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Lawrence Harpham Murder Mysteries

And it’s here. The Fressingfield Witch launched on audiobook today read by Andrew Cullum and is available at the following retailers:   – Audible/Amazon – Audiobooks.com – Storytel – Apple – Google – Kobo Rakuten Next up – The Ripper Deception on 19th November  

The Felsham Affair is available for pre-order in the Amazon kindle store with a release date of 20th September.  The paperback version will be ready soon after, but invariably takes a little while longer. I will post the link when the paperback is available for purchase. This Felsham Affair is set in Suffolk and East …

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Vote for Murder – new & updated It’s 1911, and the women of Ipswich are making a peaceful stand against the unfairness of the voting system. Suffragist Louisa Russell joins the census evasion protest at the Old Museum in Ipswich. In a quiet moment, she explores the back rooms of the museum and finds a …

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Suffolk is a glorious place graced with rolling hills, salt marshes and sandy beaches. Charming villages and market towns lie scattered through the countryside while bustling seaside ports adorn the coast. Steeped in history, Suffolk has grown elegantly into the 20th century with towns like Bury Saint Edmunds enjoying the historic Abbey grounds as they …

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Located a short way along the Shotley peninsula, the village of Chelmondiston is notable for the hamlet of Pin Mill and views across the River Orwell.  Rebuilt in the 1860’s, the local parish church of St Andrews lost its tower to a flying bomb in 1944.  But it was the Chelmondiston Rectory that was the …

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Suffolk’s newest Crime Festival – Stowmarket Library 27 – 30 April 2018 Tickets on sale from Stowmarket Library and Mid Suffolk Tourist Information Centre from 6 March. £5 per author talk or £20 for all six.  

Crucial to the setting of ‘The Fressingfield Witch’, is The Fox and Goose Inn which nestles in front of the churchyard. Formerly the guildhall of St Margaret of Antioch, the structure was built around 1509 and has been a public house since 1710. The side facing the churchyard is an attractive mix of brick and timbers …

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Originally posted on Francis Young:
This afternoon I spoke at Peterborough’s John Clare Theatre on the subject of ‘Witchcraft and Magic in the Fens’, an event organised by Peterborough Archives. My talk focussed particularly on evidence of witchcraft and magic from Peterborough and the surrounding countryside. I am always delighted on such occasions to hear…

The Fressingfield Witch was inspired by articles from national and local papers about Mary Ann Corbyn and her alleged use of witchcraft to procure the death of her step-granddaughter.  Below is an extract from the Framlingham Weekly News 12 April 1890: “An inquest was held on Wednesday evening at Gooch’s Farm House, Fressingfield, before C W Chaston …

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