'Absolutely delicious black comedy' Susan Hill
An outrageous adventure with the most terrifying villain Brenda's ever faced - her best friend, Effie. Necks are being bitten all over Whitby. In an ordinary town, this would be worrying. Here, it's disastrous, and only Brenda knows why. She's trying to prepare for Christmas at her B&B, but her best friend Effie just hasn't been the same since her suave gentleman friend Alucard reappeared. Meanwhile, at Whitby's new mystery bookstore, new Goth-girl in town Penny is drawn into the strange works and worlds of Edwardian lady novelist Beatrice Mapp. The surprising discoveries she makes will impact on all the ladies of Whitby, especially Effie. And when unexpected help from the shadows of the past illuminates the dangers awaiting them, Brenda realises that she must save her friend - or the consequences will be eternal.
(pronounced Mars) was born in the North East of England and lives in Manchester. After teaching English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and at Manchester Metropolitan University, he now writes full time, and has published fiction for both adults and children, including the acclaimed Brenda and Effie series set in Whitby.