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Crime Fiction | A Sinner’s Prayer | M P Wright

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1970, St Pauls, Bristol. A new decade, and JT Ellington has stepped away from the private-eye game to scratch a living, respectable at last, as a school caretaker.

His nights are full of torment – guilt and ghosts that no prayers will banish. But it’s not until the past comes calling in the unwelcome form of Superintendent Fletcher that JT’s resolve is truly tested.

Fletcher has a job for JT – one that can’t be refused. A young man, Nikhil Suresh, has disappeared hours before his wedding; rumours abound and his family is distraught.

With blood money in his pocket, JT is plunged into a demi-monde of vice, violence and forbidden passion. An extraordinary, malevolent enemy is intent on destroying him. Now, seeking survival and redemption, JT must play as dirty and dangerous as those who want him dead.

A Sinner’s Prayer by M P Wright is published by Black & White Publishing (tomorrow 18th July 2019) and will be available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.


A Sinner’s Prayer is a historical crime fiction novel set in Bristol in the 1970’s. Told in the first person by JT Ellington, an immigrant who highlights the challenges he faces due to the colour of his skin. During this book there are several references to racial tension.

JT, working as a school caretaker, decides to quit as accused of stealing.  Before he was a police officer and Superintendent Fletcher persuades him to take on a case. Nikhil Suresh has gone missing and JT has to liase with police and criminals as he discovers connections to his past.

I found A Sinner’s Prayer to be violent, dark and full of interesting characters.

M.P. Wright is a great storyteller.

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Mark Wright was born in Leicestershire in 1965. He was employed in various roles within the music industry before working as a private investigator. He retrained in 1989 and spent the next twenty years in the mental health and probation services in the UK, specialising in risk assessment. A self-confessed aficionado of film, music and real ale, and father of two beautiful daughters, Mark lives with his partner and their two Rottweiler dogs, Tiff and Dylan.

Connect with M P Wright

Twitter @EllingtonWright

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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