End of Term

A new novel by AC Koning × out 19th november 2018


It is 1935. Blind war veteran Frederick Rowlands, accompanied by his wife Edith, is attending the end of term festivities at St Gertrude’s College, Cambridge, when a research student is found dead in suspicious circumstances.

As one of the last to see the young woman alive, Rowlands finds himself caught up in the police investigation— discovering, in the course of this, a darker side to the university town. Another death ensues, and Rowlands must pit his wits against a formidable and ruthless opponent if he is to prevent further killing—and salvage the reputation of St Gertrude’s.

Following 2017’s Out of Shot (“Grippingly febrile” — The Times), 2016’s Time of Flight (“An atmospheric thriller” — The Lady), 2015’s Game of Chance (“Vivid, detailed... an excellent read” – Literary Review) and 2014’s Line of Sight (“compulsively readable” – Heat, “beautifully envisioned” – The Lady), A. C. Koning returns in 2018 with End of Term, the fifth novel in the Blind Detective series.


Praise for The Blind Detective series

"The concept of a sightless private eye has been absorbingly revived by A. C. Koning with her Blind Detective series... The plot is good and the atmosphere of the new Germany is grippingly febrile" — Marcel Berlins, The Times

“An atmospheric thriller set in the glamorous world of 1930s aviation…” — The Lady

“Vivid, detailed… Rowlands comes to life in a way that few fictional characters do... an excellent read” — Jessica Mann, Literary Review

“Beautifully written, the period feel is utterly convincing, and the hero – who is blind – is one of the most fascinating detectives” — Amanda Craig

“Koning's elegant prose, psychological acuity and, above all, meticulous sense of place raises this far above the average genre novel. An engaging and enlightening read” — Michael Arditti

“A great opener to what promises to be a compulsively readable new series…" — Heat Magazine

“Beautifully envisioned... with great attention to period detail, Koning has wholly captured the flavour of the era” — The Lady

“Touch, hearing, smell and visual memory created such a full world that it was hard to believe it hadn’t been described visually” — Helen Dunmore

End of Term
by A.C. Koning

ISBN 978-0-9927467-7-3


A.C. Koning

Previous novels include A Mild Suicide (short-listed for the David Higham Prize), Undiscovered Country, which won the Encore Award and was long-listed for the Orange Prize, and Fabulous Time, which was awarded a Society of Authors’ Travelling Scholarship.  More recent works include The Dark Tower, set in South Africa during the Anglo-Zulu War, Variable Stars, about the eighteenth century astronomer, Caroline Herschel, and Line of Sight, the first in a series of detective stories set during the 1920s, and with a First World War background. 

Koning has worked as a journalist, writing on travel and reviewing fiction for The Times, The Guardian and a number of other national newspapers.  She was Books Editor of Cosmopolitan for six years, and has taught creative writing at Kellogg College, University of Oxford and Birkbeck, University of London. She is currently the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge.


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