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It has been a while coming, but the latest instalment in the Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren series is finally here.

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Though releases like Sabrina may have kept your Siren cravings satisfied for a short while, finally book 4 in the main saga is here to answer questions about what happened to Fred, Siren, Rick and yes, Harry too.

“I wasn’t going to write more than three books in the main Siren narrative, but the Lily & Rose Saga was a book that just was begging to be written, after all, it didn’t feel right to leave the fate of Fred and Siren hanging in limbo forever.” – C.S. Woolley

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The Lily & Rose Saga is set a few years after the events of the Derek Long Saga, so there is a little bit of a time lapse that readers can fill in the gaps for. It is also the penultimate book in the main narrative.

“The only main narrative book that is left to do is Legacy. Once that is done, then it will be the end of the Siren series. Before Legacy comes though there are a fair few of the shorter infill books planned and there is a bumper collection of five books that will contain all the Siren stories in chronological order – just to make it a little easier to read.” – C.S. Woolley

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Though it is nearly the end of the road for the sassy private detective, the Lily & Rose Saga is out now in paperback and digital formats.

 

It’s finally here, after all the delays and other releases, the latest instalment of the Chronicles of Celadmore has arrived. Book 7 in the series is set 10 years after the events of End of Days, and is the first book in the Fading Dawn trilogy.

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“Peace cannot survive as a new threat rises.”

Gruagadon is king, the dead kingdom of Nesca has been resurrected by the return of the Fallen Prince to the throne, but all is not well in the realm of Celadmore.

One evil has been defeated, Venetia, Allamonto, Kania and Nodarto gave their lives, along with many others, to defeat Aksoth, but as one evil falls another rises to take its place.

A new guardian brought the old age to an end, but the nature of evil is set to endure.

frontwdfdesignWhen Darkness Falls is out now on the Etsy store in paperback and in digital format. It follows the characters that survived the final confrontation in the city of Grashindorph and the start of the new age for Celadmore.

Not only does When Darkness Falls launch the third trilogy in the Chronicles of Celadmore series, it is the first book to follow a male protagonist instead of a female one. In the Rising Empire story arc, the story follows Queen Kasnata. In the Shroud of Darkness story arc, the books follow Queen Venetia. The Fading Dawn story arc follows Prince Malachi.

When Darkness Falls is also the book that features the lucky winners of the Murder in March contest held in 2016. Denise Meyer, Chris Turnbull and Rainne Atkins all won the chance to be killed off in this volume of the Celadmore series.

“The battlefield; a place where heroes are made, legends thrive, myths enthral and lives are broken.”

Crimson blood spattered the white floor and a cry escaped from between cracked and bruised lips. A glinting blade clattered to the floor.

“Such needless destruction.” Amused eyes gleamed in the candlelight and a frustrated figure punched the white marble. The light was low in the Hall of Kings in the Palace of Grashindorph.

It was closer to dawn than nightfall, but the young prince was determined to master his training before he went to bed.

All things were promised to Malachi, Prince of Grashindorph and the Order. The son of two kingdoms, a son of peace and a son of war.

To find out more about the Chronicles of Celadmore, click here.

We have something a little different for you all today, rather than posting about Good Friday and the symbolism of Easter, the Mightier Than the Sword UK blog is being taken over not by one of our authors, but by one of the characters.

We are handing over the blog to Cassandra, guardian of the wilds from the Chronicles of Celadmore series for a look at the downsides to being immortal, at least as far as she is concerned.

Something that all mortals seem to yearn for is a way to cheat death, to live beyond their years and often trying to gain immortality. There are some who spend their entire lives seeking eternal youth combine with eternal life, and others that come to the conclusion that they need to live longer when the autumn years of their life descend.

But no matter how they try to cheat death, they cannot escape it. But living forever is not all that it seems to be. There are several reasons that I have found that make immortality particularly unpalatable.

  1. Finding the armour you had 300 years ago is back in style and you have no idea where you left it.
  2. Keeping large amounts of gold in one location invariably leads to adventurers trying to either rob you, battle you for your gold hoard or creating grandiose myths that cause armies to try and storm your home.
  3. Keeping gold in multiple locations leads to you having to draw a map to keep track of where all of it is kept. after 100 years, people steal it thinking it is a treasure map.
  4. Being a great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandmother not only is a bit of a mouthful, but the only other person that can relate to how old it makes you feel is your mother.
  5. Trying to keep the same waist line over the millennia is a lot harder than most people think.
  6. Watching mortals bicker is funny at first, but after 2,000 years it becomes rather boring when the same arguments keeping coming around. You begin to wonder how it is that they haven’t worked out some kind of compromise.
  7. When someone finds your diary from your teenage years and they start gushing about discovering an ancient manuscript in a dead language that must hold the knowledge of ancients is actually quite hurtful.
  8. You have to spend your entire existence watching those that you love wither and die before your eyes. No matter how many times it happens, the pain only seems to grow as you carry more loss in your heart. It keeps growing until you stop caring and will death to take you.

