Audio Book 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.


The Custard Corpses is my first book by M. J. Porter and I can honestly say this was a great introduction to this author. I had an advance copy as an audio book and the narrator can either make or break an audio version. in this case the narrator, Matt Coles lends a certain something to this eerie murder story. Set during the War which is a constant background, the policemen, Inspector Mason and Constable Hamish O’Rourke revisit an old case that quickly spirals out of control. It’s a chilling case that having never been solved, O’Rourke finds he needs to find the culprit second time round. The investigation process is thorough and holds your attention as everything begins to fall into place. I became completely absorbed in the process and the fabulous characters. The way the investigation builds is fascinating. I love trying to work out the whodunit and I did find myself feeling like I was working it all out with the characters. I was totally invested in the case and the ending was superb. The creepy unsettling murders really hold your attention. The Custard connection is very creative but I’m not going to spoil anyone’s enjoyment by saying what that is.

All in all a great intro to MJ Porter and I will definitely be seeking out more books by this creative writer who gets the police procedure spot on. A creepy suspenseful, historical read. Highly recommended.


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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With Thanks for Advance Audio Copy to……..

Rachel Gilby

M. J. Porter AUTHOR


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