THE SCARLET WIDOW GRAHAM MASTERTON
Published in Hardback by Head of Zeus 7th April 2016
London, 1750: Beatrice Scarlet is the apothecary’s daughter. She can mix medicines and herbs to save the lives of her neighbours – but, try as she might, she can’t save the lives of her parents. An orphan at just sixteen, Beatrice marries a preacher and emigrates to America.
New Hampshire, 1756: In the farming community where Beatrice now lives, six pigs are found viciously slaughtered; slices of looking-glass embedded in their mouths. According to scripture, this is the work of Satan – but Beatrice Scarlet suspects the hands of men. As she closes in on the killer, she must act quickly to unmask him – or become the next victim herself…
First in a new series from Graham Masterton, introducing the apothecary’s daughter Beatrice Scarlet
Graham Masteron was the best-selling horror writer who has now turned his talent to crime writing. He is also the author of the best-selling Katie Maguire series, set in Cork Ireland. The author Graham Masterton is one the most original and frightening story tellers of our time.
I was fascinated by this unusual story. Scarlet Widow is set in London, 1750. Beatrice Scarlet father grounds up herbs and spices for his customers, and prepared his medicinal mixtures. Sadly Beatrice’s mothers coughed with her handkerchief flooded red with blood and dies. Her father has taken to drink so bad that some times he didn’t know who his daughter, Beatrice was. When her father dies Beatrice became an orphan. Beatrice marries a preacher and emigrates to America where her life begins in New Hampshire, but is this for the better or for the worst?. I have enjoyed Graham Masterton’s story telling so much that next I would like read the Katie Maguire series.