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Blackstone Fell
01 Sep 2022 * EBOOK * £7.99 * 9781801100236

Yorkshire, 1630. A man vanishes from a locked gatehouse in a remote village. 300 years later, it happens again. Rachel Savernake investigates a locked-room puzzle in this Gothic mystery.

Fiction / FFH (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 416 pages  Illus: 1 map
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Rachel Savernake investigates a bizarre locked-room puzzle in this delicious Gothic mystery from the winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger.

1930. Nell Fagan is a journalist on the trail of a intriguing and bizarre mystery: in 1606, a man vanished from a locked gatehouse in a remote Yorkshire village, and 300 years later, it happened again. Nell confides in the best sleuth she knows, judge's daughter Rachel Savernake. Thank goodness she did, because barely a week later Nell disappears, and Rachel is left to put together the pieces of the puzzle.

Looking for answers, Rachel travels to lonely Blackstone Fell in Yorkshire, with its eerie moor and sinister tower. With help from her friend Jacob Flint – who's determined to expose a fraudulent clairvoyant – Rachel will risk her life to bring an end to the disappearances and bring the truth to light.

A dazzling mystery peopled by clerics and medics; journalists and judges, Blackstone Fell explores the shadowy borderlands between spiritual and scientific; between sanity and madness; and between virtue and deadly sin.

Praise for Martin Edwards:

'Martin Edwards celebrates and satirises the genre with wit and affection... He leaves you wanting more.' The Times
'A pitch-perfect blend of Golden Age charm and sinister modern suspense.' Lee Child
'Edwards has managed, brilliantly, to combine a Golden Age setting with a pace that is bang up-to-date.' Peter James

Martin Edwards has won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating, Macavity, Poirot and Dagger awards as well as being shortlisted for the Theakston's Prize. He is President of the Detection Club, a former Chair of the Crime Writers' Association and consultant to the British Library's bestselling crime classics series. In 2020 he was awarded the Diamond Dagger for his outstanding contribution to crime fiction. Follow Martin on Twitter and Instagram (@medwardsbooks) and Facebook (@MartinEdwardsBooks).

From the consultant to the British Library's bestselling crime classics, which has total UK sales of about 750,000 to date.

Martin Edwards has been the chair of the Crime Writers' Association and is the award-winning author of The Golden Age of Murder. Martin Edwards was awarded the Diamond Dagger in 2020 for his outstanding contribution to crime fiction.

'In my Rachel Savernake series, I love giving fresh twists to familiar tropes of Golden Age detection. So BLACKSTONE FELL's classic setting is a remote, eerie village – where Rachel solves multiple murders as well as a puzzle about people vanishing from a locked gatehouse, three hundred years apart...' Martin Edwards.

MARKET: Laura Purcell; Sophie Hannah's Poirot novels; Lissa Evans.


'Leaves you wanting more' The Times

'Perfect for those who love a locked-room mystery... [with] a wonderful golden age of crime feel' Belfast Telegraph

'The plot is intricate but never less than compelling. Martin Edwards holds his own with the best of classic crime' Daily Mail

PRAISE FOR MARTIN EDWARDS:
'Superb – a pitch-perfect blend of Golden Age charm and sinister modern suspense, with a main character to die for. This is the book Edwards was born to write' Lee Child.
'Edwards has managed, brilliantly, to combined a Golden Age setting with a pace that is bang up-to-date' Peter James.
'Liberally spiced with mystery, suspense and action... A thoroughly gripping read'
Peter Robinson

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