New Novel is Murder Mystery Set in 1930s England

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Arlene Rubens Balin portrays detective’s search for suspects acting ‘With Intent to Murder’.

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Author Arlene Rubens Balin takes her readers back to late 1930s England, to a time when the Second World War was imminent, and to a place where a singular act of violence overrode this war scare, leaving the community paralyzed with fear of a hidden assailant acting “With Intent to Murder” (published by Xlibris). The novel follows Chief Investigator Maxwell Hamilton as he strives to get to the bottom of the case and bring the killer to justice.

The story begins in the early spring of 1938, in the township of St. Basil when the inspector is summoned to the opulent Hemstead Manor, where Squire Cyril Hemstead is found dead on his bed with a carving knife protruding from his back. With the killer still on the loose, the town grows fearful. The locals believe that the perpetrator is a stranger, an outsider, thinking that none of them could do such an evil thing. Inspector Hamilton diligently works to unravel the killer’s identity, and, in the process, he uncovers the secrets and scandals of the family members and associates of the deceased. They are parts of the intricate puzzle Inspector Hamilton is bent on deciphering in order to put an end to the mystery.

“With Intent to Murder” is aimed at engaging and surprising fans of the crime fiction and detective genres as well as casual readers with its unexpected twists and turns, and a narrative written by a true lover of the murder mystery.

“With Intent to Murder”
By Arlene Rubens Balin
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 126 pages | ISBN 9781499028256
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 126 pages | ISBN 9781499028263
E-Book | 126 pages | ISBN 9781499028249
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Arlene Rubens Balin is a native San Franciscan now residing in Sonoma, Calif. with her husband, Kon. She is the mother of six grown children and the grandmother of eight. She now has the time to pursue her love of writing. “With Intent to Murder” is her first novel and she has already begun her second Inspector Max Hamilton mystery set in pre-WW2 London. Her first book, “Born Stateless, a Young Man’s Story” is a memoir of her husband’s extraordinary life published in 2010.

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