gates, that doesn’t mean the people of Nantwich are safe.

While the garrison of soldiers commanded by Colonel George Booth stand guard, the town’s residents wait, eyeing the outside world with unease, unaware that they face a deadly threat from within. Townspeople are being murdered – the red sashes of the royalists left on the bodies marking them as traitors to the parliamentary cause.

When the first dead man is found, his skull caved in with a rock, fingers start being pointed, and old hatreds rise to the surface. It falls to Constable Daniel Cheswis to contain the bloodshed, deputising his friend, Alexander Clowes, to help him in his investigations, carried out with the eyes of both armies on his back. And they are not the only ones watching him.

He is surrounded by enemies, and between preparing for the imminent battle, watching over his family, being reunited with his long-lost sweetheart, and trying, somehow, to stay in business, he barely has time to solve a murder.

With few clues and the constant distraction of war, can Cheswis protect the people of Nantwich? And which among them need protecting? Whether they are old friends or troubled family, in these treacherous times, everyone’s a traitor, in war, law, or love.

When the Winter Siege is through, who will be among the bodies?

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About the Author

D.W. Bradbridge was born in 1960 and grew up in Bolton. He has lived in Crewe, Cheshire since 2000, where he and his wife run a small magazine publishing business for the automotive industry.

“The inspiration for The Winter Siege came from a long-standing interest in genealogy and local history. My research led me to the realisation that the experience endured by the people of Nantwich during December and January 1643-44 was a story worth telling. I also realised that the closed, tension-filled environment of the month-long siege provided the ideal setting for a crime novel.

“History is a fascinating tool for the novelist. It consists only of what is remembered and written down, and contemporary accounts are often written by those who have their own stories to tell. But what about those stories which were forgotten and became lost in the mists of time?

“In writing The Winter Siege, my aim was to take the framework of real history and fill in the gaps with a story of what could, or might have happened. Is it history or fiction? It’s for the reader to decide.”

For more information please visit D.W. Bradbridge's website. You can also find him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

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Monday, April 7
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Tuesday, April 8
Review at Must Read Faster

Wednesday, April 9
Review at Staircase Wit

Friday, April 11
Review at A Bibliotaph's Reviews

Monday, April 14
Review at Princess of Eboli

Wednesday, April 16
Spotlightat Caroline Wilson Writes
Interview at Layered Pages

Thursday, April 17
Interview at MK McClintock Blog
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Friday, April 18
Review at bookramblings
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views


To enter to win a copy of The Winter Siege please complete the form below. The giveaway is open to US, UK, and Canadian residents and ends on April 18th.

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  1. The hero seems to have his hands full. Then, there is also a murder to solve. He has a family and a long lost love come again? I do love Historical Fiction.

  2. A fascinating historical which interests me. Thanks for this feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. a definite 'add' to my Wish List!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!

  4. It sounds like a wonderful book. I love that it has some mystery to it. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  5. I love historical fiction and the English Civil War has become a favorite setting. This book sounds wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I have read so many wonderful reviews about this book! I followed the last tour and was excited to see it would be coming around again....more chances to win a copy for when I learn how not to sleep (so I can read more books :) )!

    Thanks Amy!

  7. I'm definitely going to read this one. Free would be nice. :) Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. A murder mystery in 1643, how exciting!

  9. A murderer on the loose, while the town is under siege, sounds like an exciting plot. I have not read any mysteries set during the English Civil War yet. Thank you for the giveaway.


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