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Charles E. McGarry lives in Glasgow where he was born and bred, although he spent several years living in London and Edinburgh. He has played in bands, is widely travelled and graduated from Glasgow University in 1994 with an honours degree in History and Politics. He currently works as a newspaper page designer and sub-editor, having formerly been a business analyst for British Telecom. He is the co-author of The Road to Lisbon (Arena Sport, 2016).
A fascinating, charmingly descriptive murder mystery, where disturbing elements of satanism, visions, and ghosts creep through the story. Leo Moran, fastidious, exacting, and a private investigator, assists the police in a murder case. I will admit that it took me a little while to settle in, yet as I read, and as I got to know Leo, and explored his visions, I found myself rather enamoured with this unlikely leading man. Leo is occasionally cantankerous, often flounders, can be a decided glutton, and yet his moral integrity and soft heart shine through. At times this tale feels as though it is set in a bygone era, then Charles E. McGarry sends a blast of the here and now to bring you flying back to the present. ‘The Ghost of Helen Addison’ is the first in the ‘Leo Moran murder mystery’ series and sets the scene perfectly, there is real depth to this story, and I look forward to the next. ~ Liz Robinson
Haunted by his last case and bereaved by a sudden loss, Leo Moran is invited to spend the summer at Biggnarbriggs Hall, the stately residence of his friend Fordyce Greatorix. He is overjoyed when romance blossoms unexpectedly, but he finds himself plagued by visions after a local girl goes missing, an incident which has chilling echoes of a similar disappearance thirty years previously. As he investigates a host of curious and dubious characters, Leo finds that the very bedrock which surrounds Biggnarbriggs Hall is poisoned by an ancient malevolence that will have its terrible reckoning.