By a Hand Unknown

The second enthralling story in the Dechansay Bright Mysteries series. (A Crack in the Varnish is the first in the series.)

Would you trust your family - just because they’re family?

'Believe nothing of what you hear, and only half of what you see' - Proverb
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It’s 1991 and Ranling Manor, set among the wild and watery Norfolk Broads, has been home to the Gyllam-Spence family for generations. Open to the public and family-run, its valuable art collection is decaying and conservators Hannah and Nathan arrive to restore its most fragile works.

But underneath the apparent gentility, the Gyllam-Spence family is at war with itself. And someone is stealing from the collection, someone all too close to home. When a body turns up floating in the nearby lake, it seems the stakes have risen to a new high. The police might deem it an accident; Nathan doesn’t.

As the family closes ranks, Nathan and Hannah bury their differences and join forces to find out who is responsible. But they will have to be both devious and extremely careful…

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Praise for By a Hand Unknown

'Another wonderfully gripping mystery from Kathy Shuker... I found I just couldn't put it down! Here's to the next Hannah and Nathan adventure (if their boss ever let's them out of Oxford again!)' Amazon reviewer

'A high recommend for lovers of rich, detailed mysteries.' Goodreads reviewer

'A very clever and beautiful story.' Goodreads reviewer

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Book Clubs

My books are sometimes chosen to be read by book clubs and I’m thrilled to know that people are engaging with my stories and characters. It’s also interesting for me to hear your impressions and to see my characters through your eyes. If you have decided to read By a Hand Unknown and would like more information about it, do get in touch. If your club is local to me, I should be happy to come and discuss it with you at a meeting if you would like; alternatively, we may be able to hook up on Skype.

I have prepared a list of questions you may choose to consider after reading By a Hand Unknown. Click here to download a copy for your club. Be aware that the questions may contain spoilers!