The Empty Frame

The Empty Frame

Ann Pilling

Ann Pilling

A chilling ghost story from award-winning novelist, Ann Pilling.Sam, Floss, and their foster brother, Magnus, spend their holidays with cousin M. at The Abbey. On their first night, Magnus hears a woman crying and when he goes to investigate he discovers that the sixteenth-century portrait of Lady Alice Neale, hung in the Great Hall, is now just an empty frame. Magnus shares his secret with the others and soon they are drawn into a web of family mystery and murder.Ann Pilling has written a mystery novel of subtle twist and movement; fascinating historical detail entwined with a familial story which will tug at the heart-strings.
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The Beggar's Curse

The Beggar's Curse

Ann Pilling

Ann Pilling

Ann Pilling manages to combine fascinating historical detail with mysterious and compelling ghost stories, and THE BEGGAR'S CURSE is no exception. Published as an ebook for the first time, it will attract a whole new wave of fans. Ever since Ann Pilling's debut novel, BLACK HARVEST, now a Collins Modern Classic, she has built her reputation into one of our best-loved and most talented contemporary writers for children. She won the Guardian Fiction Award for HENRY'S LEG. THE BEGGAR'S CURSE follows the same children who appear in BLACK HARVEST – Colin, Prill and Oliver. In THE BEGGAR'S CURSE, Colin, Prill and Oliver arrive to stay in the village of Stang, where they soon realise that there's something terribly wrong. Prill feels something sinister in the ancient rituals of the village play... Colin knows the 'accidents' that keep happening are something much more gruesome... But only Oliver seems to know the truth. He understands the dark secret the village is hiding and senses that...
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Black Harvest

Black Harvest

Ann Pilling

Ann Pilling

The rugged west coast of Ireland seems like the perfect place for a holiday. Then everything starts to go wrong. Colin is aware of an awful smell coming off the land, a smell of death and decay... Colin and Prill were looking forward to a holiday of fun and adventure in Ireland. It would have been perfect if only they hadn't had to drag along their "odd" cousin Oliver. But Oliver, it turns out, isn't their biggest problem.Almost from the moment they arrive, Colin feels sick from an awful smell, so powerful and horrible that it seems to be rising from the land of the dead. At the same time, Prill is visited by a strange creature creeping into her dreams. Who is she, and what does she want?Only Oliver seems untouched by the danger. As the hot summer days continue, their terror mounts and their baby sister becomes critically ill. Oliver links the present horror with the terrible famine in Ireland of the 1840s – and the strange occupant of the nearby caravan, whose land was lost then...
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