NEWS OF HOOTING GRANGE -- WESTERN LIGHTS NUMBER ELEVEN!
When Captain Robert Surtees of Falaise found he had lost his livelihood and his beloved ship the Lady Jane after a downturn in the coastal trade, his only recourse was to an inheritance left him years earlier by a maiden aunt. That inheritance was Hooting Grange, a rambling old wilderness of a country manse in the Tillington Road, on the far outskirts of Market Snailsby in Fenshire. With its vast, walled perimeter, steep roofs and clumps of twisted chimneys, the Grange was a sight to behold. And "Ramshackle Great Place" -- the captain's name for the house in his youth -- had a reputation to match. Workmen refused to work in it, housekeepers disliked keeping house in it, because, as people whispered, "there was something wrong with the place" -- despite their affection for the captain's kindly aunt, Miss Belle Normand, who lived there.
Five years now have passed since Miss Normand mysteriously vanished on the road, while traveling to a nearby town to consult a medical specialist for her condition. Her nephew has moved into the Grange, and already trouble has reared its head. Worse yet, according to a provision of his aunt's will Captain Surtees is prohibited from selling the Grange or any part of it or its acres, and so has no practical means of recovering his former life.
In the upcoming eleventh volume in his acclaimed Western Lights series of fantasy-mysteries, author Jeffrey E. Barlough returns to the scene and times of Bertram of Butter Cross, in this new tale of the captain who had lost a ship but gained a -- ?
. . . AND NEWS OF NUMBER TEN
Populated by a host of colorful characters, the tenth volume in author Jeffrey E. Barlough's acclaimed Western Lights series, The Thing in the Close, was released December 4, 2018 by long-time publishers Gresham & Doyle. The new story is a delight of the imagination -- a voyage of discovery, a puzzle, a chilling tale of horror, and a light-hearted cavort, all in one.
Set in the ancient episcopal city of Bogminster, in deepest Slopshire, the new work is an engaging mix filled with surprises. What, for example, is the thing that has been haunting the hallowed walks of the Cathedral close? Who is the enigmatic stranger who has descended -- literally -- upon Bogminster in the dead of night? And last but hardly least, what to make of this new field sport which threatens to take town and country by storm, concocted by the local parish priest of St. Dunstan's and his boyhood chum, a vicar from the wilds of distant Lingonshire?
Deliciously droll and brimming with its author's characteristic humor, The Thing in the Close is a gem: a whimsical treat for all Barlough admirers, fantasy and mystery fans, and just about anyone who values a well-spun yarn, and is likely to secure an even wider public for this gifted storyteller.
For a further preview, click here. For a special tribute to the dedicatee of the new work, the author's late father, and his role in the Western Lights series, click here.