The Wounded Thorn

      Fay Sampson

The Wounded Thorn

The first in a thrilling new mystery series set around the sacred historical sites of the British Isles
Recently retired teacher Hilary decides that the best way to stop herself worrying about her husband, who's away doing voluntary work in war-torn Gaza, is to distract herself with a holiday. She invites her good friend Veronica, a recent widow, to accompany her on a trip to Glastonbury, to see the ancient sights.The pair are saddened to discover that the sacred Glastonbury Thorn tree has been severely damaged, and they wonder whether other local sites are under threat too. But even they are unprepared for the shocking discovery Hilary makes at the Chalice Well: an abandoned bag, containing a bomb . . .
Who is to blame? A foreign tourist? An eccentric pagan author? Or an angry local who resents that a Christian place has been 'overun' by other beliefs? Hilary and Veronica just want to be on holiday, but they can't help but be sucked in to the investigation.
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    Beneath the Soil

      Fay Sampson

Beneath the Soil

Genealogy-enthusiast Suzie Fewings and her family are on a family-history trip to Saddlers Wood Farm when they hear a gunshot ringing out. The local farmer and his wife, Philip and Eileen, seem strangely agitated and upset, and direct them to a ruined cottage in the wood . . . where Suzie gets the strangest feeling she's being watched. Two days later, they hear that Eileen has been shot dead and her husband arrested.
Suzie is convinced there is more to this than meets the eye, and she and her family investigate. But the police seem uninterested in their findings, and Suzie soon begins to feel as if wherever she goes there is someone watching her . . .
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    Death on Lindisfarne

      Fay Sampson

Death on Lindisfarne

Twice each day the holy island of Lindisfarne is cut off from the mainland by the incoming tide. Slight and ginger-bearded, Aidan the photographer and accidental sleuth brings his inquisitive eight-year-old daughter Melangell to the retreat centre on Lindisfarne. There they meet Lucy, a young Methodist minister with a painful past, who is running a course on Northumbrian saints. When one of the course members is found dead on the beach, suspicion falls on one guest, then another. Or could the tides have allowed a murderer to come from the mainland? Then someone from Lucy's previous life makes a most unwelcome appearance...

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    Father Unknown

      Fay Sampson

Father Unknown

A Suzie Fewings genealogical mystery - Suzie Fewings is working on her family tree when she meets American Prudence Clayson. Prudence has come to England to find her Puritan ancestors, but is shocked to discover that one of her ancestors was born to an unmarried mother. Suzie helps Prudence come to terms with this and assists her with her research, but she soon has problems in the present day - when she starts to suspect that Millie, her teenage daughter, might be pregnant. The truth, however, may be darker than she fears . . .

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    The Hunted Hare

      Fay Sampson

The Hunted Hare

Pennant Melangell lies at the head of a mountain valley in North Wales. It consists of a church, with the medieval shrine and pilgrimage site of St Melangell, a few cottages - and a newly constructed hotel, The House of the Hare, built by its imposing director Thaddeus Brown. To the House of the Hare come Aidan and Jenny Davison, with their seven-year-old daughter Melangell. Jenny is dying of cancer, but is determined to live life to the full while she can. She looks forward to using the hotel's archery range. Thaddeus Brown's new centre has provoked fierce opposition. When Brown is found dead, an arrow in his eye, suspicion falls first upon Lorna, his vulnerable young niece, and then upon an eccentric and passionate local man. Then young Melangell goes missing - The first of a series of new mysteries featuring Aidan and Melangell and set in what Fay Sampson describes as the 'thin' places of the Celtic world.

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    The Overlooker

      Fay Sampson

The Overlooker

Keen family-history researcher Suzie Fewings takes a trip to discover more about her husband's ancestors, but what she finds puts those she loves in danger . . .|Suzie Fewings, a keen family-history researcher, is delighted when her husband, Nick, catches the genealogy bug and whisks his family off to Lancashire to meet his oldest living relative, Martin, only to find him in hospital, too frail to receive visitors. Martin's daughter, Thelma, insists they stay, but her unsettling religious neighbour, Geoffrey, warns against their plans to research Nick's ancestors. It's not long before Suzie wonder if she should have heeded Geoffrey's ominous warning . . .

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