The Indigo Ghosts
by Alys Clare

In this gripping forensic mystery set in Stuart England, Gabriel Taverner uncovers a series of shocking secrets when he’s summoned by his former naval captain to investigate strange goings-on aboard his ship.

October, 1604.
Former ship’s surgeon turned country physician Gabriel Taverner is surprised to receive an urgent summons from his old naval captain. Now docked in Plymouth harbour, having recently returned from the Caribbean, Captain Colt believes his ship is haunted by an evil spirit, and has asked Gabriel to investigate.

Dismissive of the crew’s wild talk of mysterious blue-skinned ghosts, Gabriel is convinced there must be a rational explanation behind the mass hallucinations. But matters take a disturbing turn when he and the captain discover a body hidden behind one of the bulkheads. Calling on the help of his old friend, Coroner Theophilus Davey, piece by piece Gabriel uncovers a terrifying tale of treachery, dark magic, unimaginable cruelty – and cold-blooded murder.


Excellent … Clare matches well-drawn characters, in particular the charismatic lead, with a head-scratching puzzle and creepy atmospherics. Imogen Robertson fans will be pleased

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

A gripping and unique page-turner that juxtaposes brutal realism with an astonishing, otherworldly, magical adventure … A real standout


A bone-chilling metaphysical mystery

Kirkus Reviews

Wonderfully authentic period details, larger-than-life characters, a thought-provoking plot, and an affecting and powerful conclusion make this one of Clare's best

Booklist Starred Review of The Angel in the Glass

Impressive ... The mystery satisfies with a tragic, far-reaching conclusion. Clare reinforces her place among the top rank of historical writers

Publishers Weekly on The Angel in the Glass

A superb storyteller whose clever, twisty plots; believable characters, and skilful writing will engross the reader from first page to last

Booklist Starred Review of A Rustle of Silk

Gripping ... Characters who are complex individuals complement the well-paced and pleasantly twisty plot

Publishers Weekly on A Rustle of Silk

Alys Clare

Alys Clare lives in the English countryside where her novels are set. She went to school in Tonbridge and later studied English and psychology at the University of Keele and archaeology at the University of Kent. She is the author of the Aelf Fen, Hawkenlye, World’s End Bureau and Gabriel Taverner historical mystery series.

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The Indigo Ghosts by Alys Clare is available in the following formats

Paperback978178029685226th August 2021140 X 217mm256£13.99
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