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 pilfer them from my mother and shoved them behind my bed when she came into the room. Needless to say, she knew exactly what I was reading. When I came across Victoria Holt, Barbara Erskine and M.M. Kaye, I knew I had found my favourite genre mix: 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 was hooked by their fascinating articles. Since then, history books have a pride of place on my bookshelves. My favourite eras are the Dark & Middle Ages, though I'm also partial to the Tudors, the Scottish Jacobites, and to France during the days of the Sun King.
I love books with a dash of danger: a murder; an abduction; a dark secret; deception. A historical setting during days of anarchy, rebellions, and warfare. 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

My stories cross several genres and – just like my characters – they don’t fit into any particular 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 released by The Wild Rose Press, and soon joining Ocelot Press) and Dark Deceit (with Crooked Cat Books). I also self-published a paranormal novella, Silent Deception, which is available to read for ‘free’ in ebook formats on various online outlets!

I lived in Scotland for many years, and I do still miss it. In 2016, I relocated to the Languedoc in the south of France with my husband. We share our home in beautiful Carcassonne with Tiger, our 13 year-old pensioner cat; Ellie, a griffon / beagle mongrel adopted from the local SPA; Charlie Cat, a Siamese foundling; and Shadow Kitten, the last of four abandoned kittens we raised in the summer of 2017 who has decided to stay with us.

I hold a Certificate in Creative Writing (Online) from Lancaster University, and I’m a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Alliance of Independent Authors, the Independent Author Support Network, and the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Dark Deceit – original trailer
"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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