Curious as to why Cassandra is so concerned with making immortality sound less attractive? You’ll be able to find out on Monday when When Darkness Falls, book 7 in the Chronicles of Celadmore is released.

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Today is the day! Wyrd has finally been released after several delays. Yes, you can now step back in time to the 700s with this Anglo Saxon series, set before the Viking invasion, the Children of Snotingas follows a group of children as King Penda separates from Northumbria and the kingdom of Mercia is born.

Wyrd is the first book in the series and marks the start of the first story arc of 8 books that explore the lives of nobles and slaves alike during the time of the Anglo Saxons. Using historical accounts, C.S. Woolley has pieced together this world and the events that occurred 1300 years ago in order to bring them to life for children and adults alike.

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Wyrd: Book 1 The Children of Snotingas by C.S. Woolley, artwork by Davy Ross

 

Step back in time to the age of King Penda, when the kingdom of Mercia was born.

Life in Anglo-Saxon England is far from fair. There are strict classes that all people fall into. At the top there are the kings, then the thanes. After the thanes come the warriors, then the ceorls, and at the very bottom are the slaves. Women are not equal to men; and then there are the prisoners.

With Mercia breaking away from Northumbria and war stirring the blood, there are a handful of boys that want to change their lot in life and move from being slaves to warriors. Wayland, Halsey and Channing are the sons of slaves that have the chance to change their stars and train with the sons of the ceorls to become warriors in Snot’s army. Ravinger, the youngest son of Snot, has been put in charge of their training.

But all is not well in Snotingas. Kipp, Morven and Nyle are prisoners of Snot, captured sons of the Thane’s of Northumbria, and they are determined to cause as many problems as they can for their captors. Though the sons of Snotingas are preparing for battle, the sons of Northumbria still have to contend with the daughters of Snotingas.

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It has been a day of excitement and squealing in the Mightier Than the Sword UK offices today. You may think there is nothing new there as we work in a world of books where geeks roam freely, but today has been a time when there has been a lot more squealing than normal.

The reason for all the squealing and excitement is that the photography of the completed arm rings of Yngvar has arrived and, well judge for yourself how beautiful it looks.

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We will admit that after the initial moment of awe had come and gone, the only person who kept squealing was C.S. Woolley, but it isn’t every day that you see the magical inventions of your imagination carefully crafted in bronze and ready to ship. (There is now a theory floating around that C.S. Woolley might actually be Sauron and that the arm rings are a cunning plot to enslave the world and plunge all the lands into a second darkness – we’ll keep you posted on that one).

But here is a closer look at each with a run down of which arm ring belongs to which book and how much you can get your very own arm ring for. Each has been crafted from solid bronze and made by hand using traditional Viking methods.

Thor’s Hammer Arm Ring

bt_thorshammer_bracelet_bronzeThis particular arm ring belongs to Erland and is guarded by the Disir, Aldis. Found in the cave close to the town of Lindholm, it is the first arm ring to be found and claimed. It is discovered in FATE.

Price: £35

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

FATE Arm Ring Gift Set: £40 (includes a paperback and digital copy of FATE and the Thor’s Hammer Arm Ring)

 

Dragon Head Twisted Arm Ring

bt_4mm_dragon_bracelet_bronzeThe dragon head arm ring is found by Riki is WAR. It is guarded by Thormar the dragon on the island of Fyn. It is the second arm ring to be claimed.

Price: £30

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

WAR Arm Ring Gift Set: £35 (includes a paperback and digital copy of WAR and the Dragon Head Twisted Arm Ring)

 

Wolf Head Twisted Arm Ring

bt_4mm_wolf_bracelet_bronzeThough you might have expected this to belong to Eva, this is actually Dalla’s arm ring. Found in the book WIFRITH, it is the third arm ring to be claimed and is guarded by Oda the Ellepige.

