the weaver and the factory maid
Chosen as one of the Best Mysteries of 2003 by the American Library Journal...
The Haunted Ballads - Book 1
When Ringan Laine, architectural expert, folklorist and leading light of the English folk music scene, is stiffed for a home restoration fee, he's offered a home to placate him. Ringan accepts, thus becoming the owner of Lumbe's, an 18th century cottage on the Somerset estate of Albert Wychsale, baron and owner of Wychsale House, just outside the ancient town of Glastonbury. What neither Ringan nor his ladyfriend, theatrical director Penelope Wintercraft-Hawkes, realizes at first is that they're not the only tenants of Lumbe's. There's an uninvited resident, a beautiful young woman with a tendency to appear and disappear at odd, inconvenient times.
They haven't been at Lumbe's one day before they find that there's more to the place than meets the eye. Penny hears music, a distant singing voice. She becomes sensitive to scenes from the past. And less than two days is required to clue them in to the fact that they've got not one ghost, but two; the lovely lady in the cottage seems to have a companion, caught forever in the property's ancient tithe barn.
It takes all the intuition, dedication and courage that master folklorist and expert researcher Ringan can muster to not only track down who their unwelcome guests are, but how to finally lay them to rest.
THE WEAVER AND THE FACTORY MAID is the introductory book in a planned series. Each novel will share the title with a well-known standard of traditional British folk music, and each will interweave the plot of the song with the plot of the ghost story.
all photos and text copyright Deborah Grabien, 2003-2011