A hidden masterpiece.
A secret buried for 500 years.
And one woman determined to uncover the truth.
When London tour guide Helen Oddfellow meets a historian on the trail of a lost manuscript, she’s intrigued by the mystery – and the man. But the pair are not the only ones desperate to find the missing final play by sixteenth century English playwright Christopher Marlowe.
What starts as a literary puzzle quickly becomes a quest with deadly consequences. When Helen realises the play hides an explosive religious secret, she begins to understand how much is at stake.
Relying on her quick wits, she battles far-right thugs, eccentric aristocrats and an ancient religious foundation, each with their own motives for getting their hands on the manuscript. She discovers there is a price to pay for secret knowledge, but how high is too high?
Unlawful Things was shortlisted for the Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award. If you love a bit of historical sleuthing and a healthy dose of fast-paced action, you’ll enjoy this intriguing debut thriller from Anna Sayburn Lane.
I loved the concept for this book and after reading the blurb I was keen to jump in as soon as I got my copy – and I have to say as soon as I started reading I was addicted and was hooked right through to the end – I thoroughly enjoyed it all!
I thought that the book had a great flow to it, the writing style was excellent and I loved the different characters that the author has created. It was an easy story to read and after a few pages I was glued to the story and finished it later on that night, I had to know how it would end and I was certainly not disappointed.
It is definitely five stars from me for this one, a fully action packed thriller with plenty of content, fantastic characters and a great story line – very highly recommended!!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anna Sayburn Lane is a novelist, short story writer and storyteller, inspired by the history and contemporary life of London. Unlawful Things is her first novel.
She has published award-winning short stories in a number of magazines, including Mslexia, Scribble and One Eye Grey.
Her Mslexia award-winning story Conservation was described by judge and Booker-longlisted author Alison MacLeod as “a powerful and profound contemporary piece in which one man’s story stands for an entire nation’s… it’s a punch to the heart, a story that will haunt and touch its readers deeply”.
She has told stories at London club The Story Party and One Eye Grey’s Halloween event, Moon Over the Lido.
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