Posts Tagged ‘Cosy Mystery’

20813481_10159107159330024_422380415_oThe journey that Sarah and Lieutenant Forsythe take from India to England is one that travellers in the early 1800s would have had to brave before the Suez Canal was completed and the establishment of direct voyages from England to India.

The two departed from Bombay on the Hugh Lindsay steamer, a boat that sailed between Bombay and Suez. It was a vessel built by the East India Company and weighed 411 tons. She never carried cargo, but mainly carried mail and passengers. She was confined to chugging backwards and forwards on the Red Sea rather than trying to sail the full distance between Bombay and Portsmouth.

There was no direct route between England and India in 1838 so travellers had to journey to Suez and then from Suez to Cairo over 80 miles of desert on camels or sand carts. The port of Cairo was a donkey ride from the city where passengers had to then sail on the Nile to Enfe. From Enfe they would then have to take the Mahmoudieh Canal to the city of Alexandria.

Alexandria was the last city that travellers had to visit before taking a steamer to Portsmouth, and then finally a coach ride or horse would take travellers from Portsmouth to London.

This journey could take months to complete if the weather was bad. Construction on the Suez Canal began in 1859 and was finished in 1869. It was opened on 17th November 1869.

The Suez Canal begins at Port Said, a city that was established for the canal in Egypt and finishes at Port Twefik, now known as the Suez Port. When the canal was completed the journey between England and India was reduced down to only ten to twenty days.

It was originally a single-lane waterway with places at the Ballah Bypass and the Great Bitter Lake for ships to pass each other.

Seawater flows freely through the canal as it has no locks or gates. In 2014, construction began to expand the canal which was officially opened on 24th February 2016.

You can find out why Lady Sarah and Lieutenant Forsythe were taking this perilous journey from India to England in A Thief in Stickleback Hollow, book 1 in C.S. Woolley‘s Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow.

Not everything is as simple as it first appears in the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow. Step back in time to Victorian England with these charming books that combine the best of Jane Austen, Agatha Christie and the quintessentially British country manor to bring you historical fiction that will leave your heart racing.

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If you’re looking to purchase gifts for Christmas from the Mightier Than the Sword UK online store, then today is the LAST day that you can do that. As it takes at least two working days to process orders, we will do our best to process any orders placed after today before we close for Christmas on 19th December.

You will still be able to order items from the online store and there will be online help available to advise you of processing times during the closure of the offices. Our offices reopen on 8th January 2018 when we will recommence the processing of all back orders in the order that they were received. Our standard processing time on an order is between two and five working days. The reason for the processing time is down to making appointments with our authors in order to get books signed. (We can’t keep them in their cages all the time).

If you have any questions about an order you have placed or any of our products, then please feel free to contact the online store.

The following items are available from the online store:

Paperbacks
  • A Miracle of Grace by Harry Mirfin
  • Brothers by Marlena R. Smith
  • In Exchange by Steven M. Caddy
  • We Do Not Kill Children (Book 1, Tales from Ragaris) by Penelope Wallace
  • The 10th Province of Jaryar (Book 2, Tales from Ragaris) by Penelope Wallace
  • FATE (Book 1, The Children of Ribe) by C.S. Woolley
  • WAR (Book 2, The Children of Ribe) by C.S. Woolley
  • WIFRITH (Book 3, The Children of Ribe) by C.S. Woolley
  • DOUBT (Book 4, The Children of Ribe) by C.S. Woolley
  • SKANE (Book 5, The Children of Ribe) by C.S. Woolley
  • SHIPWRECKED (Book 6, The Children of Ribe) by C.S. Woolley
  • FEAR (Book 7, The Children of Ribe) by C.S. Woolley
  • HOME (Book 8, The Children of Ribe) by C.S. Woolley
  • The Arm Rings of Yngvar Collection (Books 1 to 8, The Children of Ribe) by C.S. Woolley
  • WYRD (Book 1, The Children of Snotingas) by C.S. Woolley
  • HILD (Book 2, The Children of Snotingas) by C.S. Woolley
  • Rising Empire: Part 1 (Book 1, The Chronicles of Celadmore) by C.S. Woolley
  • Rising Empire: Part 2 (Book 2, The Chronicles of Celadmore) by C.S. Woolley
  • Rising Empire: Part 3 (Book 3, The Chronicles of Celadmore) by C.S. Woolley
  • Shroud of Darkness (Book 4, The Chronicles of Celadmore) by C.S. Woolley
  • Lady of Fire (Book 5, The Chronicles of Celadmore) by C.S. Woolley
  • End of Days (Book 6, The Chronicles of Celadmore) by C.S. Woolley
  • Rising Empire Trilogy (Books 1 to 3, The Chronicles of Celadmore) by C.S. Woolley
  • Shroud of Darkness Trilogy (Books 4 to 6, The Chronicles of Celadmore) by C.S. Woolley
  • A Thief in Stickleback Hollow (Book 1, The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow) by C.S. Woolley
  • All Hallows’ Eve in Stickleback Hollow (Book 2, The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow) by C.S. Woolley
  • Mr. Daniel Cooper of Stickleback Hollow (Book 3, The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow) by C.S. Woolley
  • The Day the Circus came to Stickleback Hollow (Book 4, The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow) by C.S. Woolley
  • A Bonfire Surprise in Stickleback Hollow (Book 5, The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow) by C.S. Woolley
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Die (Book 6, The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow) by C.S. Woolley
  • 12 Days of Christmas in Stickleback Hollow (Book 26, The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow) by C.S. Woolley
  • Beginnings (Book 1, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
    • Medusa (Book 1.1, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
    • Siren’s Call (Book 1.2, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
    • Shadow (Book 1.3, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
    • A Shot in the Dark (Book 1.4, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
    • From Out of the Ashes (Book 1.5, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
    • The Murder of Michael Hollingsworth (Book 1.6, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
    • The Case of Mrs. Weldon (Book 1.7, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
    • Hunting the Priest Killer (Book 1.8, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
  • Murder in the First (Book 2.4, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
  • Sabrina (Book 2.5, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
  • Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 1 (Book 1, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Case Files) by C.S. Woolley
  • Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 2 (Book 2, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Case Files) by C.S. Woolley
  • Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 3 (Book 3, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Case Files) by C.S. Woolley
  • Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 4 (Book 4, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Case Files) by C.S.Woolley
  • The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare Simplified) by C.S. Woolley and William Shakespeare
  • The Merchant of Venice Workbook (Shakespeare Simplified) by C.S. Woolley and William Shakespeare
  • The Merchant of Venice Teacher’s Guide (Shakespeare Simplified) by C.S. Woolley and William Shakespeare

You can also get a range of exclusive posters, gift sets, postcards and other merchandise from the online store as well as the debut EP of the acoustic rock duo, The Tinderbox, entitled The Tortoise and the Hare.

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.

Front

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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