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About Barbara Gaskell Denvil
“She is a master of suspense, intrigue and holding the reader’s attention”
I was born in Gloucestershire, England, right in the heart of the Cotswolds. After a few years, I moved to London and fell in love with the history which oozes through the old stones, and the medieval atmosphere that leaks from the beautiful old buildings. For many years, I researched the 15th century from original sources, and books in the British Museum. I worked there in the Department of Ancient Documents, a place which I adored, full of scrolls illuminated by medieval monks, and hordes of informative parchments.
My father was an academic and playwright, my mother was a retired teacher, and my sister was an author of fantasy. I had no other passion than books
I started writing. I kept it up and eventually started to write articles and short stories for current magazines and newspapers, and a reviewer for Books and Bookmen. That kept me busy until I married. A husband and three little girls (including identical twins) were a full-time job.
Writing again years later, more seriously this time, I wrote full-length books in all my favourite genres. I was accepted by one of the big top 5 publishers, and two of my historical crime/mysteries were published in the traditional manner. However, I found myself disliking the control system.
Now, happy and free, I self-publish and enjoy every minute of my writing. I live in Australia, adore the weather, the birds and the wildlife, and live a placid life during the day and a wonderfully exciting one in my dreams at night.
I have written fantasy and historical fiction. Very different genres, but all are crime mysteries in one way or another. I have finished my children’s series (Bannister’s Muster series, for middle-grade children), no crime here, but a vibrant mixture of history and fantasy. After this, I am moving onto a series of modern crime mysteries. I will, of course, keep going back to my two loves of history and fantasy.
Writing is and always has been my passion, now that I am able to do this full time, I am in my element and life couldn’t be better (a little more sunshine might help though).
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“With skill, the reader is inserted into the sights, sounds, smells and streets of Richard III’s medieval England.”
He's a spy for the king…
In 1483 London, Andrew works as a spy for the king’s brother Richard. Through necessity, he has lived life in the shadows. But when tragedy points to regicide, Andrew delves deeper into a maze of dangerous duplicity.
She's a fighter who barely survived a treacherous relationship…
When young Tyballis discovers her husband arrested for murder, she is delighted. As a young orphan, coerced to marry her abusive neighbour, she was horribly used. Now is her chance to be rid of him for good and find the confidence she never had.
Can they try their hand at uncovering one of England's biggest conspiracies?
When Tyballis joins forces with the motley network of Andrew’s informers and thieves, they are lured into the dark and dangerous world of medieval London’s political intrigue and back alley slums.
It’s not long before Tyballis is accused of murder herself…
A thought-provoking mystery that fuses fact and fiction to stunning effect and explores what it means to be human.
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What readers are saying:
•“This is a terrific book! As a lover of English history, I was totally engrossed with this story. Spies, treachery, poison, plots against England's throne and romance all combine into a thoroughly absorbing tale. I couldn't stop reading it!”
•“Wow! Well developed, multifaceted, relatable characters set in a historical era fraught with medieval political intrigue come together to create a thoroughly enjoyable book.”
•“I was expecting a common bodice ripping historical romance and was happily surprised to find myself immersed in 15th-century intrigue instead.”
•"A great read that transported the reader instantly into 15th century England. I felt I walked in the footsteps of the characters and lived their lives."
•"Medieval London, the setting for this tale, is as much a character as are the people who populate the city and the story. We see it as it was back in the 1400s."
“An understanding of medieval life that hints that the knowledge comes from reincarnation or – as I safely suspect – impeccable research.”
An arranged marriage…
1484. Emeline knows she has no voice in her marriage, so counts herself fortunate when her betrothed turns out to be a charming man with a heart of gold. But before the wedding, flames consume everything, and the murdered body of Emeline’s fiancé is discovered.
Sparks fly when Emeline finds herself marrying the younger brother…
Nicholas is tired of living in his brother’s shadow. Forced to marry a woman who would rather he fill his brother’s coffin isn’t helping. But just when he thinks his wedding day couldn’t get worse, fire ravages once more. It becomes apparent that the murderer’s rampage is far from over.
Can an unlikely couple find their way on a trail of political intrigue and a murderous conspiracy?
