The Story of Marly Mansion: Another Mystery Thriller from Author Charlotte Fielden

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Once upon a time, Virginia’s life was sterile, boring and very, very unfulfilling. She was married to Godfrey Gilmore, a periodontist who preferred the company of his dental patients – and his daily newspapers – to that of his own wife.

But that was in the days before the delightful sojourn in Italy spent at the invitation of her sister Sylvia. That was in the days before her new, whirlwind relationship with John Vandermeer. That was in the days of the horrific mystery in the district surrounding the charming community of Positano on Italy’s Amalfi coast. And that was in the days before husband Godfrey, following a romantic dalliance of his own, felt he had nothing left to live for and his suicide brought an abrupt end to Virginia’s barren marriage.

Flash forward a few years to the fully-bloomed romance between Virginia and the noted film-maker Vandermeer. Flash forward to Marlborough, England where stands the iconic estate known locally as the Marly Mansion. And flash forward to France during the heady days of the Cannes Film Festival. It all sounds so idyllic, almost surreal in its charm, but destruction, murder and mayhem can lurk anywhere, even in such a rarefied artistic atmosphere.

And so is told The Story of Marly Mansion, the latest novel from the creative, prolific pen of Canadian author Charlotte Fielden. This is her sequel to the 2010 thriller The Wolves of Positano – and with this sequel comes the central cast of characters from Wolves. The Story of Marly Mansion does much more than simply pick up from where Wolves left off – the key characters are there, of course, but this time out, the murder and mayhem are complemented by a mysterious kidnapping, and a police investigation into drug-running.

The Story of Marly Mansion once again finds Fielden at her creative best. The plotline, though complex as the story weaves from the past into the present, is both bracing and intriguing – and Fielden moves the story forward at breakneck speed. The characters are well defined – a Fielden trait – and every chapter brings with it yet another reason to eagerly turn the page. The Story of Marly Mansion is a gem of a mystery – and author Fielden can lay claim to yet another triumph.

Charlotte Fielden is a Toronto-based writer. She is an award-winning poet and author, and has developed and adapted her work for the stage, TV, radio and film. Her short stories and critically noted poetry have been included in a number of anthologies and literary reviews, and contained in two poetry collections ─ Fragrance of Thyme, and Beads on a Fragile String ─ a third collection on its way. Her five previously released novels, among her total of 11 published books, are The Wolves of Positano, Palatine Hill, and the acclaimed Weil trilogy of Crying As She Ran, Messages Like Memories and An Age Without a Name.

Fielden has also appeared on stage and on television and once appeared as Jessica in The Merchant of Venice at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival. Fielden is also a founding member of The Writers' Union of Canada and the Playwrights' Guild of Canada. Additional biographical information on the author can be found at

The Story of Marly Mansion
by Charlotte Fielden

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