Deryn Lake is a pseudonym of a well know historical novelist. Among the books she has written are the popular John Rawlings Mysteries, Death in the Peerless Pool, Death at the Apothecaries' hall, Death at the Devil's Tavern and others. As all of the titles are preceded by the word death, (unusual to say the least), this is a pretty good indication regarding the contents of the books and very good historical murder mysteries they are. `Deryn Lake' live near Hastings, in East Sussex
The character of John Rawlings has grown into an old and trusted friend and the author's clear and concise writing style makes the pages fly by. The books are good, well researched historical murder mysteries. They are easy reading and a welcome change from the crash, bang wallop of many of the books being published today. Good escapism for the reader, away from the bumps and grinds of everyday life.
It is the Spring of the year 1765 and John Rawlings, apothecary and amateur solver of mysteries is slowly starting to recover from the loss of his wife. A trip to Hellstone to witness the local dancing, with his young daughter Rose and his lady friend Elizabeth de Lorenzi seems like a good idea. But while there they encounter and intriguing group of fellow visitors, among them are a blind musician, a young child who disappears and to add to the plot a beautiful woman, found dead and a coven.
On top of all of this subterfuge while John is in the process of attempting to solve the mystery, the threat widens to include his daughter Rose . . .