A hidden masterpiece. A deadly secret buried for 500 years. And one woman determined to uncover the truth.
When London tour guide Helen Oddfellow meets a historian on the trail of a lost manuscript, she’s intrigued by the mystery – and the man. But the pair are not the only ones desperate to find the missing final play by sixteenth century English playwright Christopher Marlowe. What starts as a literary puzzle quickly becomes a quest with deadly consequences.
When Helen realises the play hides an explosive religious secret, she begins to understand how much is at stake. Relying on her quick wits, she battles far-right thugs, eccentric aristocrats and an ancient religious foundation, each with their own motives for getting their hands on the manuscript. She discovers there is a price to pay for secret knowledge, but how high is too high?
Unlawful Things was shortlisted for the Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award. It is the first Helen Oddfellow mystery. If you love a bit of historical sleuthing and a healthy dose of fast-paced action, this new series of London-based literary mysteries is for you.
Published October 2018.
“A fully action-packed thriller with fantastic characters and a great story line – very highly recommended!” – Donna’s Book Blog
“‘I’ve never used the word ‘masterpiece’ in a review before, but Unlawful Things deserves it.” – Bookmark That
“I am hopeful that this is the first in a series featuring Helen Oddfellow, as I really, really liked her!” – Rachel Read It
Watch Anna Sayburn Lane read from Unlawful Things here.