Death on the Romney Marsh by Deryn Lake
Summoned to attend a patient in a house near the lonely Romney Marsh, Rawlings does not suspect that he is walking into a web of conspiracy, intrigue and mystery. Until he discovers a body near a deserted church, bearing a coded document.
Rawlings reports the case to London’s famous blind magistrate John Fielding who identifies the victim as a French spy master. So Rawlings returns to the marshes to investigate who, amongst the colourful local characters, could be harbouring politically explosive secrets…
A twisting, atmospheric tale of murder and espionage, based on a tantalising mix of fact and fiction.
Deryn Lake started to write stories at the age of five then graduated to novels but destroyed all her early work because, she says, it was hopeless. A chance meeting with one of the Getty family took her to Sutton Place and her first serious novel was born. Deryn was married to a journalist and writer, the late L.F. Lampitt, has two grown-up children and lives in Mayfield, Sussex, with two large cats. She is also the author of Fortune’s Soldier, Sutton Place, To Sleep No More, The King’s Women, and Pour The Dark Wine.