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- the prequel to The Esme Quentin Mysteries

How can the shocking death of a young mother in 1835 hold the key to Esme Quentin’s search for truth and justice for her cousin?

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"Fast paced and enthralling, with a wonderful thread of authenticity."

Family Tree Magazine

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Wendy Percival author

Wendy Percival was born in the West Midlands and grew up in rural Worcester. After training as a primary school teacher she moved to Devon to take up her first teaching post and remained in teaching for 20 years.

An impulse buy of Writing Magazine 

prompted her to start writing seriously. She won the magazine's 2002 Summer Ghost Competition and had a short story published before focusing on full length fiction.

The time-honoured "box of old documents in the attic" stirred her interest in genealogy,  the inspiration for her Esme Quentin novels. 

She writes about the secrets she unearths during her own family history research on her blog.


Esme is a determined and feisty protagonist and... it is her tenacity and generosity of spirit which give the book its heart and soul.

The story is fast-paced and enthralling, with well-drawn characters and a wonderful thread of authenticity.

Esme’s bravery and calm approach, make for a thrilling story... and reinforces the quality of this compulsive series of books.

Jo Barton


on Blood-Tied

Karen Clare


on The Indelible Stain

Liz Lloyd

on The Malice of Angels

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Family History Secrets

Uncovering the secrets buried in a family history can be fascinating, sometimes tragic, often surprising and occasionally shocking.


To read about the skeletons Wendy's discovered in her own ancestral cupboard