The Somme Legacy Blog Tour: Guest post by M J Lee.

I am thrilled to be taking part in this blog tour and have an interesting guest post from M J  Lee on unclaimed legacies.  I’ve been a fan of Martin’s work since I discovered him through his Inspector Danilov series and would have posted a review of this book as part of the tour were I less busy and had more reading time than I currently have.  Having said that I have read and really enjoyed the previous Jayne Sinclair mystery, my review can be found here, and I already have The Somme Legacy on my tbr list for when I have a little more time so hopefully it won’t be long before I’m able to read what I know will be a fascinating story.


Blurb:   July 1, 1916. The Somme, France.

A British Officer prepares to go over the top on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

March 28, 2016. Manchester. England.

Genealogical investigator Jayne Sinclair, a former police detective, is commissioned by a young teacher to look into the history of his family. The only clues are a medallion with purple, white and green ribbons, and an old drawing of a young woman.

Her quest leads to a secret buried in the trenches of World War One for over 100 years.

Who was the real heir to the Lappiter millions?

From the author of the best selling, The Irish Inheritance, comes a gripping new book revealing family secrets hidden in the fog of war.


The Somme Legacy is the second book in the Jayne Sinclair genealogical mystery series, but it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.



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Guest post:  Have you been left millions by a long-lost relative?

Each day in Britain people die intestate, without leaving any kind of will. What happens to their property, their assets and the money left in their bank accounts?

The short answer is that it ends up in the sticky fingers of those bowler-hatted gents in the Treasury. Unless, somebody claims it.

This is the background to my latest book, The Somme Legacy, featuring genealogical investigator, Jayne Sinclair. She is commissioned by a young teacher to research a lost legacy, left by the last Lord Lappiter when he died without leaving a will. Unfortunately, the only clues are a medallion with purple, white and green ribbons, and an old drawing of a young woman.

Her quest leads to a secret buried in the trenches of World War One for over 100 years. Who was the real heir to the Lappiter millions?

Of course, my story is fiction but it is based on what actually happens.

If you want to discover if you have been left money, there is a simple way to find out. Log on to and check the list. Here you will find all the intestate inheritances that have been notified to the British Government, and which no relative has already claimed.

The list is updated daily and all the people on it must have at least 750 pounds in unclaimed assets. If you are a long lost relative, you need to register your claim with the Bona Vacantia division of the Government Legal Department.

You have to be quick though. The Bona Vacantia division generally waits twelve years (in some cases 30 years) before it closes an account. Once it does that, the money is snatched by the Treasury and the assets are lost forever in the maws of the Government, funding our ever-growing National Debt..

So why not log on today? You never know, you may have been left a million pounds that you knew nothing about….


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About M.J. Lee

Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, tv commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.
He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England. In London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.

Whilst working in Shanghai, he loved walking through the old quarter of that amazing city, developing the idea behind a series of crime novels featuring Inspector Pyotr Danilov, set in 1920s and 30s.

When he’s not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, practicing downhill ironing, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.










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