The Devil's Acre

An Unlikely Mystery

Unlikely Mysteries featuring Rev. Tuckworth (Volume 2)

David Holland

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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It is 1833, and you are invited to enter the quaint, quiet world of Bellminster, a pretty cathedral town in the English countryside with secrets and shadows around every corner.

Venture into a world of petty politics and malicious gossip, a world of surprises and betrayals, a world held together by the suffering soul of a simple man - the good Reverend Tuckworth. Someone is preying on the good people of Bellminster, and only their vicar can save them. But Tuckworth has a dark secret of his own, a deadly secret, a secret he must keep hidden from everyone: from his loving daughter, Lucy; from the rash young painter Raphael Amaldi; from the supercilious rector, Mr. Mortimer; from Detective Inspector Myles of London; and most of all, from the murderer himself.

Join the vicar as he sifts through the stones of Bellminster Cathedral, drawing from its cold heart the secrets behind the string of grisly murders that is plaguing this picturesque little town.

The Devil runs free in Bellminster, and only Tuckworth can stop him.

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  CHAPTER I“VAGES!”Darkness fell on London, easing its inky fingers along the dust and filth of the streets of Westminster. Throughout the daylight hours (if that can be called day that only sees the sun through a thick and virulent haze), the city had been engulfed in a flood of noise, the surge of activity, the human neap and ebb of commerce swirling past houses and storefronts, up and down lanes, swamping market stalls and shops, pulsing to the frantic rhythm of a million hearts’ desires. June was creeping toward July upon a fetid wind, and the very air that day had held

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"A first class atmospheric early Victorian murder mystery." --Peter Tremayne, author of The Monk Who Vanished and Valley of the Shadow

"Suspenseful, disturbing, and satisfying, ...a wonderful novel and a chilling examination of the nature of evil." --Molly Brown, author of Invitation to a Funeral

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David Holland

David Holland has a Masters in English with an emphasis on Victorian literature from Purdue University. He has worked as a freelance journalist, college teacher, advertising copywriter, and is now the creative director of WHAS Radio in Kentucky. He is the author of The Devil in Bellminster.

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The Devil's Acre
An Unlikely Mystery
David Holland

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
December 2003
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ISBN: 9781429997836
ISBN10: 1429997834
256 pages
$7.99
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