The Pastoral Symphony – Part 3 of the Beethoven Trilogy
Tess Alps

The Harp Quartet
Book Three of the Beethoven Trilogy

Reunited with her family in Rowanbridge after twelve years’ estrangement, Cathy Fitzgerald is forced to reconcile herself to the shocking secrets revealed to her by her mother, Hannah. She must reassess many of the people who featured so vividly in her childhood, the secretive, the sinister and the sinful. But making up for lost time and rebuilding family life with her three siblings is joyful.
Cathy helps her young son, Johnny, discover his place within both his Irish family and that of his English father. But where does she belong herself? The Maple Academy in Dalkey is her home but the lure of Connemara proves irresistible; there are many people there waiting for her to rescue them after their brutal experiences at Letterfrack School. Cathy creates a new life for herself as a professional healer, where music plays a central role, while Ireland continues to struggle with its own painful past. Cathy realises that true healing depends not only on love and kindness, which she has in abundance, but also on justice, which is a much harder goal to pursue.
Published: July 2021
Paperback: 420 pages
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ISBN: 9-781914-424090

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Tess Alps has written all her adult life, from educational plays from her time in theatre-in-education to regular columns on advertising for The Guardian. She read English at Durham and her long career in advertising has required many forms of writing. But this is her first published novel. Inspired by a photograph of her grandmother at a finishing school in Dublin, and using snippets of memories from her mother, The Harp Quartet is the first of three novels about Hannah McDermott and her family. The second is The Moonlight Sonata, and the final part is The Pastoral Symphony. It is fitting that this ‘Beethoven trilogy’ is making its first appearance in the 250th anniversary year of Beethoven’s birth. Although the book is inspired by Tess’s grandmother and mother, the characters are totally fictional and bear no resemblance to any real person, living or dead. Tess lives in the Chilterns with her husband. She edits the village magazine and is an avid gardener, competing fiercely in the village-garden club shows.

The Moonlight Sonata – Part 2 of the Beethoven Trilogy
Tess Alps

The Moonlight Sonata
Book Two of the Beethoven Trilogy

Cathy Fitzgerald, the longed-for daughter of Hannah and John, enjoys a charmed childhood in Rowanbridge until the harsh realities of life in 1930s Ireland bring the idyll to a shocking end. Cathy’s life changes forever.
Escaping all the demons lurking in her home village and armed with everything her parents have taught her, she finds a new home in Dublin before moving on to England to train as a nurse just as the Second World War is looming. The world needs her kindness, intelligence and industry more than ever and Cathy has more than enough love to heal every wounded soul.
But finding long-lasting love in return proves elusive until Cathy returns to Connemara, where her father had taken her as a child and where she had been so happy by the sea, skimming stones, in the shadow of the dreaded Letterfrack Industrial school.
Eventually, Cathy is drawn back to her family in Rowanbridge where the many secrets that have lain buried so long - and have shaped her family so profoundly - begin to emerge.

By the author of The Harp Quartet.
Published: August 2020
Paperback: 256 pages
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ISBN: 9-781913-425388

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Tess Alps has written all her adult life from educational plays from her time in theatre-in-education to regular columns on advertising for The Guardian.
She read English at Durham and her long career in advertising has required many forms of writing. This is her second published novel.
Inspired by a photograph of her grandmother at a finishing school in Dublin and using snippets of memories from her mother Kay, The Moonlight Sonata is the second of three novels about Hannah McDermott and her family.
The first, The Harp Quintet, was published in April 2020 and the final part, The Pastoral Symphony, appearing in 2021, all being well.
It is fitting that this ‘Beethoven trilogy’ is making its first appearance in the 250th anniversary year of Beethoven’s birth.
Tess lives in the Chilterns with her husband; she edits the village magazine and is an avid gardener, competing fiercely in the village garden club shows.

