The Poisoned Island

Poisoned Island Paperback smallMy second book, The Poisoned Island, was published in 2013. It’s a follow-up to The English Monster, and tells the story of the return of the ship Solander from the island of Tahiti, its hold filled with botanical wonders for the hot houses of Kew Gardens.

But one of these plants is a good deal more than it appears to be. When the crew of the Solander start turning up dead in and around Wapping, their faces frozen in terrible smiles, Charles Horton and John Harriott are once again called in to investigate. What they discovers will challenge the natural philosophy of Regency London, and bring them face-to-face with the president of the Royal Society and friend of the king, Sir Joseph Banks.

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The English Monster

English Monster Paperback smallMy first book, The English Monster, was published in 2012. It is set in Wapping in the early nineteenth century. River Police Office magistrate John Harriott is shocked by the awful and savage murders of two families in his neighbourhood, and calls on his unique constable Charles Horton to investigate. What they will discover has the potential to shock the burgeoning British Empire to its core, as the terrible crimes of 1811 reveal roots going back to the dawn of England’s bloody trade in human souls.

Set against the backdrop of the actual Ratcliffe Highway murders, The English Monster is a dark tale of murder, investigation, slavery and Empire, covering oceans and continents and centuries.

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