It is always so exciting to finally open the publisher's parcel and see the final version of my printed books. Green was the obvious colour for the jacket as so much of the story takes place in a forest. I live near Delamere Forest in Cheshire, England, but in my book I call it by its ancient name, the Mondrem Forest. Back in 2019 I wandered through the trees, aware of how easy it is to get lost and how malevolent the dark spaces between the trees can appear. Next, I imagined my pregnant heroine Tabitha finding the body of a murdered woman beneath the Mondrem Oak, her corpse covered in May flowers. Not far from the oak a charismatic young preacher is camping with his followers: Baptist Gunn is the prophet of the title, appearing to prophecy the future while in a trance-like sleep. Alarmed and suspicious, Tabitha vows to discover the woman's killer.
"A fabulous brew of sin and science, predictions and superstitions, with a murder mystery at its heart. You won't be able to put it down."
(Deborah Swift, author of The Pepys Trilogy and A Divided Inheritance)
The Prophet is released in hardback and available from the usual bookstores:
UK 26 February
US 5 April
UK Audiobook 8 March