The town of Chelmsford is going mad with the frenzy of witch hunting. Neighbours accuse one another with no cause, hysterical at the sudden death of a townsman and sightings of an apparition of a dead young woman. County Constable Matthew Stock, a humble clothier by trade, and his practical-minded wife Joan must set things right.
As the village becomes inflamed with terror, Matthew cleverly begins to piece together a deceptively simple tale of innocence and guilt, heaven and hell, to reveal the long-hidden secrets behind the strange bewitchings...
Praise for Leonard Tourney's Elizabethan Mysteries:
'Tourney writes so well that we are drawn into another world' - The Pittsburgh Press
'Tourney seems to have a good understanding of his scenery, and his dialogue has a nice unmannered period feel. He gives us just enough of a sixteenth-century culture to establish the appropriate tone' - The New Yorker
'Tourney is a superb writer, skilled in the richness of the Elizabethan use of language' - Tulsa World
Leonard Tourney was born and raised in Southern California, Leonard Tourney has spent his professional life as a teacher of writing and literature, especially that of William Shakespeare. He has written eight earlier mystery novels featuring the detective Matthew Stock and his wife, Joan. Since 1985, Tourney has been on the faculty of the Writing Program at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is married to the actress/director Judith Olauson.