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Magpie Lane

Magpie Lane


When the eight-year-old daughter of an Oxford College Master vanishes in the middle of the night, police turn to the Scottish nanny, Dee, for answers.

As Dee looks back over her time in the Master’s Lodging – an eerie and ancient house – a picture of a high achieving but dysfunctional family emerges: Nick, the fiercely intelligent and powerful father; his beautiful Danish wife Mariah, pregnant with their child; and the lost little girl, Felicity, almost mute, seeing ghosts, grieving her dead mother.

But is Dee telling the whole story? Is her growing friendship with the eccentric house historian, Linklater, any cause for concern? And most of all, why was Felicity silent?

Roaming Oxford’s secret passages and hidden graveyards, Magpie Lane explores the true meaning of family – and what it is to be denied one.


Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 16th April 2020

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781784293840


This atmospheric, propulsive novel creeps up on you like footsteps in the dead of night... a tingling layer of gothic suspense
A complex, creepy and insidious novel
Sinister, utterly compulsive...will keep your pulse racing until its dramatic denouement
This is an enthralling, creepy and endlessly twisty story . . . We galloped to the climax
I absolutely revelled in it. A wonderful, wonderful book. The plotting is superb but the real triumph is the characterisation. The moment I finished, I wanted to read it all over again
Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go
Dark, tense and menacing, I was quickly drawn into the story and couldn't put it down.
CL Taylor, author of Sleep
Wonderfully dark and intriguing . . . Highly recommended
Linda Green, author of The Last Thing She Told Me
A fascinating, brilliant, creepy, intelligent novel
Good Housekeeping
Elegant, clever, beautifully written. Lucy Atkins is, quite frankly, a genius
- Joanna Cannon, author of Three Things About Elsie
Beautifully crafted, unsettling and utterly unputdownable
Nuala Ellwood, author of Day of the Accident