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I've written three Victorian gothic mysteries, all published by Orion Books.

The first, The Somnambulist, was shortlisted for the National Book Awards, was featured on Channel 4's Book Show as one of the best reads of 2013, and has now been optioned for TV/film by Hat Trick Productions.

Elijah's Mermaid, features the hypocrisy in VIctorian art and literature, and how those worlds sometimes overlap with the murkier demimonde. There are brothels, asylums, freak shows...and mermaids!

The Goddess and the Thief (Paperback published this coming November 2014) has been called an "oriental gothic' - with deposed Indian Maharajahs, Hindu gods and sacred diamonds - not to mention the candlelit seances held in English drawing rooms.

And now, I'm moving
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Average rating: 3.43 · 1,710 ratings · 311 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
The Somnambulist
3.31 of 5 stars 3.31 avg rating — 1,168 ratings — published 2011 — 10 editions
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 403 ratings — published 2012 — 8 editions
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 139 ratings — published 2013 — 5 editions
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Hidden beneath the oak-beamed roof of St Thomas' church in historic Southwark, you will find a 300 year-old garret once used by St Thomas' apothecary for the storage and curing of the herbs that were used for medicinal purposes.


Some wards of St Thomas' hospital were built around this baroque church - and connected to the garret itself is the Old Operating Theatre; the only such theatre to sur... Read more of this blog post »
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