Withering-by-Sea by Judith Rossell

Withering-by-Sea is styled as a new mystery series for good 10+ readers who love a good Victorian melodrama.

Young Stella Montgomery is an orphan being raised by her three strait-laced, much older & very unsympathetic aunts. They roam the countryside seeking health cures & tonics whilst Stella quietly does her lessons and tries to stay out of mischief.

At Withering-by-Sea though, Stella witnesses a crime – a very mysterious & disturbing crime that sees her learning about her own mysterious past as she does everything she can to honour a promise to a dying man.

Rossell has illustrated her book with gorgeous black & white line drawings. Whole pages as well as  little inset details, patterns & borders decorate this book.

Everything about Stella’s story discretely cries success.

Signor Capellís Educated Cats

A spunky heroine, an exciting light fantasy/fey storyline – all presented in a beautifully packaged book…with the promise of more books to come!

I hope Judith Rossell writes and draws quickly because I suspect her fans will be clamouring for more.

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