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've always been interested in history, even subscribing at school age to a series of history magazines. Since then, a growing collection of history books has pride of place on my bookshelves. My favourite eras are the Dark & Middle Ages, although I'm also partial to the Tudors, the Scottish Jacobites, and to France during the intriguing days of the Sun King.
I love novels with a hint of danger: a murder; an abduction; a dark secret; deception. A historical setting during days of anarchy, rebellion 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.
I began to read romance novels when I was 12. I'd pilfer them from my mother and shove them behind my bed when she entered my 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.
About author
Cathie Dunn

My stories – just like my characters – don’t fit into a particular box. It is my own way of combining my favourite genres: romance, historical fiction and mystery/suspense.

I have published two novels: Highland Arms (originally released by The Wild Rose Press, and now with Ocelot Press) and Dark Deceit (with Crooked Cat Books). I also self-published a paranormal novella, Silent Deception, which is ‘free’ in ebook formats on various online outlets.

I lived in Scotland for many years, and I do still miss it, but it was time to move on. In 2016, I relocated to the Languedoc in the south of France with my husband. We share our home in beautiful, historic Carcassonne with Tiger, our 14 year-old Welsh cat; Ellie, a griffon / beagle mongrel adopted from the SPA; Charlie Cat, a young Siamese girl; and Shadow Kitten, the last one of four abandoned kittens we rescued in July 2017.

I studied Creative Writing online at Lancaster University and hold a BA Hons in Modern Languages from the Open University. I now teach Creative Writing locally.

I’m a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), the Independent Author Support Network, and the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Dark Deceit – original trailer
"‘Dark Deceit’ has all the essential elements: historical accuracy, political intrigue, the atmosphere of the times, a virtuous lady under threat from ruthless villains, a noble knight to protect her and defend her honour."
  • James Gault
  • author of Teaching Tania
"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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