Helena Walton-Cisneros and Eliza Waltraud are back in a new uncanny adventure:
It’s 1902 and Helena Walton-Cisneros, known for finding answers to the impossible, has started her own detective agency. Two English women claim to have seen the ghost of Marie Antoinette in the gardens of Versailles in Paris, and Helena and her colleague Eliza decide to investigate. Soon they are hearing whispers of vanishings at Georges Méliès’s secretive Star Films studio, strange lights, and connections to the occult. What is Méliès practising at the studio? And is it connected to the haunting in Versailles? Helena and Eliza will only find answers if they accept that the natural world is much darker, stranger, and dangerous than they could ever have imagined.
THE WALTON & WALTRAUD INQUIRY AGENTS MYSTERY SERIES:
1901. Queen Victoria is dead, and England heaves with the uncanny. Séances are held and the dead are called upon from darker realms. Helena Walton-Cisneros, known for her ability to find the lost and the displaced, is hired by the elusive Lady Matthews to solve a twenty-year-old mystery: the disappearance of her three stepdaughters who vanished without a trace on the Norfolk Fens.
Eliza Waltraud is solving a vanishing of her own, that of Eunice Foote from the science books, after being the first person to theorise about the warming of the atmosphere due to poisonous gases in her writings. Is the disappearance of the tern connected with a pollution problem, or is something darker afoot?
“A smart, haunting novel that stuns the reader with its elegance and beauty but refuses to leave their mind after reading.” – Jonathan Thornton, The Fantasy Hive
“Precise and eerie. Readers willing to wade through Womack’s murky, off-kilter world will be rewarded with moments of disquieting beauty.” – Publishers Weekly