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Published by The Book Guild, 28 August 2019. ISBN:
Set in Cornwall not long after the first world war,
the story revolves around Harry Frobisher who was badly injured in action and
is now blind, and his wife Morag. The couple return from their honeymoon in
Europe. After an encounter with a railway guard at Paddington station who tries
to prevent them boarding the train, they eventually find their seats. When the
train arrives in Cornwall, a dead body is discovered in the adjacent carriage.
It turns out to be the difficult guard from London.
It seems the dead man
is a member of a mysterious secret organisation known as The Nest of Rooks. It
appears that one of the organisation was a double agent and in order to protect
his identity, he sets about killing the remaining group members. Morag’s
brother-in-law, Inspector Edwards arrives to take charge of the case.
Harry and Morag are quickly
drawn into this complex mystery. Harry receives a letter from an old army
friend who arrives in Bodmin, but before the two of them meet up, the man is
It soon becomes
evident that the family home, Frobisher Hall holds its own secrets and that
Morag’s freedom is in danger from an old enemy who had imprisoned her in an
insane asylum several years before.
This is a complex
story with a large cast of characters several of whom have their own subplot,
including the mysterious elderly woman who brews poisons living in one the
estate cottages deep in the woods on the Frobisher estate.
When Morag is away
from the hall, Colonel Standish arrives and arrests Harry on a charge of
treason insisting that Harry is the fourth Rook, the double agent who sold
military secrets to the Germans and ordered the killing of the other members.
Fast-paced and packed
with action, unravelling this tangled web of intrigue will keep the reader
guessing until the very end.
Clive Tuckettlives in
Ringwood, Hants and has spent the past 25 years working in banking and
financial services and also holds a BA (Hons) in History. Before embarking on a
career in the financial services, Clive served in the Royal Air Force as a Policeman
and spent the majority of his time guarding nuclear weapons during the Cold War
when tensions between NATO and the Soviet Union were at their highest. As a
boy, Clive's family spent several years living in Bodmin before moving to
Judith Cranswickwas born and brought
up in Norwich. She wrote her first novel (now languishing in the back of a
drawer somewhere) when her two children were toddlers, but there was little
time for writing when she returned to work teaching Geography in a large
comprehensive. It was only after leaving her headship that she was able to take
up writing again in earnest. Judith teaches Tai Chi, and line dancing, yoga,
Pilates and Zumba. Her other hobbies include reading, and travelling. She is
lucky enough to be a cruise lecturer. You can read some of her adventures – the
Ups and Downs of Being a Cruise Lecturer on her September 2014 blog on her home