Price: £30

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

WIFRITH Arm Ring Gift Set: £35 (includes a paperback and digital copy of WIFRITH and the Wolf Head Twisted Arm Ring)

 

Danish Bracelet Arm Ring

bt_danish_bracelet_bronzeThe fourth arm ring of Yngvar to be found and claimed is the Danish Bracelet Arm Ring. It is found in DOUBT by Beatrix in the land of Álfheimr and is guarded by Þiagn the elf.

Price: £35

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

DOUBT Arm Ring Gift Set: £40 (includes a paperback and digital copy of DOUBT and the Danish Bracelet Arm Ring)

 

Odin’s Raven Twisted Arm Ring

bt_4mm_raven_head_bracelet_bronzeThe fifth of the arm rings to be found. The Odin’s Raven Twisted Arm Ring was found by Pieter on Skåne in the book of the same name. It is guarded by Pernille the Pesta.

Price: £30

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

SKÅNE Arm Ring Gift Set: £35 (includes a paperback and digital copy of SKÅNE and the Odin’s Raven Twisted Arm Ring)

 

Ship Bracelet Viking Arm Ring

bt_ship_bracelet_bronzeWhen a book is entitled SHIPWRECKED it is only fitting that the arm ring of Yngvar should be emblazoned with a ship. This arm ring is found by Camila and is the sixth arm ring to be claimed. It is guarded by Tokki the Draug.

Price: £35

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

SHIPWRECKED Arm Ring Gift Set: £40 (includes a paperback and digital copy of SHIPWRECKED and the Ship Bracelet Arm Ring)

 

Valknut Bracelet Arm Ring

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Guarded by Maren the Havsrå, this arm ring is found by Christian during the events of FEAR. It is the seventh arm ring to be found and was hidden close to the town of Roskilde.

Price: £35

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

FEAR Arm Ring Gift Set: £40 (includes a paperback and digital copy of FEAR and the Valknut Bracelet Arm Ring)

 

Jutland Bracelet Arm Ring

bt_jutland_bracelet_bronze_newThe final arm ring of Yngvar to be found during the events of HOME. It is claimed by Eva under the town of Ribe and guarded by Stefan, king of the Dvergar.

Price: £35

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

HOME Arm Ring Gift Set: £40 (includes a paperback and digital copy of HOME and the Valknut Bracelet Arm Ring)

There are currently 4 large Jutland bracelet arm rings available that are suitable for men’s wrists for £50 each including free UK delivery.

 

Want the whole set?

bt_bronze_braceletsIf you just can’t decide which arm ring to buy, then you can get the whole set.

Price: £230

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £11.80

 

The prices are based on the size and weight of the arm ring. The Twisted Arm Rings are lighter than the bracelets and the Jutland Bracelet is the heaviest of all the arm rings. To order simply visiting https://PayPal.Me/mttsuk/ and entering the amount due for the arm ring or gift set you want to purchase along with the additional comment of the name and address of the recipient. If you also include an email address, then a receipt and confirmation of shipping can be sent to you.

You can also order by emailing office@mightierthanthesworduk.com providing details of which items you want and where they are to be shipped, an invoice will be sent to you for the items ordered and once payment has been made your order will be dispatched.

Alternatively you can visit the Etsy Store to make a purchase.

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If you hadn’t already heard, C.S. Woolley will be appearing at Wilmslow Library in Cheshire during the Easter Holidays as part of the launch for WYRD, book 1 in the all new Children of Snotingas series. Not only will C.S. Woolley be on hand to sign books and pose for photos, she will also be giving a talk on dyslexia, her Viking series, the Children of Ribe and the latest series, the Children of Snotingas.

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You can pre-order books for the event at discounted prices (see below for details), but the best thing is that with every pre-order you also get entered into our fabulous competition! 4 runners up will win free entry into the library event and a signed copy of WYRD and one lucky winner will received free entry to the library event, a signed copy of WYRD and a character named after them or their child in HILD, the second book in the Children of Snotingas series.

