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Sarah Rayne - Author

About the Author

After a convent education, which included writing plays for the Lower Third to perform, Sarah Rayne embarked on a variety of jobs, but – probably inevitably – returned again and again to writing. Her first novel appeared in 1982, and since then her books have also been published in America, Holland and Germany.

The daughter of an Irish comedy actor, she was for many years active in amateur theatre, and lists among her hobbies, theatre, history, music, and old houses – much of her inspiration comes from old buildings and their histories and atmospheres. To these interests, she adds ghosts and ghost stories, and – having grown up in the Sixties – good conversation around a well-stocked dinner table.

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Chord of Evil

Chord of Evil

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2018

Song of the Damned

Song of the Damned

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2018

Chord of Evil

Chord of Evil

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2018

Death Notes

Death Notes

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/12/2017

Chord of Evil Wartime Suspense

Chord of Evil Wartime Suspense

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/2017

Death Notes

Death Notes

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/08/2017

The Silence

The Silence

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2017

Death Notes

Death Notes

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: eBook Release Date: 20/12/2016

Introducing professional researcher Phineas Fox in the first of a brand-new series of chilling mysteries.Phineas Fox has mixed feelings when he's asked to research the infamous 19th-century violinist Roman Volf for a TV documentary. Hanged for his part in the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881, Volf was a notorious criminal and womaniser, whose glittering talent was undermined by his scandalous private life. However, on uncovering evidence which suggests that Volf could not have been involved in the Tsar's murder, Phin's investigations lead him to the west coast of Ireland - and a series of intriguing, interlocking mysteries reaching from 1881 to the present day. Was Roman Volf executed for something he didn't do? And what is his connection with the reclusive Maxim Volf now living in County Galway? Phin's enquiries will unearth a number of dark secrets which lurk below the surface of the quiet Irish village of Kilcarne.

Death Notes

Death Notes

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2016

Bell Tower A Haunted House Mystery

Bell Tower A Haunted House Mystery

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/2016

The Bell Tower A Haunted House Mystery

The Bell Tower A Haunted House Mystery

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2016

The Bell Tower A Haunted House Mystery

The Bell Tower A Haunted House Mystery

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2015

Deadlight Hall: A Haunted House Mystery

Deadlight Hall: A Haunted House Mystery

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/07/2015

Deadlight Hall: A Haunted House Mystery

Deadlight Hall: A Haunted House Mystery

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2015

Deadlight Hall: A Haunted House Mystery

Deadlight Hall: A Haunted House Mystery

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/12/2014

The Whispering

The Whispering

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/11/2014

The Silence

The Silence

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2014

The Sin Eater

The Sin Eater

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/11/2012

Changeling: An Immortal Tale

Changeling: An Immortal Tale

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2012

Secretly aware of his own shortcomings as a writer, Tod Miller appeals to his daughter, Fael, to help him construct a full stage musical. One evening Fael is accosted by a mysterious young man who claims he can help her write the show. However, there's a sinister condition attached to his offer.

Thorn: An Immortal Tale

Thorn: An Immortal Tale

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2012

For several hundred years the Ingram family has lived under a curse - the taint of homicidal madness which manifests itself in the females every 80 or 90 years - and it appears the madness has struck again in the beautiful Imogen. But Dan Tudor, a writer commissioned to produce a feature on the family, is not convinced. His investigations are about to lead him to a horror beyond imagining.

Wildwood: An Immortal Tale

Wildwood: An Immortal Tale

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2012

Felicity Stafford is struggling to come to terms with the death of her husband Connor - and a chilling post-mortem report: Con's blood fits no known human classification. And when a young man with the same dangerous charm as Connor enters her life, Felicity and her small daughter become threatened by the past: a past mysteriously entangled with an ancestral Derbyshire family who once guarded England's forests from a fearsome enemy.

Blood Ritual

Blood Ritual

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2012

The descendants of Elizabeth Bathory, a bloodthirsty Hungarian countess who terrorized the Carpathian countryside in the 16th century, are determined that her line shall not die. Fearing her heredity, Catherine, a paternal descendant, has escaped to a convent. Here she meets journalist Michael Devlin who is haunted by the last thing he saw before losing his sight.

