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Pages: 400
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Strange Magic

An Essex Witch Museum Mystery

Syd Moore

Strange Magic is the first in a witty commercial trilogy with the winning combination of witches and magic ... and Essex Girls
Paperback
9781786070982 (4 May 2017)
RRP £8.99 / US$14.99

The Book

Rosie Strange doesn't believe in ghosts or witches or magic. No, not at all. It's no surprise therefore when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run.

Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There's the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for old bones, those of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there's curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can't decide if he's tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating. It all adds up to looking like her plans to sell the museum might need to be delayed, just for a while.

Finding herself and Sam embroiled in a most peculiar centuries-old mystery, Rosie is quickly expelled from her comfort zone, where to her horror, the secrets of the past come with their own real, and all too present, danger as a strange magic threatens to envelope them all.

Additional Information

Pages 400
Imprint Point Blank

 

About the Author

Syd Moore lives in Essex where the Rosie Strange novels are set. Previously to writing, she was a lecturer and a presenter on Pulp, the Channel 4 books programme. She is the author of the mystery novels The Drowning Pool and Witch Hunt.

Reviews

‘Confident, down-to-earth Essex girl Rosie is an appealing character, and there is plenty of spooky fun in this spirited genre mashup.’

- Guardian

‘A brilliant beginning to a highly original new series. I promise, this book will hold you spellbound!'

- Crimesquad

‘Beautifully researched, rippling with humour, tense and scary in all the right places.'

- Starburst

Strange Magic is that rarest of things: a book which sets out unashamedly to entertain, and does so with wit, style, and erudition. I gleefully submitted to a tale of witchcraft, feminism, mysterious strangers, historical atrocities, plucky heroines and ghastly apparitions - and came away more proud than ever to be an Essex girl.'

- Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent

‘A witty, whip-smart read that captivates the reader and conjures a plot full of danger, fun and romance…the characters are brilliant - relatable, real, witty and warm. The plot is a puzzling mystery that sweeps the reader along, and Moore's voice as a writer is one that will make the reader want to go out and buy her other books.'

- Bookbag

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