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REVIEW-Servant of the Crown Mysteries by Denise Domning

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SEASON OF THE RAVEN

It’s 1194 and Sir Faucon de Ramis, the shire’s newly appointed Keeper of the Pleas, must do his duty and make an official declaration of the cause of a miller’s death. Saddled with a clerk who names Faucon his ‘penance', the shire’s first Crowner must thread the tangled relationships between the sheriff, the village of Priors Holston and the priory that once ruled it. As a simple task takes a turn to the political, what seems obvious isn’t and what appears safe turns out to be more dangerous than he could imagine.

SEASON OF THE FOX
A wealthy merchant has been murdered in his own home, and the suspect has fled to sanctuary in a local church. Enter Sir Faucon de Ramis, the king’s new Servant of the Crown in the shire, to solve the murder, assisted by his prickly secretary, Brother Edmund. 
As Faucon begins his hunt, the shire’s new Crowner finds himself in the upside-down world of a woman’s trade. Not only does the merchant’s wife own the business—unheard of!—the sus…

BLOG TOUR - The Forgotten Children

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Review of The Murderess by Jennifer Wells

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PUBLISHER’S BLURB
The Murderess is a heart-stopping story of family, love, passion and betrayal set against the backdrop of war-ravaged Britain. Perfect for fans of Lesley Pearse and Dilly Court. 1931: Fifteen year old Kate witnesses her mother Millicent push a stranger from a station platform into the path of an oncoming train. There was no warning, seemingly no reason, and absolutely no remorse.
1940: Exactly nine years later, Kate returns to the station and notices a tramp laying flowers on the exact spot that the murder was committed; the identity of the victim, still remains unknown.
With a country torn apart by war and her family estate and name in tatters, Kate has nothing to lose as she attempts to uncover family secrets that date back to the Great War and solve a mystery that blights her family name.
REVIEW 
I enjoyed Ms Wells ‘The Liar’ and this book was just as well written, also intriguing in that at first, I couldn’t tell where the story was going.. The author left me guessing …

Flora No 4 Coming Soon

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No 4 in the Flora Maguire Mysteries
Scheduled for release on 1st November from Aria Fiction

The Flora Maguire Mystery Series 
Flora Maguire was raised by , Riordan Maguire, the head butler on the country estate of Earl Trent on the edge of the Cotswold countryside where she shared an attic apartment with her father at night and the schoolroom with the daughters of the house during the day. 
Questions have always surrounded her mother’s death, whom Flora lost at the age of six. Vague memories return in disturbing dreams which have always haunted her, but Lily Maguire’s fate remains a mystery.
At eighteen, Flora became governess to the youngest child, Edward, where her status as neither family nor servant in the household taught her to be both discreet and observant in a Victorian atmosphere of secrets and half-truths.
Flora’s story begins in New York after a family wedding when she is charged with escorting Edward home to England on a transatlantic steamship. When a body is discovered on deck…

Cover Reveal

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Aria Fiction have designed a beautiful new cover for the fourth book in the  Flora Maguire Mysteries.

This new adventure takes Flora into the south of the city of London, where she and Bunny are invited to a charity hospital for children as prospective patrons. During their visit, a nurse is found dead in the grounds, raising questions as to whether she was killed accidentally in a botched robbery, or was she murdered? It s not long before Flora discovers that several children have mysteriously disappeared after leaving the hospital, though no one appears overly concerned as they have not been reported missing.
Flora and Bunny set out to discover the whereabouts of the children, but time is of the essence. If the trail goes cold, Flora feels they might never be seen again.

Scheduled for release in November 2017 from Aria Fiction

The Flora Maguire Mysteries Locations

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I am often asked if I use actual locations for my Flora Maguire Mysteries, and the answer is - definitely.  As an historical fiction writer I always try to place my stories in places which exist and try to create the nostalgia for a past time.

FLORA'S SECRET
BETRAYAL AT CLEEVE ABBEY Although the family Flora worked for lived in a real place, I invented the actual house they lived in. However the setting of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in the summer of 1902 when the town was celebrating the coronation of King Edward VII, was as authentic as I could make it. Flora travels by tram past the gates to the park which then charged a penny entry. She also seeks advice from a building that is now a wine bar, but was once a pharmacy.

A KNIGHTSBRIDGE SCANDAL
In No 3, Flora investigates a murder where the body of a young woman is discovered outside a public house. I went exploring and found the perfect location at the end of an alley called Old Barrack Yard off Knightsbridge. The Grenadier,  built i…

REVIEW-The Second Chance Teashop by Fay Keenan

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Fellow Aria author, Fay Keenan has brought out her debut novel, perfect to pack in your suitcase for your summer holiday
Publisher's Blurb

Following the tragic death of her beloved husband, Anna Hemingway decides it's time for a fresh start. So Anna and her three-year-old daughter Ellie move to a picture-perfect cottage in the beautiful village of Little Somerby, and when she takes over the running of the village tea shop, Ellie and Anna start to find happiness again.

But things get complicated when Matthew Carter, the owner of the local cider farm, enters their lives. Throughout a whirlwind year of village fetes and ancient wassails, love, laughter, apple pie and new memories, life slowly blossoms again. But when tragedy strikes and history seems to be repeating itself, Anna must find the strength to hold onto the new life she has built.

This beautiful, life-affirming debut novel marks the beginning of the Little Somerby series, and promises to make you smile, cry, reach for a…

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