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).
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.”
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.’
Also includes Twenty Questions for Book Clubs
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.