Catherine Johnson: Sawbones, The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo, A Nest of Vipers

Catherine has written twenty books for young readers a fair few of them are historical novels. She also writes for film and TV. She is a born and bred Londoner who lives by the sea with several decrepit pets. The older she gets the less she knows. She once split tea over an Oscar winning actress. Find Catherine on Twitter @catwrote and on her website.A Nest of Vipers cover

Out of the blue arrives an exotic young woman from a foreign land. Fearless and strong, ‘PrincThe Curious Tale of Lady Caraboo coveress’ Caraboo rises above the suspicions of the wealthy family who take her in. But who is the real Caraboo? In a world where it seems everyone is playing a role, could she be an ordinary girl with a tragic past? Is she a confidence trickster? Or is she the princess everyone wants her to be? Whoever she is, she will steal your heart.

Sixteen-year-old Ezra McAdam has much to be thankful for: trained up as an apprentice by a well-regarded London surgeon, Ezra’s knowledge of human anatomy and skill at the dissection table will secure him a trade for life. However, his world is turned on its head when a failed break-in at his master’s house sets off a strange aSawbones covernd disturbing series of events that involves grave robbing, body switching . and murder. Sparky, persuasive young Loveday Finch, daughter of the late Mr Charles Finch, magician, employs Ezra to investigate her father’s death – and there are marked similarities between his corpse and the others. The mystery takes Ezra and Loveday from the Operating Theatre at St Bart’s to the desolate wasteland of Coldbath Fields; from the streets of Clerkenwell to the dark, damp vaults of Newgate Prison; and finally to the shadowy and forbidding Ottoman Embassy, which seems to be the key to it all. The sequel will be published in 2016.



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