Mary Finch and the Thief: A Mary Finch Mystery

Mary Finch and the Thief is the first in the Mary Finch Mystery series. It is 1893 and Mary Finch finds herself on the gritty and violent streets of Victorian London trying to clear her name.

When wrongfully accused of theft, Mary Finch is determined to track down the thief and prove her innocence. Her journey takes her from Baker Street, where her friends, the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, live, to the dark and dangerous East End of London. On her trail are the suspicious Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard, the evil butler of her employer, a mysterious gentleman who is not what he appears to be and a ruthless killer. Mary must hurry to find the truth before she is arrested and sent to jail.

Mary Finch continues her investigations in S S Saywack’s Mary Finch and the Grey Lady and Mary Finch and the Spy (soon to be released).


Meet S S Saywack

S S Saywack is the author of the Mary Finch Mysteries – Mary Finch and the Thief is the first adventure, shortly to be followed by Mary Finch and the Grey Lady and Mary Finch and the Spy. After a career as a Graphic Designer (leaving him with a love for typography) then an art teacher, he took to writing short stories, flash fiction (several having been online published) and novels for middle-grade readers. He has a love of history – Victorian England and the early twentieth century – as well as playing the guitar fairly well and the piano fairly badly (he has kind neighbours!). He lives in the East End of London, a place well suited for his creation, Mary Finch, to explore and to have her adventures.

Ledalina

Ledalina is the reconstructed text of a late nineteenth-century journal, written by an unnamed Dutch scholar, telling of dark and mysterious events that allegedly occurred in Durban just before the turn of the century, parts of which are as upsetting as they seem unusual for the period.

This fascinating journal has been translated to English and made available to the public for the first time since its discovery.

“But what is even more consuming than my fear, is my curiosity. I am still in the possession of Ms Ledalina’s letter, and the only way forward and the only way to ease my mind is to at least solve as much of this mystery as I can from my present position.”


Meet Ishmael O. Ross

Ishmael O. Ross is an author, technical writer and software architect. His stories appear in The Scarlet Leaf Review and The Opiate, and his first novel Dire Redemption has been published by The Unseeing Eye. Call him Ishmael.

One Dark Night

It is 1821 and smuggling is rife on the English coast. Lucy Yorton, dragged away from her privileged early life, must slave on a bleak, run-down farm. Those around her suspect she is a spy and treat her accordingly. Her problems increase when two men enter her life:- 

Lieutenant Karl Thorsen, sworn to avenge the murder of his father, is a King’s man. He is determined to stop the violent smugglers, hang them, and hang and gibbet one in particular.

Daniel Tynton has smuggling in his blood. Undaunted by Thorsen’s threats, he is respected and feared.

The choices we make determine our futures and Lucy is torn between two determined men as the secrets and lies undermining her life are exposed.

Reviews from Goodreads:

‘Have added Anna Faversham to my favorite authors’ list! Great plot, interesting characters and an inspirational story. 
Looking forward to the next book.’

‘Great story – rich with historical descriptions, this story of a girl’s tough life really drew me in… Great uplifting story.’

‘Very exciting and a good book.’

‘A great read and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.’

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Meet Anna Faversham

I have lived most of my life in Kent, England but I’ve also lived in New Zealand and central Africa. Both had a lasting influence. Africa dragged my love of writing to the surface. Living some forty miles from the nearest tarmac road and seventy from anything pretending to be a bookshop, I soon ran out of bedtime stories for the children. Scribbling began.

On returning to England, fiction had to take a back seat as real life took over, you know the sort of thing – a proper job to keep feeding the mortgage and the growing family, and chores and more chores. But a love of writing finally erupted into regular tap-tapping. I’ve written and read for the BBC and published short stories and five novels.

Death of a False Physician

The dreadful day is approaching for the Napiers in Ballater: Hippolyta Napier’s mother is coming to stay.
But Mrs. Fettes is not just in Aberdeenshire to visit her youngest daughter: she has other reasons, and one will draw the whole family in, with deadly results. 


Meet Lexie Conyngham

Lexie Conyngham is a historian living in the shadow of the Highlands. Her historical crime novels are born of a life amidst Scotland’s old cities, ancient universities and hidden-away aristocratic estates, but she has written since the day she found out that people were allowed to do such a thing. Beyond teaching and research, her days are spent with wool, wild allotments and a wee bit of whisky.