Item Cost
The Children of Ribe: A Viking Saga for Children Book 1: FATE £5.99
The Children of Ribe: A Viking Saga for Children Book 2: WAR £5.99
The Children of Ribe: A Viking Saga for Children Book 3: WIFRITH £5.99
The Children of Ribe: A Viking Saga for Children Book 4: DOUBT £5.99
The Children of Ribe: A Viking Saga for Children Book 5: SKÅNE £5.99
The Children of Ribe: A Viking Saga for Children Book 6: SHIPWRECKED 60p from each sale  goes to the RNLI £5.99
The Children of Ribe: A Viking Saga for Children Book 7: FEAR £5.99
The Children of Ribe: A Viking Saga for Children Book 8: HOME £5.99
The Children of Snotingas: An Anglo Saxon Saga for Children Book 1: WYRD £5.99
FATE Gift Set: Includes paperback book, eBook and A3 poster of the Children of Ribe Map £11.95
Just the Books Gift Set: Includes all 8 paperbacks in the Children of Ribe series as separate books. £4.50 from each sale of this Gift Set goes to the RNLI £45
Children of Ribe Gift Set Framed: Includes all 8 paperback book, 8 eBooks, plus framed A3 posters of the map, FATE cover art, WAR cover art and WIFRITH cover art. £6 from each sale of this gift set goes to the RNLI £75
Children of Ribe Gift Set: Includes all 8 paperback book, 8 eBooks, plus unframed A3 posters of the map, FATE cover art, WAR cover art and WIFRITH cover art. £6 from each sale of this gift set goes to the RNLI £62.50
The Arm Ring of Yngvar: Bronze replicas of the eight arm rings of Yngvar in the Children of Ribe series. Crafted by Jelling Dragon exclusively for C.S. Woolley using the same method that the Vikings used to forge their own arm rings. The arm rings include the following:

Erland Kalebsen (FATE) – Thor’s Hammer Arm Ring – £35 each
Riki Andersen (WAR) – Dragon Head Arm Ring – £40 each
Dalla Ingeborgsdotter (WIFRITH) – Wolf Head Twisted Arm Ring – £35 each
Beatrix Anderdatter (DOUBT) – Danish Bracelet Arm Ring – £40 each
Pieter Mateosen (SKANE) – Raven Head Twisted Arm Ring – £40 each
Camila Anderdatter (SHIPWRECKED) – Ship Bracelet Arm Ring – £35 each
Christian Andersen (FEAR) – Valknut Bracelet Arm Ring – £40 each
Eva Axeldatter (HOME) – Jutland Bracelet Arm Ring – £45 each

 

 

 

£35 – £45 see each item.

The Arm Rings of Yngvar Collection: The 8 books of the first story arc in the Children of Ribe series in one volume. Includes FATE, WAR, WIFRITH, DOUBT, SKÅNE, SHIPWRECKED, FEAR and HOME £33.99
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From left to right: back row – Danish Bracelet Arm Ring, Thor’s Hammer Arm Ring, Valknut Bracelet Arm Ring, and Jutland Bracelet Arm Ring. front row – Raven Head Twisted Arm Ring, Dragon Head Twisted Arm Ring, and Wolf Head Twisted Arm Ring

Payments via Paypal and Card can be made by visiting https://PayPal.Me/mttsuk/ and entering the amount due with the additional comment “Wilmslow Library Event” followed by the name on the order. All book orders must be placed with payment by Monday 10th April 2017 to guarantee the books will be available on 13th April. Any orders received after this can be posted out at no extra cost to any UK postal address or shipped to the library.

You can access a PDF of the order form here: Price List Wilmslow Library Event

All payments must be made via paypal to pre-order books. Cash payments will be accepted on the day, but stock cannot be guaranteed. Please email all completed order forms to office@mightierthanthesworduk.com along with the name of the person the order is for. Alternatively, include the books and merchandise being ordered in the notes on the paypal payment.

17309005_10158303561925024_4504106175416710855_nFor those of you who have enjoyed reading the Children of Ribe books, we are extremely pleased to announce that our Etsy store is now stocking Viking arm ring replicas. These are not just any old arm rings though.

With the help of Jelling Dragon, we are offering historically accurate replicas of arm rings, some that have been specifically tailored to make the eight arm rings of Yngvar that appear in the Children of Ribe books.

All cast in bronze, these arm rings are made in the traditional fashion that the Vikings used hundreds of years ago. They can be made wider or narrower to fit different wrist sizes and are surprisingly light and comfortable to wear.

17342675_10158315306050024_6204636733855376756_nUntil Sunday 19th, we have an offer on the arm rings as well – you can save £5 by entering
the code TWEET05 at the checkout when purchasing your arm ring from the Etsy store.

This offer applies not only to the arm rings of Yngvar as individual items, but also to the all new Children of Ribe gift sets that include the relevant arm ring of Yngvar as well as a paperback and digital copy of the book in question.

There is also the new Arm Ring of Yngvar collection, a paperback that features the first 8 books in the Children of Ribe series in one collection.

