Marian Brown Releases her First Mystery Novel - Footsteps in the Night, a Crime Thriller with a Chilling Twist

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For Lydia Dunne, it was the nightmare to end all nightmares. She was only 18 years old, a worker at the pottery factory in the coastal city of Langford, when she was attacked from behind, and left unconscious and bleeding out, by a man wielding a huge knife and a sharp, diabolical blade. Somehow, Lydia survived the dreadful assault, but her two good friends, Alice and Mona, weren’t quite as lucky. They died, at a very young age, at the hands of a madman without mercy.

But was that the end of it? Was that the end of the horror – or was there more, much more, yet to come to haunt Lydia’s nights and torment her days? It was one thing to heal physically in hospital, yet quite another to recover from the emotional scarring that followed the attack.

And what about the killer? Who was he? Why did he have this unfathomable urge to kill and maim? And was he done with his grim obsession – or was Lydia Dunne still a target? Maybe, just maybe, her nightmare was just beginning.

This is the heart and the essence of Footsteps in the Night, a new crime-fiction novel from the pen of Marian Brown, an author based in Corbyville, Ontario. This is the story of Lydia Dunne – and her attacker/killer Clive Downey – and how the tragic events of a single day can impact lives forever.

This much can be told: In the end killer Clive Downey is found guilty and sentenced to a life in prison. Ultimately, he dies of a heart attack, the world a better place for his demise. Ultimately, in a strange, perverse twist of fate and logic, Lydia Dunne becomes a primary beneficiary of her attacker’s estate.

But what, exactly, led to such an extraordinary outcome? What was it about Clive Downey that led an unrepentant killer to create such an act of seeming generosity? Was it remorse, was it guilt – or was it something much deeper and darker?

This is the mystery woven so well and so skillfully. This is the story so well told, and so graphically told, by author Brown in this debut crime-fiction novel. This is the tale of murder most foul, a tale that absorbs and engrosses the reader as the mystery unravels    and leads itself toward a surprise conclusion that will catch readers off-guard and entranced.

Footsteps in the Night is a must-read, a graphic, chilling novel that captures the imagination and holds it tight against the suspense and the thrill of the murderous chase. It is a brilliant debut work, a page-turning gem, from the pen of author Marian Brown.


Marian Brown was born in England and left Sheffield, in Yorkshire, with her husband and young daughter to settle in Northern Ontario. She worked for many years in municipal government, the law, and in the field of education before re-locating to a farm in Corbyille, Ontario, where the family bred, trained and raced standard bred horses. It was at the point, upon the realization of a life very well lived, that she took up the art and craft of writing.

Footsteps in the Night
by Marian Brown

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