As murder and mayhem plagues their lives, Nicholas must hide a secret mission behind his actions… even from his own wife. But when Emeline embarks on her own investigation, he realises he has underestimated the fiery beauty.
Determined to unmask the murderous culprit, Emeline naively takes on the sleuth’s role and finds there may be more to her husband than meets the eye.
England’s fate hangs in the balance…
An enthralling historical mystery with multifaceted characters, fast-paced twists and turns, and apple codlings to die for in this rich tapestry of life in the 15th century.
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What readers are saying:
• "you want to savour every meticulously crafted sentence. Barbara Gaskell Denvil is not one of those authors who cuts corners. Her opus weighs in at 400+ pages, and there is not a gram of flab."
• “An understanding of medieval life that hints that the knowledge comes from reincarnation or – as I safely suspect – impeccable research.”
• "I know no other author who so completely manages to drag me back in time, leaving me submerged in a past skilfully brought to life."
• "I love that while the story itself was fiction, the author was able to make it historically accurate. This book is full of twists and turns. Espionage and intrigue all mixed in to one of the best romance novels I've read for some time."
• This is a wonderfully written book! It's an historical romance, as well as an arson and murder mystery. It's a testimony to the fragility of life in the dark ages. Now, if I Just had the recipe for Apple codlings that Emeline loves, I'd be all set!
The crown has been placed on King Richard’s head, now Louisa will pay for it.
Her brother, Charles, is seething over the newly appointed king, she and her younger brother Francis endure his daily brutality while trapped under his guardianship. But when it’s discovered that Francis has run off with a most unsuitable lass, it falls to Louisa to bring him back... or else.
Louisa is thrust into a world she could never have imagined.
From the luxury of the Strand to the filth of East London’s tanneries, Louisa finds a part of London so vastly different from all she’s known. But her presence hasn’t gone unnoticed...
Doric is accused of the brutal murder.
Doric wandered England entertaining locals with his music and tricks until his friend is found battered to death and Doric is arrested. His world starts falling apart until an unorthodox deal lands him a position as a spy for the king. When Doric catches a glimpse of the beautiful Louisa, her sparkling blue eyes he is captured once more.
Drawn to each other, Louisa and Doric find themselves entwined in a web of conspiracy and secrets of both family and country.
Can they escape the shackles of the past and embrace a beautiful new future? Or will the ties that bind them, force them apart?
“It paints views and pictures, it makes history spring alive, immersing the reader in the distant past.”
The battle is over, but now he’s the son of a traitor…
England 1485. The new Court of Henry VII is a dangerous time – Now the son of a traitor, Alex must hide his identity. But discovering the near decapitated body of his cousin could have even more catastrophic consequences. No one can be trusted, not even those closest to you.
Danger it seems, is never far away…
Without the brave soldier who led her to safety, Lady Katherine would have joined the fallen bodies. Returning home to find the enemy’s pennant flying overhead and an unfamiliar lord demanding her hand in marriage. Impulsive and hot headed, she must find a way back to her new friend, but where is he? And is she safer staying where she is?
Guilty or not?
After yet another murder, Alex’s discoveries could lead him to the killer or the gallows. While Lady Katherine has to make an impossible choice to retreat behind the safety of castle walls or risk more than her reputation to help solve these final riddles and catch the culprit.
Medieval London comes alive with suspense in this historical mystery set in 15th century England.
What readers are saying:
“This is a book that bombards the reader with sounds, smells and tastes. It paints views and pictures, it makes history spring alive, immersing the reader in the distant past.”
“I can but congratulate all those readers who have this delightful experience before them and look forward to reading more of Ms Gaskell Denvil's excellent writing.”
“Satin Cinnabar has the edge on Game of Thrones, since it is based on fact - and that in itself provides the additional winning dynamic to all the richness, colour and movement of the times so extraordinarily captured.”
"For the portrayal of detail of life in early Tudor London, Ms Denvil is among the very best of writers."
"I love well written and well-plotted medieval novels where you feel you are living the story. Ms Gaskell Denvil's book satisfies on both counts."
"I just couldn’t put it down, I love this author, she manages to combine history with a good mystery, has obviously done her research."
“This is an interweaving plot of treason, piracy and murder, wrapped up with conspiracy and intrigue.”
A king trying to keep his throne. A sister looking for her brother’s killer.
