This cover is stunning! The Golden Key released 2-18 and sounds amazing! Scroll down for a special Q&A with the author!
London, 1901. After the death of Queen Victoria, the city heaves with the uncanny and the eerie. Samuel Moncrieff, recovering from a recent tragedy, meets Helena Walton-Cisneros, one of London's most reputed mediums. Together, they are drawn into a twenty-year-old mystery of three sisters who vanished without a trace on the Norfolk Fens. •
Q. Were any of the characters in The Golden Key inspired by real historical figures? And who is your favourite character?
A. The female scientist Eunice Foote existed, as did George MacDonald or the photographer, Peter Henry Emerson. But they are mentioned rather than used as characters, perhaps with the one exception of MacDonald, who appears briefly at the end. Helena, on the other hand, is a fictional character (as well as my favourite), but she is in some ways inspired by a real-life female detective who worked in New York at the turn of the century, Mary Grace Humiston. She worked on many cases, some of which had been abandoned as impossible by the police force; she graduated in Law, and helped many people by taking on cases for those who were impoverished, or did not have any other place to go. She also conducted many investigations on the working conditions of labourers, and worked to pass bills on this topic. She was, basically, an intelligent woman who decided to use her brain to help those who had less, and to be a force for good. •