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The Golden Key

Marian Womack



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01 March 2020
Historical mysteries; Fantasy; 19th Century; Dark Fantasy / Grimdark; Fairy Tale; Detective Fantasy; Gothic; Ghosts Horror; Supernatural
An extraordinary, page-turning Gothic mystery set in the wilds of the Norfolk Fens from a BSFA-shortlisted author London, 1901.

After the death of Queen Victoria the city heaves with the uncanny and the eerie. Seances are held and the dead are called upon from darker realms.

Samuel Moncrieff, recovering from a recent tragedy of his own, meets Helena Walton-Cisneros, one of London's most reputed mediums. But Helena is not what she seems and she's enlisted by the elusive Lady Matthews to solve a twenty-year-old mystery: the disappearance of her three stepdaughters who vanished without a trace on the Norfolk Fens.

But the Fens are a liminal land, where folk tales and dark magic still linger. With locals that speak of devil-men and catatonic children found on the Broads, Helena finds the answer to the mystery leads back to where it started: Samuel Moncrieff.
By:   Marian Womack
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 130mm, 
Weight:   368g
ISBN:   9781789093254
ISBN 10:   1789093252
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   01 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Marian Womack is a bilingual writer, born in Andalusia and raised in the UK. She is a graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop and the Creative Writing Masters at Cambridge University. She works for Cambridge University libraries, and her professional background is in academic libraries, having worked at Glasgow University Library and the Bodleian. Whilst living in Spain, Marian worked as a translator, desk editor, fiction publisher, and bookseller.

Reviews for The Golden Key

An intriguing and unsettling tale of seances, strange lights, disappearing children and a poacher who swears he has seen the devil in the marshes . . . Womack brings a great sense of the uncanny to the Fens. Alison Littlewood, author of A Cold Season

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