Dead Letters

“If you want to find me, search within these pages.”

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Dead Letters

“If you want to find me, search within these pages.”

Bestselling author Richard Debden is missing. The only clue: a copy of his unpublished final novel delivered to his ex-girlfriend, Amy. When those closest to Richard reunite for his memorial, Amy turns to Chris, his former best friend, to help unravel the mystery. Could Richard still be alive and in need of their help?

Richard’s manuscript tells of two abandoned children in wartime Britain, instructed by a shadowy Postmaster to deliver letters to ghosts and release them from their torment. As Chris and Amy delve into the text, they identify parallels between fiction and reality; clues to a trail that leads across the country and – they hope – to Richard.

But they are not the only interested party. A mysterious society is following them, their motives unclear. Can Chris and Amy unlock the secrets of Dead Letters, or will more sinister forces get there first?

Dead Letters is the captivating second novel by P.J. Murphy, author of Troubleshot.


“A really immersive and captivating read – two interlinked stories in one – past and present overlapping and intertwining to create a brilliant plot… An intelligent, thoughtful and engaging mystery” LoveReading

Dead Lettersis a great book to pick up next. If you’re a fan of light-hearted yet meaningful adventures with good characters and literary cores, you won’t be disappointed.” Electra Nanou, Reedsy Discovery

“This well-written book, encapsulating a story within a story, will captivate readers seeking a richly layered and intellectually stimulating literary experience.” Literary Titan

What readers say about the book🧐

‘Dead Letters’ is a mystery fiction story about Chris, who happens to attend the funeral of his old friend Richard after he has disappeared for a year. Chris realizes that his old friend has left an unpublished final novel that provides clues and information within its pages, enabling him and Richard’s girlfriend, Amy, to find him. As you read along you, the story gets increasingly mysterious with much drama and twists and turns; you realize that you are in for an exciting adventure.The story is written well, and due to its nature of skillful writing, you are constantly on the edge wanting to know what’s going to happen next. I found the concept enjoyable and felt the author has paid attention to details enough to not lose its intensity.I recommend this book to drama and mystery fans.

S. J. Main

(Amazon Review)
About the Author

P.J. Murphy

P.J. Murphy writes novels that introduce unusual and humorous twists to classic genres. If you pick up one of his books, you’re in for an interesting read that never loses its sense of fun.

As a writer, P.J. tries to stick to the adage ‘write what you know’, although with the addition, ‘just make sure you exaggerate and distort it beyond all recognition’. He is planning to write a novel about taking a road trip with a parrot. He has never owned a parrot.

You can find out more about P.J. and follow his blog at www.pjmurphywriter.com

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“If you want to find me, search within these pages.”

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