The Harp Quartet – Part 1 of the Beethoven Trilogy
Tess Alps

The Harp Quartet
Book One of the Beethoven Trilogy

While Ireland fights for its independence, sixteen year-old Hannah McDermott is fighting for her own. And what Hannah sets her heart on she usually gets, much to the frustration of her strait-laced sister Stasia.
After being expelled from her school for disgracing herself in front of the new priest, she finds herself freed from the tedium of village life, from nuns, suitors and her annoying sister, and becomes the latest student at the exclusive Maple Academy, near Dublin. There she meets the formidable but impressive Mrs Fitzgerald, its principal, who recognises and nurtures her extraordinary skill as a violinist. Hannah’s life is transformed at the Academy and she finds soul-mates and makes friends for life while Dublin offers her artistic inspiration, excitement and a perfect stage for her musical talents.
But Hannah’s greatest discovery is the power of music to touch and awaken hearts. Although, when too many hearts are woken, some are likely to be broken.
Published: April 2020
Paperback: 274 pages
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ISBN: 9-781913-425173

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Tess Alps has written all her adult life from educational plays from her time in theatre-in-education to regular columns on advertising for The Guardian.
She read English at Durham and her long career in advertising has required many forms of writing. But this is her first published novel. Inspired by a photograph of her grandmother at a finishing school in Dublin and using snippets of memories from her mother Kay, The Harp Quartet is the first of three novels about Hannah McDermott and her family.
The second, The Moonlight Sonata, will be published later in 2020 with the final part, The Pastoral Symphony, appearing in 2021, all being well.
It is fitting that this ‘Beethoven trilogy’ is making its first appearance in the 250th anniversary year of Beethoven’s birth.
Tess lives in the Chilterns with her husband; she edits the village magazine and is an avid gardener, competing fiercely in the village garden club shows.

Cotswold Crime and Corruption – Unearthing Victorian Secrets
Gail Fulton

Cotswold Crime and Corruption
A gripping tale of inequality and the search for justice at a time just prior to the establishment of Dr. Barnardo’s revolutionary homes.

Lord Dorchester omits to prepare his daughter for the question of a lifetime but Tobias’s proposal is not about marriage and his introduction to Lady Louise is clumsy and calamitous. Serendipity however, plays a hand in enforcing their proximity and ultimately leads him to the very man he most wishes to haul into court. His path to justice has many challenges and he must first survive all that threatens his success as he encounters mystery, guilt and secrecy. Determined to protect innocent victims, Tobias witnesses chillingly gruesome discoveries, whilst a grieving Lady Louise moves to the Cotswolds in search of inner serenity but destiny sends further complication in her life.

An intriguing story that sees love in all its different guises.
Published: March 2021
Paperback: 222 pages
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ISBN: 9-781913-425791

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Gail Fulton has recently moved to the Cotswolds with her husband and Border Collie, Monty. Their two daughters and a future son-in-law have also relocated to the area and they look forward to many hours of dog walks, dining out and laughter.

Gail is now retired from teaching but has also always been passionate about interior design and floral art is also. Another passion is people watching! Gail gained an M.A. in Psychology, focusing her interest on personality development and she is intrigued by body language. She so loves her visits to coffee shops and observing behaviour.

This is her first publication but she hopes not her last!
Amazon review. Highly recommend. 18th March 2021
5 Stars
- Such a great read! Thoroughly enjoyed it, would definitely recommend!


Amazon review. An enjoyable read. 23rd March 2021
5 Stars
- A thoroughly enjoyable, well researched and descriptively written book.
A great first book from this author. I look forward with anticipation to the next.


Gripping story. 8th April 2021
5 Stars
- Couldn’t put it down, great page turner with so many twists and turns
it keeps you on your seat all the way through.
Make a great tv drama!



Presumed Dead
James Holder

Bored with his job, with no real prospects and barely a penny to his name, the last thing Wally Mortimer needed was a letter from a solicitor delivered to his home one Saturday morning. But instead of a letter threatening legal action for one of his many unpaid bills, things are about to change for Wally - the letter tells him that he has inherited the estate of George Hart, a wealthy benefactor unknown to him.
Assured that the letter is genuine, he turns to his family to see if they can tell him anything about his benefactor. But the only lead they can give him is one from his grandmother whose fading memory remembers a George Hart who died more than 60 years ago.
So, who is George Hart, Wally’s benefactor? Is it just a coincidence that his grandmother once knew someone with the same name? If not, who is he and why did he leave his estate to Wally? Wally’s attempts to find an answer lead literally to a dead end. It is not until he finds a notebook at the chateau he has inherited that he discovers who George Hart was and uncovers secrets about his family unknown to them, secrets never meant to be discovered.
Published: September 2021
Hardback: 212 pages
Price: £9.99
ISBN: 97819144424076
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James Holder was born in Somerset and, after reading law at Cambridge University, practised as a solicitor; he now works as a consultant.
He and his wife have four children and two grandchildren and live in Oxfordshire.
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The Great War’s Sporting Casualties

