The Mausoleum
by David Mark

When lightning strikes an ancient crypt, it exposes a devastating wartime secret in this compelling psychological thriller.

1967. In a quiet village in the wild lands of the Scottish borders, disgraced academic Cordelia Hemlock is trying to put her life back together. Grieving the loss of her son, she seeks out the company of the dead, taking comfort amid the ancient headstones and crypts of the local churchyard. When lightning strikes a tumbledown tomb, she glimpses a corpse that doesn’t belong among the crumbling bones. But when the storm passes and the body vanishes, the authorities refuse to believe the claims of a hysterical ‘outsider’.

Teaming up with a reluctant witness, local woman Felicity Goose, Cordelia’s enquiries all lead back to a former POW camp that was set up in the village during the Second World War. But not all Gilsland’s residents welcome the two young women’s interference. There are those who believe the village’s secrets should remain buried … whatever the cost.

Reviews

Exceptional … Mark is writing at the top of his game

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Deft writing, a plot filled with strange and unexpected twists, vivid characters, and a constant feeling of foreboding make this a gripping and unusual read

Booklist

This intricately plotted bleak story has a menacing tone … a very British tale

Library Journal

Sure to please fans of Catriona McPherson

Kirkus Reviews

A quiet, unassuming crime novel, but it is one of my favourites so far this year

Jeff Popple, Deadly Pleasures magazine

David Mark

David Mark spent seven years as crime reporter for the Yorkshire Post and now writes full-time. The first novel in his DS McAvoy series, Dark Winter, was selected for the Harrogate New Blood panel (where he was Reader in Residence) and was a Richard & Judy pick and a Sunday Times bestseller. Dead Pretty was longlisted for the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger in 2016. He lives in Northumberland with his family.

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Editions

The Mausoleum by David Mark is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278887233rd June 2019145 X 222mm272$28.99
Hardback978072788872328th February 2019145 X 222mm272£20.99
Ebook97814483021091st April 2019N/A304$10.99
Ebook97814483021091st April 2019N/A304£8.99
Hardback - Large Print978072782952831st March 2020145 X 222mm384$36.95
Hardback - Large Print978072782952831st January 2020145 X 222mm384£22.99
Paperback97818475199791st December 2019140 X 215mm304$17.95
Paperback978184751997930th September 2019140 X 215mm304£12.99
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