Silent Deception by: Cathie Dunn "A Feisty heroine, a man with secrets, a mystery . . . and beautiful Cornwall!" Joanna Gawn, author of The Lazuli Portals

Silent Deception is romantic Victorian suspense novella set in Cornwall.

Can a ghost scare off a young heiress determined to make her new manor her home?

Having inherited a family estate she’d never heard of, Minerva Goodridge travels to Cornwall to take charge of her new home. But fatal memories lurk in the shadows of Trekellis Manor. As the locals keep away from the house, Minnie accepts the help of a stranger. Can she trust him?

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I began to read romance novels when I was around 12. I'd pilfered them from my mum and shoved them behind my bed when she came into the room. Needless to say, she knew exactly what I was reading. Then I came across Victoria Holt, Barbara Erskine and M.M. Kaye, and I had found my favourite genre: historical romantic fiction with a touch of danger.
I've always been interested in history, subscribing at school age to a series of history magazines aimed at pupils. I enjoyed their fascinating articles, ranging from ancient civilisations into the dark ages, various grand empires around the world, to World Wars I & II, and I was hooked. Since then, history books have been a regular feature on my bookshelves.
I love books with a dash of danger: a murder; an abduction; a dark secret; deception. A historical setting during days of anarchy and rebellion. These are great ingredients to make a romance story even more gripping. For me, they add depth to a story. Human emotions and fears can be explored and exposed. Your characters' conflicts become more challenging.
About author
Cathie Dunn

I write romantic historical suspense. My works cross several genres and – just like my characters – they don’t fit into any one box. It is my own way of combining my favourite genres: romance, historical fiction and suspense.

I have had two novels published: Highland Arms (originally published by The Wild Rose Press and now with Crooked Cat) and Dark Deceit (also with Crooked Cat). A few years ago, I also self-published a paranormal novella, Silent Deception, set in Cornwall in Victorian times. Sadly, not a scythe in sight, but my hero – Gideon – isn’t too bad either!

I lived in Scotland for many years (and I do miss it), but have now relocated to south-west France with my husband and our two cats. Both places are full of fascinating, historical sites, and after visiting many fabulous castles in the UK, I’m looking forward to exploring the French ruins of the south.

Dark Deceit – original trailer
Works in Progress

Love Lost In Time

AD 2016
Languedoc, France

Historian Maddie Winters is made to live in her late mother’s house in southern France for one year
before she can inherit the extensive property – and sell it!
Resigned, she sets out to renovate the house in the meantime.
What she did not expect to find were human bones under the kitchen floor!


Highland Escape


Cailean MacKinnon is only interested in fighting for the Scottish cause. He joins Wallace at Falkirk but is wounded when he takes an axe blow. Ewan de Moray drags him into a nearby forest and binds up his wounds. Hearing the English search for any survivors Moray comes out, diverting the soldiers' attention to himself. Cailean’s intervention is too late when Moray takes a fatal hit to the throat. When Cailean rushes to de Moray’s manor to tell de Moray’s widow - he finds the manor burnt down and Isobel – who he considers to be the wife – abducted. He follows the trail and captures her. Not sure what to do with the girl, with her home in enemy hands, he takes her to his home...

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"Feisty heroine, a man with secrets, a mystery . . . and beautiful Cornwall!"
  • Joanna Gawn
  • author of The Lazuli Portals
"A remote manor house, Cornish cliff-top locale, and ghostly apparitions are the perfect backdrop for a Victorian Gothic story..."
  • Francine Howarth
  • author
" Dark Deceit is a captivating read that draws you in the plot of civil war, murder, confusion, intrigue and a sprinkling of romance, just for good measure"
  • The Accidental Poet
  • 5* review
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