The Almanack
by Martine Bailey

The philosophy of time, destiny and the stars pervade this intricate historical mystery in which a young woman determines to avenge her mother’s death.

1752, Midsummer. Following a desperate summons from her mother, Tabitha Hart departs London for her home village of Netherlea – only to discover that her mother has drowned. Determined to discover the truth about the Widow Hart’s death, Tabitha consults her almanack and uncovers a series of cryptic notes describing her mother’s terror of someone she names only as ‘D’.

Teaming up with young writer Nat Starling, Tabitha begins a race against time to unmask ‘D’ before more deaths follow. But as the summer draws to a close and the snow sets in, cutting off Netherlea from the outside world, Tabitha and Nat are forced to face the darkest hours of their lives. With the year predicted to meet a ‘violent, bloody end’’ will Tabitha survive long enough to bring her mother’s killer to justice?


“Puzzle solvers and historians will love this mystery, and Bailey’s richly detailed story is perfect for fans of Ariana Franklin and Rhys Bowen”


“Engrossing … Historical fans are in for a treat”

Publishers Weekly

Martine Bailey

Martine Bailey is the author of two previous mysteries: An Appetite for Violets, selected by Booklist as one of their Top Ten crime fiction debuts, and A Penny Heart was one of the The Sunday Times Top Summer Reads in 2015. She lives in Cheshire, England.

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The Almanack by Martine Bailey is available in the following formats

Hardback *97807278886311st May 2019145 X 225mm336$28.99
Hardback *978072788863131st January 2019145 X 225mm336£20.99
Ebook97814483019591st March 2019N/A304$10.99
Ebook97814483019591st March 2019N/A304£8.99
Paperback97818475198321st November 2019140 X 215mm336$17.95
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