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The Shadow Key

av Susan Stokes-Chapman

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**EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL LIMITED-EDITION with foiled gold symbol hidden under the cover. Only available while stocks last** There's something mysterious about the village of Penhelyg. Will unlocking its truth bring light or darkness? Meirionydd, 1783. Dr Henry Talbot has been dismissed from his post in London. The only job he can find is in Wales where he can't speak the language, belief in myth and magic is rife, and the villagers treat him with suspicion. When Henry discovers his predecessor died under mysterious circumstances, he is determined to find answers. Linette Tresilian has always suspected something is not quite right in the village, but it is through Henry's investigations that a truth comes to light that will bind hers and Henry's destinies together in ways neither thought possible. Reveal the secret symbol that haunts Henry and Linette when you take off the book jacket. Available on first printing of THE SHADOW KEY only. PRAISE FOR THE SHADOW KEY 'An alluring, immersive Gothic mystery from an impressively talented writer. Susan Stokes-Chapman conjures the beauty and darkness of eighteenth-century Wales in this simmering, splendid novel' Jennifer Saint 'A haunting, transporting mystery...kept me completely enthralled' Elodie Harper 'I was gripped... the story was so dark and clever' Stacey Thomas 'A gripping, beautifully executed historical thriller, full of arcane magic and Welsh mythology' Rosie Andrews 'A tale of chilling suspense, occult secrets and cunning folklore that delicately captures that entanglement of the Welsh landscape and the myths that inhabit it' Cari Williams PRAISE FOR SUSAN STOKES-CHAPMAN: 'A gripping narrative in which secrets from the past are slowly and ingeniously revealed' Sunday Times, *Historical Fiction Book of the Month* 'An immersive, evocative story full of romance and intrigue' Red 'Romantic, suspenseful and beautifully written... a glorious treat' Daily Mail… (mer)
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It’s 1783 and Henry Talbot has been dismissed from his position as a physician at a London hospital. Consequently he has had a request to take over as doctor in the Welsh village of Penhelyg by Lord Julian Tresilian. He has also been asked to keep an eye on his sister-in-law, Lady Tresilian of Plas Helyg and her daughter, Linette. The villagers are very wary of Henry and his English ways but he strives to fit in. He finds out his predecessor died in mysterious circumstances and then he himself is shot at whilst out and about visiting patients. Henry and Linette are determined to discover what is behind all the strange goings on.

Gothic fiction is a favourite genre of mine and this story is an excellent example of such. It has an atmospheric setting which is Wales. It seems well researched with plenty of mentions of myths, folklore and the odd spot of witchcraft. The characters are clearly described and it’s written with a good sense of menace throughout. The suspense builds up gradually, rattles along at a fair old pace, culminating in an exciting finale. I read this book via the Pigeonhole app, one stave a day for ten days. I was totally gripped by this story and found it a page turner. I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy a little fantasy mixed in with their historical fiction. ( )
  VanessaCW | Apr 20, 2024 |
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**EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL LIMITED-EDITION with foiled gold symbol hidden under the cover. Only available while stocks last** There's something mysterious about the village of Penhelyg. Will unlocking its truth bring light or darkness? Meirionydd, 1783. Dr Henry Talbot has been dismissed from his post in London. The only job he can find is in Wales where he can't speak the language, belief in myth and magic is rife, and the villagers treat him with suspicion. When Henry discovers his predecessor died under mysterious circumstances, he is determined to find answers. Linette Tresilian has always suspected something is not quite right in the village, but it is through Henry's investigations that a truth comes to light that will bind hers and Henry's destinies together in ways neither thought possible. Reveal the secret symbol that haunts Henry and Linette when you take off the book jacket. Available on first printing of THE SHADOW KEY only. PRAISE FOR THE SHADOW KEY 'An alluring, immersive Gothic mystery from an impressively talented writer. Susan Stokes-Chapman conjures the beauty and darkness of eighteenth-century Wales in this simmering, splendid novel' Jennifer Saint 'A haunting, transporting mystery...kept me completely enthralled' Elodie Harper 'I was gripped... the story was so dark and clever' Stacey Thomas 'A gripping, beautifully executed historical thriller, full of arcane magic and Welsh mythology' Rosie Andrews 'A tale of chilling suspense, occult secrets and cunning folklore that delicately captures that entanglement of the Welsh landscape and the myths that inhabit it' Cari Williams PRAISE FOR SUSAN STOKES-CHAPMAN: 'A gripping narrative in which secrets from the past are slowly and ingeniously revealed' Sunday Times, *Historical Fiction Book of the Month* 'An immersive, evocative story full of romance and intrigue' Red 'Romantic, suspenseful and beautifully written... a glorious treat' Daily Mail

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