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
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 as to which character I was supposed to
feel empathy with. The betrayed Millicent whose only wish was to bear her
husband’s child, Kate, who had been lied to for so long that when the secrets
started to unravel, as they always do, was left to make sense of it all.
Or was Rosalie the one who deserved pity, the one who
betrayed and was eventually betrayed? Halfway through the story I had a sense
of inevitability which even though it played out, did not detract from the
impact of the story.
Ms Wells certainly has a knack for portraying
women whose obsession for motherhood changes their personalities and in some
cases is used as justification for the things they do.
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, Flora has questions for both the ship’s doctor and crew appear unwilling, or unable to answer.
Enlisting the help of a charming young man on board called Bunny Harrington, Flora’s instincts are proved correct when a killer is revealed.
Book 2 contains the revelation of family secrets during a personal tragedy which change Flora’s perception of herself forever, while in Book 3, her marriage to Bunny gives her more freedom to seek out murderers.
In the 4th Book in the series, Flora and Bunny’s pursuit of wrongdoers take them into the darker sides of life, where a chance encounter during a case of child trafficking sends Flora on a personal quest to discover what really happened to her mother.