THE DARKWOOD MYSTERIES

 

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Emily Darkwood is already resisting Victorian society’s expectations of her as a woman of the upper classes, when she receives a strange and life-changing inheritance in the wake of her missing parents. A stone of amber that draws her into mysteries, supernatural, cosmic, and criminal. Armed with this guide stone, her wits, revolver, sword-stick umbrella, and faithful servant-companion, the streetwise, scrappy, and young Jack Hobbs, she determines to challenge the mysteries and threats she encounters in her search to understand the power of the stone, its connection to her parents, and their fates. Yet dark forces conspire against her, and her drive for answers and her fight against the darkness of the world risks her friends, family, her fought for studies in medicine and surgery, and herself.

The Darkwood Mysteries is a non-linear series of short-stories, novellas, and novels enjoyable as standalone tales of horror and adventure, or together as part of a deeper mystery.

1

The Thief of Faces

Why is Darkwood keeping vigil at her friend’s tomb? Darkwood hunts a serial killer with a gruesome signature mutilation. What does a murderer want his victim’s faces for?

(short story)

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2

The Posthumous Child

What secret haunts the country estate of Cecil House? Darkwood receives messages from the other side, whilst a family experiences a ghostly tormentor. What does a spirit child want to be known?

(short story)

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3

The Luminous Marks

Why have glowing marks been left at sites of petty thefts? Darkwood has deciphered them and searches for their maker in London’s fog shrouded night—only to find they have a terrifying source.

(short story)

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4

The Wrath of the Dragon

Who or what is causing terrible fires in the slums of London’s East End? Superstitious fears on the street claim the Chinese are to blame—but could there really be a dragon in London?

(novella)

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5

The Peacock Cabal

What drained a young man of his vitality and left him dead? Men who love men are dying as something takes advantage of the secrecy surrounding their hidden love. Darkwood’s investigation reveals a conspiracy and a sinister threat…

(short story)

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6

The Cult of the Scarab

How does a mummified body, missing from the British Museum, connect to Darkwood’s nightmare of beetles in a foreign red land? The answer is found at the end of a trail of bodies…

(short story)

 

7

The Hag on the Heath

Why is an acquaintance of Darkwood under supernatural attack? Darkwood, Hobbs, the victim’s gypsy kin—her father and his companions—embark on a hunt for a witch. But is all as it seems?

(short story)

 

8

The Rat King

Board members of a charity suffer tragic ends. Where others see unfortunate coincidence, Darkwood suspects murder most strange—death through the mischief of rats… Have rats turned upon us, or is someone or something behind the attacks?

(short story)

 

9

The Spindly-Snatcher

Why is a writer burning down bookshops? Darkwood and Hobbs investigate a creeping madness, but in doing so they find a terrible something stalking between fear and insanity. Have the hunters become the hunted?

(novella)

 

10

The Conspiracies of Shadow & Fire

Conspiracies in the past unfold in the present and pitch Darkwood and Hobbs into a desperate struggle. Who can they trust? As the Hellfire Club and agents of darkness manoeuvre Darkwood and her stone into their traps, will she be able to escape the ultimate evil?

(novel)

 

11

The Hound at the Door

Why are attendees of a séance being hunted by a phantom hound? Whatever the reason, the stalking ends in their disappearance. Darkwood investigates--by becoming an attendee herself...

(novella)

 

12

The Silence of the Veiled Lady

Professor Meredith and his wife supported Darkwood's entry into her surgical studies, but both are now tormented; he by a missing box and its mysterious contents, and she by a secret she was sworn to keep. Darkwood is determined to see justice done.

(novella)

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13

The Philanthropy of the Dead

The dead Montgomery Woods reawakens in his tomb. Returned to the living, why is he set on giving away his wealth? Why have five other men done the same? Darkwood and Hobbs have little time to discover the truth before a family is ruined.

Release date October 2022

(novella)

 

14

The Ghosts of the Black Museum

Release date 2022

 

15

The City of the Drowning

Release date 2023

 

16

The Rise of the Dragon

Release date 2023

 

17

The Book of Lies

Release date 2023

 

18

The Slaves of the Underworld

Release date 2024

 

19

The Gathering of Shadow & Fire

Release date 2024

 

20

The Disaster Man

Release date 2024