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For those of you who are already fans of the series,you may know that there is a cricket element in the naming scheme of the characters, but in this book cricket has landed. Though the game itself doesn’t get unfolded play by play, match by match in the narrative, you do get a taste for the sport.

Join Lady Sarah, Mr. Hunter, Constable Evans, Brigadier Webb-Kneelingroach, Doctor Hales, Bosworth, Cooky, Mrs. Bosworth, Grace, Millie and Pattinson as the Grand Tournament comes to Stickleback Hollow and the village is filled with strangers and danger.

After all, in Stickleback Hollow, nothing is as simple as it first appears.

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Book 5 in the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow

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 March and the Grand Tournament is upon Stickleback Hollow. Reverend Percy Butterfield is thrilled to see cricket returning to the village and the best that Lancashire, Yorkshire and Staffordshire have to offer to the village cricketing world are all coming to vie for the title of champion.

But something is not right in Stickleback Hollow, items are still missing and there is a familiar face lurking in the shadow that could spell trouble for Sarah, Arwyn and Alex.

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The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow – historical fiction set in Victorian Cheshire. Steeped in local history, the series starts in the same year that Queen Victoria ascended the throne. Following Lady Sarah as she arrives in England for the first time in her life, these books not only mention local events, but global ones that shaped the world we live in today.

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From the formation of the police force to the Opium wars, the Victorian age is one that makes for an interesting backdrop to this mystery series that holds the influences of Jane Austen and Agatha Christie at the heart of it.

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Each book in the series is priced at £5.99 (signed) direct from the online store (£7.99 from Amazon) plus delivery.

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Book 1: A Thief in Stickleback Hollow – http://bit.ly/2BbqtWl

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Book 2: All Hallows Eve in Stickleback Hollow – http://bit.ly/2kuOVLl

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Book 3 : Mr. Daniel Cooper of Stickleback Hollow – http://bit.ly/2AlOfyU

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Book 4: The Day the Circus came to Stickleback Hollow – http://bit.ly/2BdvBZY

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Book 5: A Bonfire Surprise in Stickleback Hollow – http://bit.ly/2AWzBxv

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Book 6: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Die – http://bit.ly/2jqQw1d

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Charity Special – 12 Days of Christmas in Stickleback Hollow (£3.99 plus delivery) – http://bit.ly/2BbCY4k

Stickleback Hollow Gift Set – http://bit.ly/2jpQuH6

On 12th November it is not only Remembrance Sunday, but the day when Peterborough is playing host to a rather unique event. C.S. Woolley is an author that hails from Cheshire but has chosen to bring the celebration of the release of her latest three books and her 70th title to Puzzles? on Bridge Street. “I love the atmosphere in Puzzles? and couldn’t be happier to be holding the launch party of my next books there.”

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There are three books that are the focus of the afternoon of celebration. A Bonfire Surprise in Stickleback Hollow and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Die from the Victorian cosy mystery series, the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow that has a touch of steampunk mixed with historical fact. Hild is the other book that is part of the celebrations and is the second book in the Children of Snotingas series, an Anglo-Saxon series for children that has been written to support the national curriculum.

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Including live music from local band, The Tinderbox, C.S. Woolley will be signing books, offering exclusive merchandise and on hand so that people can chat to her about her books, writing, her upcoming school and library visits, and what it’s like to have 70 books published. The book launch is a free event that is open to all from 1pm until 6pm. To find out more, see the facebook event page.

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Puzzles? will be open as usual so you can get drinks and nibbles from 12pm and The Tinderbox will not only be performing during the book release party, but also will be performing two sets from 7pm as Puzzles? evening entertainment.

If you want to get hold of any of C.S. Woolley’s books and merchandise then you can see the full catalogue at our Mightier Than the Sword UK store.

It’s only 7 days until the charity book for the year is released, yes, the 12 Days of Stickleback Hollow is coming out on 30th September and all the royalties are going to charity!

