Wooo hooo!!!! It’s Thursday!! It’s nearly the weekend, can’t you just smell it?! I say this but I’m on annual leave so every day is the weekend at the moment!!
So today I’ve got an extract from Kim Booth’s A Cruel Deception to whet your literary appetite. Alongside me today is the lovely Jen Lucas over at Jen Med’s Book Reviews so make sure you head over and catch her post!
Massive thanks to the fabulous Sarah Hardy of Book On The Bright Side Publicity for inviting me on the blog tour!
‘No one knows this horrifying true crime case better than the detective who cracked it. Kim Booth will take you on an unforgettable journey into lies, deceit, cunning and malice.’ Nick Louth
For Joan and Ted Warner, an innocent and trusting couple, a chance encounter with Barbara Hendry, a cunning con-woman who turned their settled lives into a living nightmare.
The Warners were not victims of a remote scam, carried out over the internet by fraudsters from afar. For six years, faking a friendship face-to-face, this plausible woman carried off the impersonation of a member of the nobility fallen on hard times, manipulating the emotions of her victims, deceitfully draining them of every penny they had set aside for their retirement, and plunging them into debt.
Hendry’s intention was to slip away, having sucked the Warners dry of all their hard-earned savings. But for some dogged investigative work by a determined detective she would have succeeded and remained free to prey on other vulnerable victims.
Follow this journey of fraud and depravity in the company of the one man who knows the full story – the British detective who cracked the case and brought Barbara Hendry to justice. A Cruel Deception is an insightful and gripping work of true crime, which illustrates the depth of wickedness and the possibility that we can all be deceived.
The author retired from the Lincolnshire Police as Detective Inspector in charge of the Lincolnshire Police Economic Crime Unit. He now provides anti-fraud advice and fraud investigation on a consultancy basis together with assisting authors with police procedural issues and story lines.
After completing my house to house enquires with the neighbours I returned to the burgled premises and knocked on the door. The door was opened by a male being the husband who, in my absence had returned from work. I immediately recognised him as the manager from the loan company who had been very unreceptive to the plight of Joan and Ted Warner. I informed him that I had all the information I needed and would continue my enquiries with a view to catching their burglar. I was quite satisfied that he had not recognised me. After updating him I turned away to walk down the path and after a few steps I turned around and said to him, just one more thing Mr so and so I just wondered if you had any more thoughts on the plight of Mr. and Mrs. Warner and the possibility of extending the period of their loan to reduce the cost of the payments?”
Looking at the man I saw the instant sign of recognition on his face obviously remembering our previous conversation to which the man replied, “Er yes officer, I will deal with that first thing in the morning.” And he did! That’s what I call a “Columbo” moment!
Who Is Kim Booth?
Prior to joining the police I had numerous jobs; worked in a chicken factory for next to nothing, in a bakery, Royal Mail as a postman, with my dad who was a civil engineer construction roads and sewerage works and finally in a hotel. Had dealings with the CID and thought “I can do that” and joined the police with the sole intention of being a CID man! Joined Lincolnshire Police in July 1975.
Walked the streets in uniform for 18 months sorting yobbos out then given a car and latched onto drink drivers for a year then went into the CID at Louth in Lincolnshire for a year or so then Skegness for a summer season. Stayed in CID for twelve years at various location including the regional Crime Squad now National Crime Agency conducting static and mobile surveillance nationally dealing with murders, extortions, kidnaps and the like. Then promoted to Uniform Sergeant for two years and back in CID in the drug squad for four years as a Detective Sergeant. The next move was Detective Sergeant Special Branch dealing with all terrorist matter including surveillance, regional risk assessments on Economic Key points ie oil and gas terminals, National Infrastructure Gas Electricity and Water and all military establishments, threat assessments on high profile individuals such as judges, MPs and witness protection subjects etc.
Worked with the Security Services ie MI5 and MI6 and was a member of Home Office National Anti-Terrorism Exercise Programme setting up terrorist exercises both in the UK and abroad to test response of the local enforcement agencies. Promoted to Detective Inspector within Special Branch with 14 staff. Stayed there for five years then moved to Uniform Inspector in charge of the Lincolnshire Police Control room with 36 staff dealing and resourcing whatever came in authorised to deploy firearms officers to incidents. Two years in there (more than enough!) then moved to be in charge of the Economic and Hi Tech Crime Unit dealing with all frauds, Internet Crime together with the Paedophile Unit and Proceeds of Crime Unit 27 staff.
Stayed there for four years, retired on the Friday and started work the following Monday being the Senior Investigating Officer in charge of a $300 million fraud investigation involving 3,300 investors worldwide, worked with colleagues in New Zealand, Japan, America, Hong Kong, Bahamas and Canada. The case concluded in 2010 and I retired again!
Went fitting UPVC windows with a mate. Did that for 9 months, wrote a book on fraud, did some qualifications at Uni then came to work for TUI (Thomson and First Choice)as a Corporate Security Manager investigating fraud within the travel industry. Hobbies include property restoration, DIY and motor cycling. That’s a quick snap shot!
Three children, eldest son is a Police Officer in Lincolnshire. Middle daughter is a first aid trainer and the MK3 model daughter is a primary school teacher. Met the wife on the docks at Boston Lincolnshire (where she was working as policewoman I should add!)
Some things you didn’t know?
(1) Whilst engaged in a terrorist incident and working in COBRA under Whitehall I fell asleep on the Home Secretary’s bed! It was a 48 hour shift!
(2) Was engaged for two years putting MI5 and MI6 operatives through police interviews to test their legends (cover stories) under pressure, prior to deployment in foreign countries.
(3) Investigated 23 murders including two serial murderers, nine extortions and kidnaps involving Sainburys, Imperial Tobacco and Mars and investigated and detected the only murder by postal IED (Improvised Explosive Device) in the UK to date and a drugs related “contract killing”
(4) As a Uniformed Inspector in the force control room covering Lincolnshire I was authorised to deploy firearms officers to incidents but was considered not to be psychologically suitable to hold a Police Firearms permit to possess a firearm! Been a standing joke for years!!!
After retirement for the third time decided to write a few book of my experiences including a crime fiction loosely based on previous events (W.I.P.)
And the rest as they say is history!