A mystery set in Blackpool, 1936.

Lights, camera, action!

A new movie being filmed in Blackpool is a real scoop for trainee reporter Gracie Fairshaw.

When she's invited to interview the star, Sally Sunshine, Gracie uncovers a plot as exciting as the one being filmed. Someone has stolen a vital film reel - and then a vicious attack is attempted on Sally!

In a world of body-doubles, stunts, costumes and makeup, not everything is what it seems.
Gracie must go behind the scenes and work out, which of the cast and crew can't be trusted before the shoot comes to a thrilling climax at the town's cinema.


External link opens in new tab or windowGracie Fairshaw and the Trouble at the Tower (GF#2)

A seaside mystery set in Blackpool, Christmas, 1935.

The stage is set for a thrilling mystery!

Gracie Fairshaw is delighted to get a sneak preview of the Children's Ballet Christmas spectacular. But when the curtain rises, things go horribly wrong for the young dancers.
Accidents, pranks and a poison pen letter make Gracie wonder if someone is trying to spoil the show.
Can Gracie and her friends stop the saboteur before their final act?



"I absolutely devoured Gracie Fairshaw and the Trouble at the Tower, such a compelling read I couldn't put it down. A thrilling Christmas mystery featuring a brilliant cast of characters & a fabulous Northern setting. Wonderfully atmospheric, it captures 1930s Blackpool brilliantly. Susan stimulates all of the readers senses, transporting us to a different place and time magnificently. Just the right amount of intrigue & peril to keep readers turning the pages with a truly spectacular and dramatic ending. Loved it!" Jo Clarke @bookloverJo

"What an atmospheric read! The thing I love most about Susan Brownrigg's historical fiction is the rich, layered world-building that can only be the result of meticulous research. I fell in love all over again with the Blackpool of yesteryear, and I loved learning about the Tower in the 1930s while engrossed in a compelling mystery. The book returns to Gracie Fairshaw of the Majestic, a guesthouse in the seaside town. However, in this novel, the backdrop for the action is Blackpool Tower's popular children's ballet, with a side serving of a contemporary toyshop and the newspaper offices of the Blackpool Gazette, all utterly compelling settings for me. Just as an aside, Brownrigg writes food really well - I felt I was there, the sea tang mingling with the waft of fish and chips and mince pies, with the distant rattling of the heritage trams. Fantastic, and highly recommended for its twists and turns!" Barbara Henderson @scattyscribbler.

"Brownrigg, who set her first book in the series, Gracie Fairshaw and the Mysterious Guest, against the backdrop of the 1935 Blackpool illuminations, fills her stories with such rich authentic detail and beautifully drawn characters that you can almost taste the fish and chips, smell the sea salt in the air and hear the trams rolling down the promenade.

Gracie is an inspirational lead player…. a girl with a mild disability, the heart of a lion and big ambitions who is fearless in her pursuit of truth and justice. Add on Brownrigg’s nostalgic and exhilarating evocation of the North West’s most famous resort in its heyday and you have one of the best children’s mystery series currently on the shelves. What do visitors to your website need to know about you and your business?" Pam Norfolk. Lancashire Evening Post.

"Wow what a book! ... This book is action packed from start to finish with twists and turn throughout and I cannot recommend it enough – please read it! Perfect for any young mystery lover including fans of Robin Stevens, Katherine Woodfine and Sophie Cleverley." External link opens in new tab or windowEmma Suffield, Little Blog of Library Treasures.