12 Days of Christmas promo 1“The whole concept of the book started out as simply being 12 blogs that I could do in the run up to Christmas,” said C.S. Woolley, “I got through 8 of the 12 days and ran out of time with all the other Christmas stories I was doing for the other book series. So when it came to deciding what I was going to do as my charity book for the year, finishing this collection off seemed the logical choice.”

If you haven’t read any of the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow yet (or even if you have), you might not know that most of the characters in the series are named after cricketers.

“I love cricket and as well as following the national side, I am also a member of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. Trent Bridge really is my Disneyland and I spend as much time as I can there. I’ve done some fundraising over the last year for their charity, the Trent Bridge Community Sports Trust, and I thought it was only fitting that the book benefit them in some way.”

But then why the Broad Appeal?

“The Broad Appeal is a charity that was set up by Chris Broad (former cricketer), Stuart Broad (current cricketer and publican) and Gemma Broad (who used to work for the England Cricket Board). As I was fundraising for the TBCST it seemed a good idea to include the Broad Appeal as well – especially considering how much time I spend writing in Stuart’s pub.”

Stickleback HollowTitlesThe 12 Days of Christmas in Stickleback Hollow is based on the song, the 12 Days of Christmas and features 12 short stories that are each set around the 12 verses of the song in some way, shape or form. There are different characters followed in the different stories, it doesn’t keep to a strict timeline and the stories slot in at different points in the series narrative but you don’t need to have read the series to enjoy them. C.S. Woolley has also written them so that they avoid as many spoilers as possible, so you can read them without worrying that you’re going to discover any major plot points.

The 12 Days of Christmas in Stickleback Hollow is currently available for pre-order for £1.99 from Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks, Kobo and Nook in digital format and will be available in paperback from 30th September.

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Below is some more information about the two charities that the book is supporting. To find out more, please follow the links.

The Trent Bridge Community Sports Trust:

Chaired by Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive Lisa Pursehouse, the Trent Bridge Community Trust delivers projects that have a profound and meaningful impact on communities across our county.

This impact is highlighted by statistics, but equally by the personal stories of young people who have prospered having been given the one thing they need, a sporting chance.

The Trust is the charitable arm of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and our fortunes are intrinsically linked. All Trust staff are directly employed by the Club, allowing commercial partners and grant aiding bodies to have confidence that every penny they provide has an impact on frontline community initiatives.

The Broad Appeal for the MND Association:

Few disorders are as devastating as motor neurone disease (MND). Imagine a healthy and alert mind trapped inside a body that can’t move, that’s the devastating reality of MND.

MND attacks the nerve cells (motor neurones) that send messages from the brain to the muscles. As these motor neurones gradually die, the muscles stop working. If affects people in different ways, so no two people will have exactly the same symptoms or experience of MND.

In the majority of cases MND is a rapidly progressive, fatal disease that can affect any adult at any time. The cause of MND is unknown and with NO cure half die within 14 months of diagnosis.

It is impossible to convey in words the overwhelming and devastating nature of a disease which in as little as a year can turn a potent, able parent, partner and employee into someone totally dependent on others for the simplest and most private actions we all take for granted.

 

In just under two weeks time it’s the Bradford Steampunk and Gothic fair. Held in the Brewhaus, Bradford, UK, the Steampunk and Gothic fair is just what it sounds like – a celebration of all things Steampunk and Gothic.

There will be a wide range of stalls that feature artists, authors, artisans and even a magician. ‘Phobia’ are joining in the fun over the weekend that includes Tea Duelling, Coffee Jousting, an auction in aid of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a raffle and the Most Splendid Beard/Moustache competition.

The event is being held on 27th and 28th May 2017 with free entry and children welcome. What makes this event news worthy as far as we are concerned is that our very own C.S. Woolley will be attending with her Viking arm rings and a veritable forest of books.

If you are interested in pre-ordering any items from C.S. Woolley from the event, then simply visit our Order from us page to see our range of books and merchandise, and make sure to mention that you want to collect the items at the fair.

C.S. Woolley will be there on Sunday 28th May from 12pm until 5pm so don’t forget to come down and visit.

To find out more visit the event’s facebook page.