London, November 3rd, 1881. A young woman slips through the curtains of fog down Pendy Corner, to the 26th house in the row. She vacillates at the gate. For past that sullen door, she must seek the help of the distinctively eccentric and impatient young language expert named Basil Collingwood. The fate of Europe, and indeed, the free peoples of the world, may depend upon getting him to understand her. The only trouble? She cannot speak a word.
Brace yourself for a heart-pounding, romantic romp through Victorian London, rivaling the best of Doyle and Dickens–for this is only the beginning of a series that will sweep you from the glittering pomp of Hampton Court, to the smoky slums of Shoreditch, up the stairs to 221B Baker Street, and to the murky waters of the River Thames, alongside brilliant, peculiar and outcast characters who find themselves at home within the walls of a sulking old brownstone wedged into a winding London lane: a house known by both Sherlock Holmes and the Queen of England simply as Pendywick Place.
Targeted Age Group:: young adult/adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was an English major in college, and I adore British Literature, especially Austen, Dickens, Tolkien, and Doyle. I've loved Sherlock Holmes ever since I met him, my favorite book of all time is "A Christmas Carol," I get swept up in the intrigue and humor of all of Jane Austen's stories, and I so enjoy the rich mythology of Tolkien. I also grew up with the film "My Fair Lady," and had the honor of being in the theatrical production twice: first as Mrs. Higgins, then as Eliza Doolittle. "The Mute of Pendywick Place" is a hybrid of everything I love about British Literature, from the language to the history to intrigue to the humor. And especially the mysterious romance of it all. I love these misfit characters who inhabit this dour old house in the middle of Pendy Corner, and I know you will enjoy having tea and chasing along with them on their adventures as much as I do.