Audiobook Review: The Custard Corpses, by M.J. Porter

The Custard Corpses, a delicious 1940s mystery.

Birmingham, England, 1943.

While the whine of the air raid sirens might no longer be rousing him from bed every night, a two-decade-old unsolved murder case will ensure that Chief Inspector Mason of Erdington Police Station is about to suffer more sleepless nights.

Young Robert McFarlane’s body was found outside the local church hall on 30th September 1923. But, his cause of death was drowning, and he’d been missing for three days before his body was found. No one was ever arrested for the crime. No answers could ever be given to the grieving family. The unsolved case has haunted Mason ever since.

But, the chance discovery of another victim, with worrying parallels, sets Mason, and his constable, O’Rourke, on a journey that will take them back over twenty-five years, the chance to finally solve the case, while all around them the uncertainty of war continues, impossible to ignore.


My Review

Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising the tour and to the author for my Audible code.

Sam Mason is haunted by a child murder from 1923, and after twenty years, doesn’t expect to solve it. But then a new piece of evidence, another murder three years later, comes to his attention. With the help of a WPC, he restarts the investigation and finds something that utterly disturbs everyone. In the process, he realises his wife is a genius, his colleagues are often useless, and things have come a long way in twenty years. A new type of criminal he’s never met before is exposed. There are creepy secrets in even the most mundane of objects, like custard adverts; Mason and company put together the clues and follow the trail across country from the Black Country to Cambridgeshire, via Devon, London, and Inverness, to find their criminal.

Mason and his colleagues are well-rounded characters and the story is gripping. I like the description and the use of period details to bring the time and place to life, and the realities of policing in wartime and before many of the forensic skills people take for granted today were available.

The narration was good, with the narrator giving each character their own voice.

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Author Bio – I’m an author of historical fiction (Early English, Vikings and the British Isles as a whole before the Norman Conquest) and fantasy (Viking age/dragon-themed). I’ve recently written a relatively modern mystery novel set in 1943. I was born in the old Mercian kingdom at some point since 1066. Raised in the shadow of a strange little building, told from a very young age that it housed the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia and that our garden was littered with old pieces of pottery from a long-ago battle, it’s little wonder that my curiosity in Early England ran riot. I can only blame my parents!

I write A LOT. You’ve been warned!

Find me at and @coloursofunison on twitter.

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