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5 Things You Should Know About Ticket to Ride by Winona Kent #5Things @winonakent


5 Things You Should Know About Ticket to Ride 

By Winona Kent

  1. This story came about as a result of my previous novel, Lost Time. In Lost Time, my main character, Jason Davey, is rehearsing to go on tour with his mum’s old folky-pop band, Figgis Green. I had so much research and so many notes left over, I thought I’d put them to good use, and Ticket to Ride was the result.
  2. I had to create two set lists and two encores for Figgis Green’s concert tour. A lot of the tunes are described in great detail, and some of you might want to dive into YouTube or Spotify to find out more. I’ll save you some time 😊.

The following tunes are real:

The Gypsy Rover (The Whistling Gypsy)

The Star of the County Down

Meryton Town Hall (The Tythe Pig)

What Have they Done to the Rain

Sultans of Swing

Four Strong Winds

Farewell to Nova Scotia


Rise Again

I Can’t Stay Mad at You


The following tunes are completely fictitious:

I’ll Be Good

One Summer Day

All in the Deep Dark Woods

Dancing in the Castle

Viaggo Italiano


The Fog’s Lament

High Meadows (also known as “The Trots”)

Lost Time

Roving Minstrel

  1. At a certain point in the novel Jason describes a visit to the chapel at Biggin Hill, best known for its role during the Battle of Britain in the Second World War, when it served as one of the principal fighter bases protecting London and South East England. During that visit, he distinctly recalls a ghostly encounter where he hears the sound of a coin dropping and rolling across the chapel floor. An investigation results in nothing—there is no coin, and nobody else was in the chapel except Jason, his mother and grandmother. That ghostly encounter is real—it happened to me, my mum, my sister and a friend when we visited the Biggin Hill chapel in 1971. I’ve described it exactly as I remember it. It still gives me shivers, though I was never frightened, and only ever experienced a sense of calm and gratitude.
  2. A number of the songs in Ticket to Ride also appear in Lost Time, the previous Jason Davey mystery, where Jason was rehearsing to go on the road with Figgis Green. But one song was actually carried over from a completely different novel that has nothing in common with my Jason stories. That song is “I’ll Be Good”, which I invented for my time travel adventure, Marianne’s Memory. The story was set in England in the “Swinging Sixties”, and the song was recorded by my time travelling characters with a band that I decided would make excellent contemporaries of Figgis Green in the current series.
  3. The character of Jilly, Jason’s “guardian angel”, first appeared in a 2012 novel called Cold Play. This was where I first introduced Jason Davey as an entertainer working aboard a cruise ship in Alaska. Jilly ends up saving his life. I hadn’t thought about bringing her back until I started playing with ghosts and gargoyles and fortune-tellers in Ticket to Ride. It seemed so natural to include her. And when she showed up in the early chapters, believe me, I was as surprised as Jason!

About the Author

Winona Kent
 is an award-winning author who was born in London, England and grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, where she completed her BA in English at the University of Regina. After moving to Vancouver, she graduated from UBC with an MFA in Creative Writing. More recently, she received her diploma in Writing for Screen and TV from Vancouver Film School.

Winona’s writing breakthrough came many years ago when she won First Prize in the Flare Magazine Fiction Contest with her short story about an all-night radio newsman, Tower of Power.

Her spy novel Skywatcher was a finalist in the Seal Books First Novel Competition and was published in 1989. This was followed by a sequel, The Cilla Rose Affair, and her first mystery, Cold Play, set aboard a cruise ship in Alaska.

After three time-travel romances (Persistence of MemoryIn Loving Memory and Marianne’s Memory), Winona returned to mysteries with Disturbing the Peace, a novella, in 2017 and the novel Notes on a Missing G-String in 2019, both featuring the character she first introduced in Cold Play, professional jazz musician / amateur sleuth Jason Davey.

The third book in Winona’s Jason Davey Mystery series, Lost Time, was published in 2020.

Ticket to Ride is the fourth book in Winona’s Jason Davey Mysteries.

Winona has been a temporary secretary, a travel agent, a screenwriter and the Managing Editor of a literary magazine. She’s currently the BC/YK/NWT rep for the Crime Writers of Canada and is also an active member of Sisters n Crime – Canada West. She recently retired from her full-time admin job at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, and is now happily embracing life as a full-time author.

You can visit her website at http://www.winonakent.com and connect with her on TwitterFacebook and Goodreads.

Book Description:

Author: Winona Kent
Publisher: Blue Devil Books
Pages: 230
Genre: Mystery / Amateur Sleuth


In Lost Time, the third book in Winona’s Jason Davey Mystery series, professional musician / amateur sleuth Jason Davey was rehearsing for Figgis Green’s 50th Anniversary Tour of England. Now they’re on the road in Ms. Kent’s fourth book in the series, Ticket To Ride.

But when a fortune-teller in Sheffield warns them of impending danger, the band is suddenly plagued by a series of seemingly-unrelated mishaps.

After Jason is attacked and nearly killed in Cambridge, and a fire alarm results in a very personal theft from Mandy’s hotel room, it becomes clear they’re being targeted by someone with a serious grudge.

And when Figgis Green plays a gig at a private estate in Tunbridge Wells, that person finally makes their deadly intentions known.

Jason must rely on his instincts, his Instagram “guardian angel,” and a wartime ghost who might possibly share his DNA, in order to survive.

Book Information

Release Date: March 26, 2022

Publisher:  Blue Devil Books

Soft Cover: 978-1777329433; 230 pages; $15.70; E-Book, $3.93

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