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Edgar Allan Poe is the American boy, a child standing on the edge of mysteries.
In 1819, two Americans arrive in London, and soon afterwards a bank collapses. A man is found dead and horribly mutilated on a building site. An heiress flirts with her inferiors. A poor schoolmaster struggles to understand what is happening before it destroys him and those he loves.
But the truth, like the youthful Poe himself, has its origins in the new world as well as the old. Buried deep in the novel’s core is a bitter episode of corruption and divided loyalties during the War of 1812, the inconclusive struggle between the newly independent United States and the world’s one global superpower.
The American Boy is a 21st-century novel with a 19th-century voice. It is a a multilayered literary murder story…[more]
It’s 1934, and the decaying London cul-de-sac of Bleeding Heart Square is an unlikely place of refuge for aristocratic Lydia Langstone. But as she flees her abusive marriage there is only one person she can turn to—the genteelly derelict Captain Ingleby-Lewis, currently lodging at No. 7.
However, unknown to Lydia, a dark mystery haunts 7 Bleeding Heart Square. What happened to Miss Penhow, the middle-aged spinster who owns the house and who vanished four years earlier? Why is a seedy plain-clothes policeman obsessively watching the square? What is making struggling journalist Rory Wentwood so desperate to contact Miss Penhow?
And why are parcels of rotting hearts being sent to Joseph Serridge, the last person to see Miss Penhow alive…?
Legend has it the Devil once danced in Bleeding Heart Square—but is there now a new and sinister presence lurking in its shadows?
From the No.1 bestselling author of The American Boy comes a new historical thriller set during the American War of Independence.
‘This is the story of a woman and a city. I saw the city first, shimmering from afar like the new Jerusalem in the setting sun. It was Sunday, 2nd August 1778.’
Edward Savill, a London clerk from the American Department, is assigned to New York to investigate the claims of dispossessed loyalists caught on the wrong side of the American War of Independence.
Surrounded by its enemies, British Manhattan is a melting pot of soldiers, profiteers, double agents and a swelling tide of refugees seeking justice from the Crown. …[more]
Living in the British city of Rosington of the 1950’s, Wendy finds herself penniless, jobless and on the brink of divorce. Desperate for advice, she seeks solace in her oldest friend, Janet Byfield. The wife of an ambitious young clergyman, her friend seems to have everything Wendy lacks: a loving, new family and a gorgeous manor.
But perfection has always loomed too close to tragedy. Gradually the Byfields’ idyll sours-old sins come to haunt the present and breed new ones in their place. A shadow of death seeps through the manor, and with it comes a mystery stretching back to the turn-of-the-century church and an opium-addicted poet-priest, then even further back in time, to a woman burned at the stake in the fifteenth century.
Only Wendy, as an outsider, can glimpse the truth. But can she grasp its macabre and twisted logic in time to prevent…[more]
Alison is thirteen. Her mother has recently died; her Dad has just bought a house in the North 300 miles away from the world she knows. She is determined to dislike the rambling old Coal House. There is a disturbing presence around the house. When Alison and her father discover the secret of the stalker in the woods, they become a link in an unsolved mystery and become more closely bound to Coal House and to each other.
A medieval script launches a modern treasure hunt lightly dusted with black humor…
William Dougal is a postgraduate student of history with expensive tastes and low moral fibre. He is the sort who is as likely to commit murders as to solve them. Thus it is that when he stumbles on the garotted corpse of his detested tutor, he doesn’t call the police. Instead, he slips away, intent on avoiding a row with his girlfriend. Naturally, his actions don’t go undetected. Enter the suave James Hanbury with the reminder that the dead man was an authority on Caroline Minuscule, a Medieval script that may convey a very modern message. Douglas is pushed into—or rather drives his Morris Mini onto—a slippery slope which leads toward a cache of diamonds—and more murders….
1786, Jerusalem College, Cambridge. The ghost of Sylvia Whichcote is rumoured to be haunting Jerusalem, since disturbed fellow-commoner, Frank Oldershaw, claims to have seen the dead woman prowling the grounds.
Desperate to salvage her son’s reputation, Lady Anne Oldershaw employs John Holdsworth, author of The Anatomy of Ghosts a stinging account of why ghosts are mere delusion to investigate. But his arrival in Cambridge disrupts an uneasy status quo as he glimpses a world of privilege and abuse.
And when Holdsworth finds himself haunted not only by the ghost of his dead wife, Maria, but also Elinor, the very-much-alive Master’s wife his fate is sealed.