Hi! I'm Susan.
I write historical Middle Grade (8-12 years) children's books.
"A delightfully engaging mystery, with a wonderful setting in 1930s Blackpool." Katherine Woodfine, author of Sinclair Mysteries, and Taylor & Rose series.
Strange things are afoot at The Majestic … Check yourself in for a mystery beside the seaside.
Gracie Fairshaw and her family have barely moved into The Majestic, a Blackpool boarding house, when her Ma mysteriously vanishes.
Gracie teams up with her younger brother George, siblings Violet and Tom, and maid Phyllis. They must work out why one of the guests – a conman conjurer – has made Ma disappear … Can they get her safely home as the clock ticks down to the 1935 Illuminations Switch-on?Cover design and illustration by Jenny Czerwonka.
"Social and historical details combine to paint an affectionate picture of Blackpool in 1935, where Gracie's mum has just taken on a new guesthouse, with a few end of season guests remaining for the switching on of the illuminations. When Ma mysteriously goes missing, Gracie, along with her younger brother and some new friends, desperately tries to find her. The only clue is Ma's reaction on seeing one of the guests - but which one? The story is an intriguing and swift moving adventure, but the main draw of the book is the cast of warm, accepting and good-natured characters who work together to find Ma and foil the plot of the one ill-intentioned villain. It's a great insight into 1930's Lancashire life and a celebration of the generous heart of a community." **** Rosie B, Librarian, Net Galley UK
"With great characters, a super mystery and a gang of kids in a club willing to protect each other, there is plenty of action and adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Blackpool and never having actually been there, the descriptions were wonderful and I could feel the atmosphere and excitement surrounding the switch on. Brilliant and perfect for mystery fans!" ***** Erin H, Librarian, Net Galley UK.
"I absolutely loved this new mystery with its excellent heroine Gracie. Set in the mid 1930s it gives a real flavour of life at the time and you get a true feel for the buzz around the switching on of the illuminations. Definitely a book to recommend and I look forward to more adventures for Gracie in the future." **** Margaret P, Librarian, Net Galley UK
"Fun read full of mystery, intriguing characters which makes you yearn to visit Blackpool. Extremely engaging read that will captivate readers old and young." ***** Kelly M, Media, Net Galley UK.
"A fast-paced adventure, crammed with mystery... Perfect for fans of Katherine Woodfine." Anna Mainwaring, author of Tulip Taylor and Rebel with a Cupcake.
"Rip-roaring action with conjurors, conmen and a secret society. If you like Robin Steven's Murder Most Unladylike, make way for Gracie Fairshaw." Sara Grant, author of Chasing Danger and Mystery at the Ice Hotel.
"Meticulously researched and sprinkled with just the right amount of nostalgia, Brownrigg conjures up the perfect setting for this traditional crime story that will appeal to fans of classic mystery and adventure stories." Marie Basting, author of Princess BMX.
"A book sure to switch on and illuminate every child’s love of reading." Barbara Henderson, author of Fir for Luck, Punch & The Siege of Caerlaverock.
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Cover illustration by Jenny Czerwonka