Now reprinted


A Tale from Angel Mountain

Brian John

In the Wild West of Wales, in the year 1808, a shepherd is ambushed one night on his way home from a local hostelry. He is left in the roadway, more dead than alive, with three stripes carved across his chest and a note, written in his own blood, pinned to his skin. The note reads “For Rhiwallwn. From Gruddnei.”

So begins a nightmare for Mistress Martha Morgan of Plas Ingli, and for her family and servants. Other brutal attacks follow, and two homes are burned down. The finger of guilt points to four strangers who have taken lodgings in the coastal town of Newport, calling themselves government land surveyors. It emerges that there is a bloody “campaign of retribution” against selected individuals, with Mistress Martha, a widow and mother of five young children, on the top of the hit list. When the net tightens around them, the four sinister impostors disappear. But Martha knows they will be back, and as the community closes ranks to protect her, more is discovered about their backgrounds, their motives and their grotesque methods of working. Attempts are made on the lives of all the men on the hit list, and in a terrifying final confrontation Martha at last faces them, and finds depravity on a scale which is almost impossible to deal with. In this fast-moving tale the key players will be familiar to fans of the Angel Mountain Saga, and other characters who march through the pages of the book include the eccentric Iolo Morgannwg, hot-tempered busybody Charles Hassall, two exotic prostitutes, and a charming and mysterious Irishman called Dominic Cunningham whose life was complicated enough even before he fell in love with Mistress Martha.........

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