ANITA DAVISON​​

Historical  Novelist

Flora Maguire Edwardian Mysteries

In 1905 London, a body is found stabbed on the Cheltenham to Paddington train. When the victim starts giving up its secrets, Flora and her husband Bunny become mired in a murky world of spies, communists and fraudsters in their search for the killer. 

Released 20th November 2018 From Aria Fiction

Available  for pre-order

Flora's Secret
Young governess Flora Maguire is on her way home from America on the maiden voyage of the S.S. Minneapolis with her young charge Eddy, Viscount Trent, when she discovers a dead body.
The death is pronounced an accident, but unconvinced, Flora starts asking questions. Following threats, a near drowning and a second murder, the hunt is on for a killer. Time is running out as the Minneapolis approaches the English coast.

Will Flora be able to protect Eddy, as well as herself? Is her burgeoning relationship with the handsome Bunny Harrington only a shipboard dalliance, or something more? And what secrets must Flora keep in order to stay safe?

"There is mystery, romance and humour in this novel as well as a fascinating escape into life on a luxury transatlantic liner. Really glad to see that this is the first in a series." - Jennifer's Reviews

Betrayal at Cleeve Abbey
Even the most glamorous stately houses hide secrets and lies from the past which are lying in wait for Flora when she receives an alarming telegram informing her of her father's tragic death in a riding accident.

Heartbroken, she and Bunny return to her former home, Cleeve Abbey outside Cheltenham, where her father was head butler and Flora was governess to Eddy, Viscount Trent. 

Flora intends to bury him next to Lily, her mother, who passed away when she was a small child. However Flora has never seen her mother's grave and mystery surrounds the fate of Lily Maguire - one no-one is willing to talk about. With Riordan Maguire now dead in a suspicious
accident, Flora strives to uncover hidden family secrets and terrible betrayals.

“I am a great admirer of cozy mysteries, especially those that are easy to read but complex in plot, with wonderfully quirky characters that puzzle the reader, and that leaves the reader guessing until the very end. Betrayal at Cleeve Abbey is one of those such books! I love, love, love this series!” – Mirella Patzer Author

A Knightsbridge Scandal
Flora has escaped the country to enjoy the extravagant shops, exuberant theatres and luxurious restaurants  in Edwardian London. However on her first night at William Osborne's Knightsbrideg apartment, the body of a London socialite, and leading light of the burgeoning women's movement, is found outside The Grenadier public house.

Flora can't resist investigating when mysterious letters are discovered in the victim's belongings, strange links to the foreign office and why do the clues keep coming back to the assassination of a Serbian king? As Flora closes in on the killer, it soon becomes clear she is no longer
safe in London, but will Bunny be able to get to her  this time before it's too late?

"This story has all the elements of complex mystery on the level of a spy novel during the first years of the 20th century, when tensions were on the rise toward WW-1. Well researched, Ms. Davison sets the stage for one humdinger of a mystery." - Katherine Pym Author

The Forgotten Children
Flora now runs her own household in fashionable Belgravia with a loving husband and new baby Arthur. When she receives an invitation to tour St Philomena's Children's Hospital in deprived Southwark, she gets a harsh insight into the darker side of Edwardian London. She soon uncovers a scandal with a dark heart – children are going missing from the hospital, apparently sold by their own families, and their fate is too awful to imagine. With the police seemingly unable or unwilling to investigate, Flora teams up with Alice Finch, the matron of the hospital, to try to get to the bottom of it.

Soon Flora is immersed in the seedy, dangerous underbelly of criminal London, and time is
running out to save the children. Will they get to them in time, or was their fate
decided the day they were born poor. And what secret is Alice Finch hiding which
will impact on Flora's own life?

"What a joy to launch myself back into the wonderful world of Flora and Bunny! This story has all the emotion and conflict of the previous three, plus the added heartstring-tugger of involving vulnerable children. The vivid detail in the writing brings the era to vibrant life, and the dangers faced by everyday people, (even before they go off investigating crimes!) are presented brilliantly. Without giving away any of the plot." - Terri Nixon Author

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Release Date
20th November 2018 
The Bloomsbury Affair
1905 London is a heady mix of unimaginable wealth and simmering political tensions, and with war looming Flora Maguire wants to keep her family safe.
So when her beloved charge Viscount Edward Trent is accused of murder, she's determined not to leave the investigation to the police. Flora has trodden the path of amateur sleuth before, but with so much at stake, this time it's personal.

Slowly the body of the victim found stabbed on a train bound for Paddington starts giving up its secrets, and Flora and her husband Bunny become mired in a murky world of spies,
communists and fraudsters. And with the police more sure than ever that Edward is
their murderer, Flora must work fast to keep him safe.