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Clio Gray - Author

About the Author

Clio Gray was born in Saltburn-by-the-Sea in Yorkshire but has spent the last twenty years in Ross-shire in the Scottish Highlands where she works as a librarian in the small market town of Tain. In 2004 she won the Harry Bowling First Novel Award and this led to the successful Stroop series of crime novels set in the Napoleonic Wars and published by Headline. She also won the Scotsman / Orange Award in 2006 for her short story I Should Have Listened Harder and has maintained a keen interest in short stories ever since.

Featured books by Clio Gray

The Anatomist's Dream

The Anatomist's Dream

Author: Clio Gray Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2015

Chop off my head and hawk it to the highest bidder. I'm the Anatomist's Dream, did you know? That's what they call me. In a small salt-mining town, Philbert is born with a 'taupe', a disfiguring inflammation of the skull. Abandoned by his parents and with only a pet pig for company, he eventually finds refuge in a traveling carnival, Maulwerf's Fair of Wonders, as it makes its annual migration across Germany bringing entertainment to a people beset by famine, repression and revolutionary ferment. Philbert finds a caring family in Herman the Fish Man, Lita the Dancing Dwarf, Frau Fettleheim the Fattest Woman in the World, and an assortment of 'freak show' artists, magicians and entertainers. But when Philbert meets Kwert Tospirologist and Teller of Signs he is persuaded to undergo examination by the renowned physician and craniometrist Dr Ullendorf, both Kwert and Philbert embark on an altogether darker and more perilous journey that will have far-reaching consequences for a whole nation.

Other books by Clio Gray

Hidden Pasts

Hidden Pasts

Author: Clio Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2018

Hestan Island, marooned in the Solway Firth, tethered to the mainland at low tide by a causeway called The Rack; Hestan home to two men quietly living out their lives, until a boy is almost crushed to death in their tiny copper mine, when their shared past begins to unravel. Over at Balcary House, Brogar Finn and Sholto McKay arrive, and soon become involved in the affairs on Hestan, which in turn leads them back through the bloody wars of Crimea and the lands of the Tartars. The third in the Scottish Mysteries, Hidden Pasts is host to a complex plot that explores the history of a little known part of Scotland, and explores how small, seemingly insignificant, events can echo down the years, with deadly consequence.

Burning Secrets

Burning Secrets

Author: Clio Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2017

Strontian, a village on Ardnamurchan Peninsula, is inhabited by mining folk and crofters, eking out a living from the unforgiving land and turning a blind eye to the smugglers who plague the coast. A bag of bones is pulled out of the water; the assistant to Gustav Wengler, eccentric owner of the lead mines, is brutally murdered; what is the connection? And what do either have to do with the sundial in Ockle churchyard and the collection of monuments on Wengler's island known locally as the White Cathedral? Sholto McKay and Brogar Finn of the Pan-European Mining Company - in pursuit of a potentially valuable mineral from the Strontian mines - begin their own investigations, unaware their discoveries will tear more than one life apart.

Deadly Prospects

Deadly Prospects

Author: Clio Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2017

Deadly Prospects is book 1 in the Scottish Mystery series. 1869, Sutherland, Scotland. For years the people of this remote area of the Highlands have lived a hard life. Now a local Gold Rush has attracted the Pan-European Mining Company to the area, and Solveig McCleery is determined to re-open the Brora mines and give the population the riches they deserve. But when work starts on re-opening the mines, the body of a prospector is discovered, and odd inscriptions found on stones near the corpse. Before the meaning of these strange marks can be deciphered another body is discovered. Are these attacks connected to the re-opening of the mines? Will Solveig's plan succeed in bringing peace and prosperity back to the area? Or has she put in motion something far more sinister?

Legacy of the Lynx

Legacy of the Lynx

Author: Clio Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

Scotland and Ireland 1798. Three people, two murders, one oath. Golo Eck is searching for the lost library of The Lynx, the first scientific society in Europe founded in 1603. His friend, Fergus, is sent over to Ireland on its trail, getting embroiled in the uprising of the United Irish against English rule. His only contact here is Greta, who works as a messenger for the United Irish; and then come the bloody battles of New Ross and Vinegar Hill. Fergus is missing, Greta on the run. But all is not well. Someone else is on the trail of the Lynx, and when Golo's ship founders on the way to Holland Golo disappears, leaving Ruan, his ward, to fend for himself, a foreigner in a foreign land. What secrets does the Lynx Library hold? Will Golo or Fergus be found? Will Greta get out of Ireland with her life? How will Ruan carry on the Legacy of the Lynx? A gripping adventure story with a couple of brutal murders thrown in, and a real historical background, The Legacy will have you gripped from the start. Praise for the author: 'A brilliant story set against a fascinating backdrop.' - Robert Foster, best-selling author of 'The Lunar Code'. Clio Gray lives in the Highlands. She is also the author of `Deadly Prospects' , 'Burning Secrets' and the Stroop Mystery series.

