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Reading the past

‘I’m delighted to announce that my “genealogy sleuth”, Esme Quentin, has just made another appearance in the third mystery novel of the series, The Malice of Angels, published in October by SilverWood Books,’ writes subscriber Wendy Percival.

‘Readers have described Esme as tenacious with a generosity of spirit, someone who just has to carry on digging deeper for answers, even if by doing so she puts herself in danger. In this latest novel, Esme finds herself having to confront her own painful past as she searches for the truth about a wartime nurse who disappeared during the Second World War and never came home.

‘The first book in the series, Blood-Tied, explored the theme of dark family secrets and in the second, The Indelible Stain, Esme has to delve into the disturbing history of convict transportation to Australia to unravel the mystery behind a woman’s fatal fall from cliffs on the north Devon coast – a stunning location which is also the setting for The Malice of Angels.

‘October has been a particularly busy month as, having been commissioned by SilverWood Books to write a novella, Death of a Cuckoo, for their ebook imprint, sBooks, earlier in the year, I also decided to bring it out in paperback at the same time as The Malice of Angels was published. Death of a Cuckoo features Esme, but through the eyes of protagonist Gina Vincent, who engages Esme’s services to unpick the traumatic mystery of her past, when she discovers that all she’s ever been told is a lie.

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