Readers are transported to the historical town of Shrewsbury. The Lion Hotel provides the setting for a story in which a detective's daughter is wrongly accused of a crime. One might have expected her father, Inspector Horace no less, to have easily been able to prove her innocence, but things never quite work out that way when you are a teenager. Fortunately, Florence is quite capable of remaining one step ahead of her father and the hotel staff.
Florence's predicament begins, in her mind, when she exclaims, 'Father, I think we're stuck. We're not supposed to be in the same section of the revolving door, ' and ends with her reflecting upon a set of circumstances.
During their time at the hotel, the family encounter all sorts of strange behaviour, including that shown by a waiter obsessed with Charles Dickens, who makes himself a suspect too.
Philip Jones's refreshingly different writing style combines history with witty and engaging dialogue to bring the characters to life and allow the reader to imagine the whole situation unravelling in front of them
The author, Philip Jones, lives in Shrewsbury, where he sets his debut play, The Lion Hotel. After working in insurance, accountancy, and hospital administration until middle-age, he took the decision to return to full-time education in order to pursue his creative passions, gaining a first-class honours degree in English at University Centre Shrewsbury. An interest in local history was rekindled when he spent his work-based learning placement at Shropshire Archives, discovering the Victorian entertainments bill that forms part of the play's dialogue. He has since gone on to study for an MRes in Storyteling at the University of Chester.
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