And Four brothers, each trying to find their purpose…
England, 1487. Ludovic Sumerford knows he'll never see a penny from his father's estate. His three older brothers will make sure of that. Fortunately, his smuggling venture brings in more than a few sovereigns. But when he tells a local woman about the sudden death of her brother, money is the least of his worries.
Meanwhile, King Henry’s feelings of insecurity are testing the country to breaking point. He quietly seethes and plots, while rumours of a man claiming to be the rightful heir to the throne of England, cause poor decisions. Ludovic, incriminated in the treasonous plot, captured and tortured, must find a way to gain his freedom.
Orphaned Alysson has nothing left now another brother is gone. But she won't leave it there. Knowing he was murdered; she seeks to find the truth. But taking a job in the Sumerford’s household, Alysson’s naiveté cannot last long. Where bitter feuds simmer with treachery and murder. No sooner does she arrive than the killer strikes again—and again.
What readers are saying:
“This was definitely a character-driven story. With atmosphere and attention to detail.”
“The whole book was an adrenalin rush.”
“Tension rose like thermometer's mercury in a heatwave. The exchange between the brothers was measured and masterful. The author moved the reader to the inexorable confrontation. It didn't happen. It erupted. The movement was lightening paced.”
“I didn't want to pass on the opportunity to thank the author for this sublime escape from modern life.”
“Her scenes are so vivid, I could almost feel myself there. I could see a sequel to this book as I definitely want more!!”
“This book is a definite 5 STARS!!”
'The haunting of my imagination turned me into a writer of sorts. But it took me a long long time before I understood.'
After years of dreaming through the eyes of Tilda, an orphan girl who steals for survival on the bleak streets of medieval London, Molly discovers that her second-hand experiences are far more real than she could ever imagine.
Pursued by devilish forces, Molly must guide her young counterpart through a hellscape of blood and dark magic to discover the true identity of the culprit before both their realities crumble.
Tilda's benefactor Vespasian is another mystery. Both Molly and Tilda are fascinated by him, but for very different reasons ...
Is he their Champion or Villain?
Can Molly take control to stop the evil that is following her between two timelines?
What readers are saying:
“the story is excellent. The lead characters are outstanding, fully developed, complete with engaging personalities. The supporting characters are just as engaging. The story would not have been the same without them. “
“Always engaging, it's great to see how she and the story evolves. Very well written and excellent characters.”
“This book was awesome. Read cover to cover because I couldn’t put it down.”
“This was a brilliant and spellbinding piece of work. With action, drama, and pure horror it will leave you speechless.”
“Loved how things were not as they seemed throughout the book, full of mystery, intrigue, and suspense, weaving an in-depth multi-genre story of; time travel, alchemy, historical fiction, romance & fantasy.”
“The author, Ms Denvil has a genuine skill when writing her characters, the core content and drawing the reader into the settings that are descriptive, vivid and enticing at the same time. She is an excellent storyteller.”
“An unsurpassed piece of writing. The story is so complex and gripping and so well written.”
A time of excess and conspiracy.
Henry VIII's advisor is about to enter a web of death, love, and intrigue…
England, 1534. Richard Wolfdon needs a challenge. Despite his high position as an adviser to King Henry VIII, he's become bored with the Tudor excesses. When he crosses paths with a desperate woman left in financial ruin, he takes on her challenge as his own. But he never expected to uncover a conspiracy that could threaten his fortune and his life…
A bizarre triple murder.
Jemima Thripp doesn't have time to mourn her late father. Forced to fight her grasping cousin to preserve her family's estate, she's horrified to discover three mummified bodies hidden in the attic. When the king's adviser expresses an interest in solving the cold case, she's reluctant to accept the invitation to stay in his extravagant mansion. But surrounded by rich trappings and new temptations, can she keep her mind on the case and help solve the crime?
And a self-serving king
As Richard dives deeper into the case, he discovers intrigue and betrayal dating back decades. But summoned to court by his King, he must put the investigation on hold… leaving Jemima to face a dangerous group of men alone.
With Jemima in the path of danger, Richard must summon every shred of cunning to save both his fortune and their lives. While Anne Boleyn is trying hard to save her own…
What readers are saying:
“If there's a mystery involved all the better. The cast of characters were so well written and believable.”