The Etsy Store listings:

The Arm Rings of Yngvar Collection in paperback – £35.99 including free UK P&P

The Arm Rings of Yngvar replica arm rings- £40.00 – £45.00 each including free UK P&P

Book 2: WAR arm ring gift set – £45.00 including free UK P&P

Book 3: WIFRITH arm ring gift set – £45.00 including free UK P&P

Book 6: SHIPWRECKED arm ring gift set – £50.00  including free UK P&P and a donation of £5 to the RNLI.

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With things in the process of changing around the Mightier Than the Sword UK Publications offices, we’ve had some delays and reworkings of release dates. To make it slightly easier to know what’s due to be released and when here is our guide to March and April.

March 2017

The Arm Rings of Yngvar Collection is the 31st book by C.S. Woolley to be published. It contains FATE, WAR, WIFRITH, DOUBT, SKANE, SHIPWRECKED, FEAR and HOME all in a single volume.

Brother is the debut novel from Marlena R. Smith and is a Military Science Fiction story about brothers-in-arms.

All Hallows’ Eve in Stickleback Hollow is the second book in the series and takes place a few weeks after the first instalment in the series, A Thief in Stickleback Hollow (which is also the perfect gift for Mother’s Day).

April 2017

April sees the delayed release of WYRD, book 1 in the Children of Snotingas series and When Darkness Falls, the long anticipated sequel to End of Days.

April is also when we see the latest instalment in the Raven Siren main narrative, the Lily & Rose Saga, following on from the Derek Long Saga and finally gives readers some answers as to what happened to Fred and Siren.

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brother-frontThe day has finally come for Brothers! There have been a few delays with this particular book, but we are thrilled to announce that it has finally been released.

This debut novel from Marlena R. Smith is a tale of love and loyalty between brothers-in-arms – though it isn’t without its dark side. To give you a better idea of what to expect from this book, here is the blurb.

SOLDIERS ARE THERE TO KILL AND BE KILLED

They see us only as numbers, as less than them, created to be Soldiers made to fight in their war. But we are more than that, we are brothers, we gave ourselves names.

Some of us will live through training, but some of us will die. Soldiers are there to be killed, whether from their tests or because we fail in our mission. Soldiers are there to kill, fighting in a war we didn’t ask for.

But even amongst brothers there are secrets. There is something that they are not telling me. My brothers tell me I’m special, but I just don’t see it. Soldiers are there to kill and be killed, so why am I so important? Brotherhood will be put to the test as we battle to be the best. I am a soldier, I was made to fight their war, I cannot lose.

Brothers is available from Amazon, our Etsy Store, Smashwords and other good retailers.

Not only are we celebrating the release of Brothers today, we are also getting excited about the next book in the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow. All Hallows’ Eve in Stickleback Hollow is set for release on 20th March and is the latest instalment in the life of Lady Sarah Montgomery Baird Watson-Wentworth, and here to whet your appetite for the next cosy mystery is the brand new cover and the book blurb.

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When her parents die from fever, Lady Sarah Montgomery Baird Watson-Wentworth has to leave India, a land she was born and raised in, and travel to England for the first time. Finding it almost impossible to adjust to London society, Sarah flees to the county of Cheshire and the country estate of Grangeback that borders the village of Stickleback Hollow. A place filled with oddballs, eccentrics and more suspicious characters than you can shake a stick at, Sarah feels more at home in the sleepy little village than she ever did in the big city, however, even sleepy little villages have mysteries that must be solved.

It’s all Hallows’ Eve in Stickleback Hollow and the annual ball at Tatton Park is being held. It’s Sarah’s first formal engagement since leaving London, and she isn’t looking forward to it – especially when the people she thinks of as friends are not invited. The veil between the spirit and living worlds is at its thinnest, and evil forces seem to be lurking everywhere.

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front-leopardWith Mother’s Day fast approaching, and A Thief in Stickleback Hollow as the ideal Mother’s Day present (only £6.99 in paperback from Amazon and our Etsy Store), we’ve decided to put together a post that details a little trivia from the book.

Aside from the information contained in the historical note (we won’t spoil that for you) there are a few other things that are well worth mentioning. For those of you who don’t follow C.S. Woolley on social media, you might not know that she is an ardent cricket fan (she supports Nottingham County Cricket Club and is a member). Not knowing this, you might miss the logic behind her naming choices in the Stickleback Hollow books, so here is a run down of the characters and who they were named for in A Thief in Stickleback Hollow.

