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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781409192220

Price: £8.99

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

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When well-to-do Hester learns of her sister Mercy’s death at a Nottinghamshire workhouse, she travels to Southwell to find out how her sister ended up at such a place.

Haunted by her sister’s ghost, Hester sets out to uncover the truth, when the official story reported by the workhouse master proves to be untrue. Mercy was pregnant – both her and the baby are said to be dead of cholera, but the workhouse hasn’t had an outbreak for years.

Hester discovers a strange trend in the workhouse of children going missing. One woman tells her about the Pale Lady, a ghostly figure that steals babies in the night. Is this lady a myth or is something more sinister afoot at the Southwell poorhouse?

As Hester investigates, she uncovers a conspiracy, one that someone is determined to keep a secret, no matter the cost…

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Praise for Rhiannon Ward:

‘A creepy, evocative mystery’ Heat

‘An historical novel dripping with menace’ Shari Lapena, author of The End of Her

‘If you like gothic mystery, buckle up! This atmospheric read has it all’ Woman magazine

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