After losing her job and her partner in one fell swoop, journalist Elspeth Reeves is back in her mother’s house in the sleepy village of Wilsby-under-Wychwood, wondering where it all went wrong. Then a body is found in the neighbouring Wychwoods: a woman ritually slaughtered, with cryptic symbols scattered around her corpse. Elspeth recognizes these from a local myth of the Carrion King, a Saxon magician who once held a malevolent court deep in the forest. As more murders follow, Elspeth joins her childhood friend DS Peter Shaw to investigate, and the two discover sinister village secrets harking back decades.

Published by Titan Books

Released 12th September 2017


“…this is local, dark and gritty mythology about murder, betrayal and infectious evil. George Mann’s writing is solid, confident and compelling…” Always Trust in Books

“…a fast paced story which kept me guessing almost to the (satisfyingly dramatic) end. ” Blue Book Balloon

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