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Walk in the footsteps of history to uncover a Southsea mystery

Posted: Aug 3, 2021 10:47 AM
A love of history and the place he calls home inspired Southsea author Jack Wells to create a mystery book the whole family can enjoy.

The founder of Mystery Guides and recent winner of the Start Up Business of the Year at the Business Excellence Awards 2021 has chosen to put his latest book in Southsea and has included many landmarks and historical events.

“I created a fictional story based on facts and incorporating local history. I was born here and the history of this place is something that I love.

“You will find references to the Spithead Mutiny, Mary Rose and the Battle of Southsea – people can learn a lot about the place by walking around Southsea picking up clues.

“It’s certainly not a history book, but it’s full of historical snippets that I hope people find interesting,” he said.

Having studied history in college, Jack put his love of the past to good use by organizing tours of Old Portsmouth and it developed with an element of a scavenger hunt.

“I ended up developing an app because I wasn’t always available to run the tours, and then I wrote my first book.

“The book ended up being more successful than the app and I continued to write a whole series from there,” he said

Jack will be launching his book Southsea at the Queens Hotel on Friday August 6 with characters from Southsea Mystery Adventure brought to life and the chance to meet the author.

The Queens Hotel is featured in the book and supports Jack’s business. Everyone who purchases a copy at the launch event will be entered into a raffle to win a family ticket to the last children’s party of the summer on August 23.

A grand prize of an overnight stay for two will also be offered to the family who solves all the clues in the book and reveals the mystery. Participants must mark the hotel in photos when traveling in Southsea.

Chief Executive Officer Catherine Austen said: “We love the idea that Jack’s book is something families can follow to learn more about Southsea – and it’s an activity kids and parents can do together over summer vacation.”


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