“I was up all night trying to finish it. There are several plots and subplots and you can't miss a thing. What started out as a simple murder investigation of three young women years before became so much more.”
“This is a wonderful book! It mixes history, mystery and romance into a wonderful tangle of a tale.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed this well written and creative take on the plot. It's fantastic and I highly recommend giving it a try.”
“This was an unsurpassed piece of writing. The story is so complex and gripping and so well written.”
Vespasian has arrived in the 21st century, and this has brought other wonderful things into her life.
But of course, life is never that easy. Killing Lilith had its consequences in the past, now Vespasian isn’t the only thing to arrive in Molly’s modern life.
Once again, they must fight the evil on their doorstep, but travelling back in time might be the best way forward. So enters Cromwell and the civil wars of the mid 17th century, where demons in disguise become the hunted and Vespasian it seems is a masterful hunter. But Molly still has a thing or two to learn…
Dark Weather is a sequel to ‘Fair Weather, A Gothic Tale’ and is not a standalone story.
Whistle was a 93 in magical strength. His magic should have protected him. The jarring image of his grisly death states otherwise. Eager to avenge her friend, Rosie vows to catch the killer.
That task would be far easier if her sidekick wasn’t a forgetful 206-year-old, and Whistle’s enchanted belongings didn’t have minds of their own. Much to Rosie’s annoyance, every clue she finds contradicts the last.
In the midst of her hunt comes an ominous warning. Rosie has caught the attention of the killer and just might be their next target. Can she find a way to decipher the clues in time? Or will her name be added to the growing list of victims?
Set in an old people’s home full of whacky witches and wizards, this quirky whodunnit will leave readers guessing right to the end!
In the cold frozen north, the smell of magic was in the air.
A fugitive princess. An assassin in pursuit. Can she outrun a curse she never cast?
Norway, 804. Viking princess Skarga hides her insecurities behind a cover of strength. And after the young girl’s cruel father puts a price on her head for false claims of black magic, she’ll need all the might she can muster. Fleeing the family fortress with her adopted child by her side, she vows to survive the brutal winter.
With a notorious assassin on her heels, one wrong step could spell their doom. For the hunter who chases her is more than he seems… and in the frozen tundra evil takes many forms. Can Skarga uncover the frightening truth before she and Egil meet the bloody end of a sword?
A White Horizon is the first book in the epic Stars and a Wind Norse fantasy trilogy. If you like determined heroines, rugged wilderness, and heart-wrenching twists, in a world where magic is hidden, then you’ll love Barbara Gaskell Denvil’s original adventure.
Buy A White Horizon to escape into a dark Norse fantasy today!
For Skarga the story begins on the run. However, she finds that magic is both her enemy and her friend. What she learns will carry her through the dark days ahead as Skarga is hunted and imprisoned.
Once at Thoddun’s side, Skarga sees a side of the Arctic not meant for human eyes, and her presence alone complicates the already fragile bonds that hold the fabric of this clan together.
Now there is only one thing that she can be certain of: war is coming. Only fate knows what will befall the Arctic: victory or defeat.
Enter now into the frozen world of magic, war and treachery, of cruelty and kindness. Follow Skarga as she seeks solace and safety in an uncertain landscape where nothing is as it seems and so few can be trusted.
Bring home the Stars and a Wind trilogy today and discover the romance, the drama, and the magic in this grand saga of the frozen North.
A boy with his head in the clouds. A magical ride through the sky. Can he take a trip back to medieval London and get home in time for school?
Twelve-year-old Nathan Bannister fantasizes about never having to go to class again. But his dreams never included a crazy wizard and a hot air balloon waiting inside his bedroom! Nathan is cold, scared, and still in his pajamas when the mad magician abandons him in medieval London.
Desperate to return to his Granny's house in the modern world, Nathan falls in with a ragtag crew of street kids. As he attempts to find friends and allies, the young boy must escape a wicked Baron and rescue the girl if he wants any chance of returning home.
Can Nathan track down the loony wizard to find his way back before school, or will all his homework become ancient history?
This Box set includes the first three books in the Bannister's Muster middle-grade fantasy series. If you and your child like wondrous magic, awesome action, and cool medieval cities, then you'll both love Barbara Gaskell Denvil's brilliant adventure.