The Anatomist's Dream

The Anatomist's Dream

Author: Clio Gray Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2016

The Anatomist's Dream

The Anatomist's Dream

Author: Clio Gray Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2015

Chop off my head and hawk it to the highest bidder. I'm the Anatomist's Dream, did you know? That's what they call me. In a small salt-mining town, Philbert is born with a 'taupe', a disfiguring inflammation of the skull. Abandoned by his parents and with only a pet pig for company, he eventually finds refuge in a traveling carnival, Maulwerf's Fair of Wonders, as it makes its annual migration across Germany bringing entertainment to a people beset by famine, repression and revolutionary ferment. Philbert finds a caring family in Herman the Fish Man, Lita the Dancing Dwarf, Frau Fettleheim the Fattest Woman in the World, and an assortment of 'freak show' artists, magicians and entertainers. But when Philbert meets Kwert Tospirologist and Teller of Signs he is persuaded to undergo examination by the renowned physician and craniometrist Dr Ullendorf, both Kwert and Philbert embark on an altogether darker and more perilous journey that will have far-reaching consequences for a whole nation.

The Brotherhood of Five

The Brotherhood of Five

Author: Clio Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2010

A stunning new crime novel from this award-winning writer The Island of Thanet, 1808. One man is pushed into a kiln of molten metal beneath the looming shadow of the Shot Tower, and another is dug up from the sandy bay beyond. Who they were, and why they died so strangely, is no ordinary mystery, and Missing Persons Finder Whilbert Stroop has a hard time finding answers. On arrival in this marshy, coastal corner of Kent, on the very edge of England, Stroop tries to piece together the puzzle of these deaths, and the significance of the objects each man died trying to protect. It is a conspiracy that began ten years before on the battlefields of Europe, and one that will claim more lives before it is done.

Envoy of the Black Pine

Envoy of the Black Pine

Author: Clio Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/01/2009

An enthralling mystery of dangerous secrets, desperate men and macabre murder April 1808: A storm sweeps across the islands of the Baltic Sea, destroying the village of Lower Slaughter as it goes. Into this ruined land comes missing-persons finder Whilbert Stroop, on the trail of a lost miniature library and its protector. Almost crossing his path is Griselda Liit, a refugee from Lower Slaughter, carrying her father's secrets back to the island of her birth. Behind Griselda, in the shadows, a strange figure follows for a very different reason. Stroop's investigation will lead him from the flooded valley to sinister printworks, and to the strange island archipelago of Saaremaa in the Baltic Sea. Once there, he must unravel the increasingly tangled strands of past and present that surround the islands, and delve into a mysterious world of ancient Brotherhoods, insurrection, piracy, and death.

The Roaring of the Labyrinth

The Roaring of the Labyrinth

Author: Clio Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2008

Astonishment Hall, a country estate in the Pennines full of extraordinary exhibitions, is truly a place of wonder. But when a valuable exhibit is stolen, it is only the first in a series of unpleasant and seemingly unconnected events. A bell tower is burnt to the ground, trapping a young boy inside, an outbreak of thefts plagues the valley, and a man is violently murdered and left to the crows and the snow. When his own investigations come to a dead end, the owner of Astonishment Hall sends to London for help. And so Whilbert Stroop journeys north to find the answers to both his own search for a missing glass-worker, and the perplexing events at Astonishment Hall. Before long, Stroop finds himself embroiled in one man's terrifying and warped desire for vengeance against ancient wrongs, and another man's fight for survival.

Guardians of the Key

Guardians of the Key

Author: Clio Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2008

Lucca, City State for hundreds of years, keeper of secrets and relics, possessor of the Holy Face of Christ, has Napoleon's army at its gates, the emperor having declared himself King of All Italy. A continent away in Bexleyheath, Mabel Flinchurst gazes down from her window upon the Advent Fair. With all the hustle and bustle she doesn't see the pilgrim walk into the church of St Anthony's across the square, and slit his own throat. But Lucca and this suicide are strands from the same rope, a rope that is being wound unseen about Mabel, ready to rip her from her cosy world. When Mabel's friend, Toby, is kidnapped she enlists the help of compulsive list-maker and missing-persons finder, Whilbert Stroop. Together they are drawn into a mystery that began many centuries ago, and soon they find themselves losing a race against time and treachery, as an unknown enemy, and murder, begin to snap at their heels...

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