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Head of Zeus
Blackstone Fell
Blackstone Fell by Martin Edwards
 Rachel Savernake, 3

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

Head of Zeus -- an Aries Book * Crime Fiction
01 Sep 2022 * 416pp * £20 * 9781801100205
'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
'A fascinating novel, with an enigmatic protagonist and a complex, intriguing plot... The books have the authenticity of the author's detailed knowledge of the period, plus a darkly clever plot, set in a sinister, brooding landscape. Blackstone Fell is a page turner which I wholeheartedly recommend'
Promoting Crime Fiction
'First-rate and a must-read for this month... The plot is tremendous... The cross-currents brilliant, the writing pithy, the characters well-realised and the piling up and switches between possible solutions excellent'
The Critic
Gallows Court
Mortmain Hall
Sepulchre Street
Martin Edwards
Martin Edwards
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).
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