Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Flora Maguire Mysteries Locations

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.


Stateroom on the SS Minneapolis

The first story was set on an actual steamship called the SS Minneapolis which left New York on a sort of test run with under a hundred passengers before the actual maiden voyage which left from London a few weeks later. The ship was a min-Titanic, but according to the promotional material of the times was just as luxurious, with a glass roofed dining room, electric lighting, and one of the first ships to carry wireless telegraphy.

Pittville Gates, Then and Now

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.


The Grenadier Public House, Old Barrack Yard, Knightsbridge

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 in 1720 was known as the Duke of Wellington's Officers Mess and was frequented by King George IV.  It also houses a famous ghost called 'Cedric' which I couldn't resist including ion the story. [Click on the picture for their website]

[Scheduled for Release November 2017]

The locations below are included in the upcoming mystery story scheduled for release in November - but I leave these as a taster of what is to come.

The Evelina Children's Hospital

The Tower Subway