'Stansfield manages to create a dark and macabre atmosphere that feels fresh and original' The Times
'a Gothic mystery to savor' Shotsmag
'Book of the Month' and a 'Top Summer Read' in The Times
Cornwall. 1844. On a lonely moorland farm not far from Jamaica Inn, farmhand Shilly finds love in the arms of Charlotte Dymond. But Charlotte has many secrets, possessing powers that cause both good and ill. When she’s found on the moor with her throat cut it seems these powers have led to her murder. Shilly is determined to find out who is responsible, and so is the stranger calling himself Mr Williams who asks for Shilly’s help. Mr Williams has secrets too, and Shilly is about to be thrown into the bewildering new world of modern detection – a world violently at odds with her own beliefs.
Falling Creatures, book one in the Cornish Mysteries series, is out now in hardback, paperback and e-book with Allison & Busby
** Coming Soon **
The Magpie Tree - book two in the Cornish Mysteries series and the sequel to Falling Creatures
Jamaica Inn, 1844: the talk is of witches. A boy has vanished in the woods of Trethevy on the North Cornish coast, and a reward is offered for his return. Shilly has had enough of such dark doings, but her new companion, the woman who calls herself Anna Drake, insists they investigate. Anna wants to open a detective agency, and the reward would fund it. They soon learn of a mysterious pair of strangers who have likely taken the boy, and of Saint Nectan who, legend has it, kept safe the people of the woods. As Shilly and Anna seek the missing child, the case takes another turn – murder. Something is stirring in the woods and old sins have come home to roost.
Out in hardback with Allison & Busby in March 2018