Burning Altar

Burning Altar

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2012

Patrick Chance was a notorious Victorian rake whose memoirs of his travels through Tibet caused a sensation at the time. But, having retraced his ancestor's footsteps, Sir Lewis Chance is the only one who knows the truth. For he has also stumbled on the strange, secret tribe who guard the sinister Stone Tablets in remote Tibet. A group whose perverted beliefs, blood rituals and horrific customs have torturous, hellish consequences.

Devil's Piper

Devil's Piper

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2012

On inheriting his grandfather's tumbledown Irish cottage, adjoining the grounds of an old monastery, Isarel West discovers some old sheet music composed by his grandfather entitled the Devil's Piper Suite, and starts to play it. But little can he realize the evil that the music conjures up.

Property of a Lady

Property of a Lady

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/11/2011

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

When the village of Priors Bramley was closed off for chemical-weapons testing during the Cold War, a long history of dark secrets was also shut away. Now, more than fifty years later, the ghost village has been declared safe again, but there are those living nearby who would much rather that the past remain buried. Ella Haywood, who used to play in the village as a child, is haunted by the discovery of two bodies. All those years ago, something happened in the village, something so terrible that and she and her two oldest friends have vowed to this day never to tell a soul. But the past has a habit of forcing the truth to the surface. With the identity of the bodies and the mystery surrounding the now derelict Cadence Manor drawing increasing local interest, Ella fears that she will have to resort to ever more drastic measures if she is to make sure that no onediscovers what really happened all those years ago.

Ghost Song

Ghost Song

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2009

The old Tarleton music hall on London's Bankside is the subject of a mysterious restraint order that has kept it closed for over ninety years. When Robert Fallon is asked to survey the building, he finds clues indicating that its long twilight sleep may contain a sinister secret. Joining forces with researcher Hilary Bryant, Robert discovers the legend of the Tarleton's 'ghost' - a mysterious figure who was first glimpsed during the time of the charismatic performer Toby Chance, once the darling of Edwardian audiences until he vanished suddenly and inexplicably in the early 1900s. After almost a century, the Tarleton's dark silence is about to end. But there are those who find its re-opening a threatening prospect and, as Robert and Hilary delve into the macabre history of one of London's oldest music halls, they both become menaced by the secrets of the past.

Roots of Evil

Roots of Evil

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2008

Lucy Trent is used to having the legend of her glamorous grandmother unearthed from time to time - the infamous silent-screen actress Lucretia von Wolff, whose life ended abruptly in a bizarre double murder and suicide at the Ashwood film studios in 1952. Lucy rather enjoys Lucretia's legend - although most of the family would prefer it to be quietly forgotten. But when a body is found in the now-derelict studios, brutalised in a macabre echo of the 50-year-old case, disturbing facts about the past begin to emerge. Facts which point back to the eerie legend of the child known simply as Alraune. The child named after Lucretia's most famous film. The child who may never have existed at all. In the ensuing murder investigation, Lucy is to discover the truth about her family's dark and often poignant history - a history which spans the glittering concert halls of 1920s Vienna to the bleak environs of wartime Auschwitz. And at the heart of it all lies the shocking truth about the mysterious child called Alraune.

Tower of Silence

Tower of Silence

Author: Sarah Rayne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2008

Selina March has lived in the remote Scottish hamlet of Inchcape, with its mysterious Round Tower, for nearly fifty years. When she reluctantly accepts a paying guest, her secluded life will change forever. Crime writer Joanna Savile has come to interview the inmates at Moy, the asylum for the criminally insane situated nearby. Her secret aim is to question former child murderer Mary Maskelyne, Moy's most infamous patient. Joanna's prying will yield unexpected results. For, although they have never met, Selina March and Mary Maskelyne are connected by a shared family tragedy: a terrible act of unspeakable cruelty that took place in India fifty years before. And there are secrets in Selina's more recent past too. Secrets that are about to be unearthed with the most horrifying consequences.

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