Arsenic Sally is Go! Two days to launch! Cover Reveal and more details


Sally arsenic cover finishedHello again readers,more details now about my new and second book Arsenic Sally. You should also get a first look at the first cover design, I am in the process of adjusting it slightly so its a work in progress….

Now back to my story. It has been a long  and exhausting trial and the jury has been out a long long time which  was most unusual in Victorian times. When they return the verdict is given. The woman is found guilty of murdering her husband and her paramour is found not guilty. He immediately falls to his knees in the dock with relief. The woman maintains her dignity and silence. The judge then puts a black death cap on. In  reality it is only a square of black material but must be worn by any judge declaring a death sentence.He addresses the woman in serious tones as he sentences her to death. She must be hanged by the  neck until she is dead. As the judge finishes speaking the woman declares her total innocence. She is taken  to the gaol below the courtroom  and she now has just over a week left to live.

Not everyone believes she is guilty and a campaign  begins to have her death sentence changed to life imprisonment. Letters start appearing  in the  local papers. These open up  an old debate; is hanging itself a justice or revenge? Soon  petitions start up in both  Nottingham  and the village of Eastwood.  Within  a few days over 10,000 signatures are gathered and an  open  letter is also written to Queen  Victoria. The woman receives support from surprising sources. Some of the magistrates and justices of the town are concerned and one volunteers to take the petition down to London and to the Home secretary. All this takes time and the day of execution  is fast approaching. It is now less than 48 hours to go. The visit to London  bears fruit and the Justice returns on the  evening train. Then there is a problem on the line and his train is diverted to Derby where he must spend the night. This means he cannot convey the good news for at least another 12 hours.

Meanwhile the hangman has arrived in Nottingham with  a carpet  bag  carrying the tools of his trade.  Contractors have  already started putting up the scaffold and erecting barricades. It  is getting late.  Will the woman hang…………………… or will she saved at the last minute?

OK thats enough excitement for now. I will be back again tomorrow with more details and the synopsis for my new book………..

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About bakersfieldlad

July 2015...... I published my first book on Amazon - "Savilles Spinnney". On April 1st 2015 I published my second book - "Arsenic Sally". Christmas Day 2015 I published my third book " Murder Mystery and Mayhem on the Railways 1830-1899. That's 3 books in roughly 18 months. I enjoy researching and see no reason to stop writing. There will be many many more books and while I would love to be taken in by a publisher I am content to make my books available via Amazon. Keep checking my blogs for updates about my upcoming projects......
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