A novel of murder, vengeance and weird invention. Astonishment Hall, a country estate on the border between Durham and Cumbria, is full of weird and wonderful exhibitions. It is truly a place of wonder.
But when a valuable exhibit is stolen from the Hall, it is only the first in a series of unpleasant and seemingly unconnected events. A bell tower is burnt to the ground, trapping a young boy inside, an outbreak of thefts plagues the valley, and a man is violently murdered and left to the crows and the snow. When his own investigations come to a dead end, the owner of Astonishment Hall, the Major, sends to London for help.
And so Whilbert Stroop journeys north to try and find the answers to both his own search for a missing glass-worker, and the perplexing events at Astonishment Hall. Before long, Stroop finds himself embroiled in one man's terrifying and warped desire for vengeance against ancient wrongs, and another man's fight for survival.
Clio Gray was born in Yorkshire and lived in Leeds for many years before moving up to the east coast of Scotland in 1992. Having always been a bibliophile, she has worked in libraries for the last twenty years. She has won several short competitions, and was awarded the Harry Bowling Prize for Guardians of the Key", which was her first novel.