The name Lewisham is included in honour of Lewisham Cricket Club that was one of the most prestigious London Cricket Clubs in the Victorian Era.

Sarah – Sarah Taylor is a current women’s cricketer for England. She is a wicketkeeper-batsman and is well-known for her free flowing stroke play. She can be seen opening the batting in one day matches and batting in the middle order during Test matches. She plays domestic cricket for Sussex.

Montgomery – Robbie Montgomery was a right-arm fast-medium bowler for Gloucestershire until the end of 2015 season, when he was released.He previously played for the Gloucestershire and Somerset Second XI.

Baird – Sam Baird was born in Perth, Australia,and played for the Derbyshire Second XI.

Watson – Shane “Watto” Watson is now retired, but the Australian all-rounder only retired in 2016 when he was considered the No.1 T20 all-rounder.

Wentworth – Wentworth “Tom” Wills was a Victorian cricketer and one of the founders of Australian rules football. He was seen as the first cricketer of significance to be born in Australia. He sadly committed suicide at the age of 44 after he had become “a complete and dangerous and apparently incurable alcoholic” – David Frith.

Stephen – Stephen Parry is a left arm spinner who plays for Lancashire.

Cynthia – Cynthia Malaka is a South African cricketer who has played for Mpumalanga Women.

George – George Mann CBE, DSO, MC was a cricketer for England, Cambridge University and Middlesex. He captained England during his career. His father, Frank Mann, also captained England, which made them the first father and son to both captain England.

Webb – Jonathon Webb is a right-arm medium bowler who played for Warwickshire until the end of the 2016 cricket season, when he was released.

Thomas – Tom Curran qualified to play for England in 2016. He plays domestic cricket for Surrey and has played for the England Lions as well as recently having been called up to England ODI squad to play in the Caribbean.

Forsythe – Brett Forsyth is an Australian wicketkeeper that has played for Dandenong and the Victoria Under-19s.

Cooky – Alistair Cook is the former captain of the England Test side who also plays for

Alex – Alex Hales is one of the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club players that has played for England in the Test, ODI and T20 formats.

Hunter – Jack Hunter is a New Zealand cricketer that has played for New Zealand Under-19s, New Zealand XI,Otago, Otago A and Otago Under-19s.

Henry – Matt Henry is another New Zealand cricketer who plays for Worcestershire and New Zealand International team.

Cartwright – Hilton Cartwright is an Australian All-Rounder who made his Test debut for the national Australian side in January of this year.He plays for the Perth Scorchers and Western Australia.

Baker – Thomas Baker played for Yorkshire and Northamptonshire between 2001 and 2005.

Evans – Laurie Evans is a cricketer currently contracted to Sussex County Cricket Club who has also played for Warwickshire, MCC and Northamptonshire.

Jack – Jack Russell was an eccentric wicketkeeper who played for England and Gloucestershire.

Mark – Mark Wood is a right-arm fast bowler who plays domestic cricket for Durham and is part of the England cricket side.

Lucy – Lucy Pearson is a former England bowler who took over as the ECB women’s cricket representative from Baroness Rachel Heyhoe-Flint in 2016.

Mary – Mary Duggan was a rught-handed batsman and an incredible bowler for England and took 7 for 6 against Australia, which remain the best test figures in English women’s test history.

May – Peter May played for Surry, Cambridge University and England as a batsman. He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009, 15 years after his death.

Margaret – Margaret Rutherford was a cricketer who played four test matches for England in 1960/61.

Other than these cricketing names, there are few other reference that have been crammed into the story. The surname de Mandeville comes from Geoffrey & William de Mandeville from the 1100s, Constable Arwyn Evans is named for a Welsh policeman by the name of Arywn Phillips who once served in the Cheshire Police force and now lives in Llandudno. Emma and Wilson from the inn are named for C.S. Woolley’s friends, Emma and Chris, who recently got engaged.

Harald the horse is named after Harald that fought against Harold at the battle of Stamford Bridge. Bosworth and Mrs. Bosworth are named after the battle of Bosworth field. Black Guy the horse is named after one of C.S. Woolley’s favourite characters from Raymond E. Feist’s Magician series. Kneelingroach is a reference to the West Wing and the use of John Smith and his pocket watch are both references to Doctor Who.

Yes, we’re surprised that she managed to fit in a story around all of the reference as well! With the second book in the series, All Hallows Eve in Stickleback Hollow coming out 20th March 2017, we’ve been assured that there are many more cricketing references to come, as well as another gripping cosy mystery.

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