Strawberry Fields

A Sing & Shout Thriller: Prequel

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Ambitious young reporters Josie and Laurent arrive in Prague in 1968 to cover a revolution unfolding behind the Iron Curtain. It’s the story of a lifetime. A dream come true.

A dream that’s about to become a nightmare.

Soviet tanks thunder into the city, changing everything. Josie receives a cryptic message from a shrouded stranger on a mist-covered bridge, and soon she and Laurent are propelled onto a collision course with nefarious villains and unstoppable forces, as they rush to uncover a shadowy conspiracy before the city falls.

Strawberry Fields drops you into an adventure you can’t put down, complete with secrets, spies, and — at the heart of it all — the power of rock and roll.



Publisher: Spy Pond Press
Publication Date:
: 9798986169934 (ebook) | 9798986169941 (paperback) | 9798986169958 (hardcover)
Print Length: 150 pages
Print Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches (216 x 140 mm)

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  • "Vivid setting, richly drawn characters, and a forceful historical context ... Vibrates with authenticity"

    - The BookLife Prize by Publishers Weekly

  • "Breathless chases, cryptic clues, a heroine with grit, and a little romance ... A bang-up job of keeping the pages turning and vividly rendering the sights of Prague"

    - Melissa Joulwan, Strong Sense of Place podcast

  • "I skipped lunch and read till dinnertime. I dove right back into the story after the dishes were washed and read till bedtime. What a pleasure it was to be fully in the thrall of a good story!"

    - Lori Alden Holuta, A License to Quill blog

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Emily K.

I love historical books and mysteries, but I’ve never really read both in one book! This book is more than I can imagine, with twists and turns all keeping me hooked! It was a little hard to get into until the second chapter, which is what kept me hooked on Strawberry Fields!!


This is a prequel to the first in the Sing and Shout series. 'Back in the USSR' is a gripping historical thriller set in Moscow. It featured political repression, action, musical references, and the much-desired intrigue to obtain the illegal Beatle's White Album. Rock music was considered decadent, and the Beatle's music symbolized freedom. Both books were well-researched and informative, with appealing characters. There is a vibrant sense of place.

This story is set in Czechoslovakia more than a decade earlier. Josie, a young rookie reporter, arrived in Prague in 1968. She was sent by the Toronto Post because of her ability to speak the language. She learned the Czech language from her grandmother, who now lived in Canada, but told Josie stories about life in the old country. She recounted running through fields of strawberries outside of Prague as a child.

No sooner does Josie arrive in Prague when Russian tanks thunder into the city. This begins a tense, exciting story that is fast-paced and breathtaking.

I wish to thank the author, Patrick D Joyce, for this thrilling historical book. I will look forward to more of his compelling political stories enhanced with references to Beatles music.

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