London Blood
Ian McKinney

LONDON BLOOD

A bomb explodes at Angel Underground Station. Two years later the survivors are being brutally murdered. MI5 begin searching for a terrorist mastermind. While Matt Ross, a detective with PTSD and a guilty secret, believes that it is linked to the drug case he is investigating.

Neither realise that they are actually in the middle of a vampire vendetta.

Only Edward Jago understands that London could soon be overrun by new vampires. Nobody wants that – least of all its old vampires. And as the line between mortal and immortal becomes increasingly blurred, will Ross find the truth or will he pay for his curiosity with his own blood?

Published:Aug 2021
Paperback:308 pages
Price:£10.99
ISBN:9-781914-424236

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London Blood

Scouse Gothic 1 - The Pool of Life... and Death

Scouse Gothic 2 - Blood Brothers... and Sisters

Scouse Gothic 3 - All you need is blood?




Scouse Gothic 2
Ian McKinney

9781911175131 This is the second book in the Scouse Gothic series by Ian McKinney.

Sheryl wakes; why can’t she move? Where’s Lee? – Is he safe? Return to the bizarre world of Scouse Gothic where Melville mourns another lost love and searches for clues to her disappearance. Where Lathom decides to have a fresh start in Liverpool but finds his past waiting to haunt him and where Peter finds love but is having trouble with some ‘psycho’ mice. Meanwhile Frank finds that being a pigeon can have its drawbacks. But, two questions remain to be answered: who is the man in black? - And is blood really thicker than water?



Books by Ian McKinney...

London Blood

Scouse Gothic 1 - The Pool of Life... and Death

Scouse Gothic 2 - Blood Brothers... and Sisters

Scouse Gothic 3 - All you need is blood?
Published:1st March 2016
Paperback:218 pages
Price:£9.99
ISBN:9-781911-175131

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Reader Reviews...

Amazon Review: Maz
I really enjoyed Scouse Gothic 2, even more than Scouse Gothic 1 which I loved ... Ian McKinney has certainly found a niche combining humorous fiction, intelligent plots and interesting history all set against the backdrop of Liverpool, the place and especially the people. It is a real page-turner.

Scouse Gothic
Ian McKinney

Cover_Hutchings_Scouse Gothic_02032015_9781909644519_v1-1 Melville wakes with a pounding headache – there had been too many hangovers recently, but this one felt different. What had he been drinking last night? Then he remembered – it was blood. Enter the bizarre world of Scouse Gothic where a reluctant vampire mourns a lost love and his past lives, where a retired ‘hit man’ plans one more killing and dreams of food, and a mother sets out to avenge her son’s murder, and, meanwhile, a grieving husband is visited by an angry angel. Set in present day Liverpool, vampires and mortals co-exist, unaware of each others’ secrets and that their past and present are inextricably linked.

But as their lives converge, who will be expected to atone for past sins?



Books by Ian McKinney...

London Blood

Scouse Gothic 1 - The Pool of Life... and Death

Scouse Gothic 2 - Blood Brothers... and Sisters

Scouse Gothic 3 - All you need is blood?
Published:1st May 2015
Paperback:198 pages
Price:£9.99
ISBN:9-781909-644519

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Amazon Review: Sarah Barnett
If you've never read any gothic fiction, then Scouse Gothic by Ian McKinney is a great place to start. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The characters are many and varied, and held my interest throughout. The plot lines weave teasingly from chapter to chapter, and the characters move effortlessly backwards and forwards through different times and places in history.

Amazon Review Mr. A. K. Tierney
I really liked this book. It weaves the seemingly different stories of a strange group of characters together ... with classic human feelings of love hate malice, avarice, revenge and lust for power. It does so with a lovely blend of light and dark humour ... the characterisations are believable and the plot has for me the right amount of complexity with out trying to be too clever.