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A Portrait of Death is going on a blog tour with Rachel's Random Resources. If you wish to participate please contact me on with your name, blog name, preferred post type and availability. 

A Portrait of Death; The Versipellis Mystery Series Book One. by Rhen Garland

Genre: Victorian murder mystery, supernatural mystery…macabre crime

Blog Tour Dates: 9th - 15th December 2019

Publication Date:  20th December 2018

Standalone Book One in The Versipellis Mystery Series

Estimated Page Count - 276

Formats Available - Mobi, Epub and Limited Paperbacks

Type of Post Available - Reviews and basic promo / spotlight posts

Potential Trigger Warnings: There’s an attempted sexual assault. There is also threat, and fear, but none of the killings go into excruciating detail

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In the quiet English village of Marmis Parva, a weekend house party is organised by a society hostess and all the top names are invited.

But this is no ordinary party.

Two men are savagely murdered during the course of the first evening and a young man, presumed dead, returns home after two years imprisonment in South Africa bringing with him proof of treason.

Detective Chief Inspector Elliott Caine’s long-awaited holiday in the Lake District is cancelled as he is brought in to investigate the peculiar nature of the murders. More bodies are discovered and Elliott has to manoeuvre between high society, Government protocols, and the heinous nature of the crimes if he and his old friend Detective Sergeant Abernathy Thorne, are to catch the sadistic killer, and the traitor lurking amongst them.

When Caine’s past comes back to haunt him, will his judgement be too clouded to focus on solving the crime?

Will the Boer spy’s identity be uncovered before they can flee?

A Portrait of Death; The Versipellis Mystery Series Book One Cover

About Rhen Garland 

Rhen Garland lives in Somerset, England with her folk-singing, book-illustrating husband, approximately 4000 books, an equal number of ancient movies, and a large flock of stuffed sheep.

She enjoys the countryside, peace, and Prosecco and the works of Ngaio Marsh, Glady Mitchell, John Dickson Carr/Carter Dickson, Agatha Christie, and Terry Pratchett.

"I watch far too many old school murder mystery films, TV series, and 1980s action movies for it to be considered healthy."


"A Portrait of Death" is a murder mystery thriller with paranormal touches set in late Victorian England and is the first book in the Versipellis Mysteries Series.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Maximum 3 stops per day.  Confirmed blogs will appear here. 

9th December

  1. Jessica Belmont

  2. Joanna Victoria

  3. The Divine Write

10th December

  1. Chez Maximka

  2. Northernreader

  3. Pen Possessed

11th December

  1. Cathie Dunn writes...

  2. Jera's Jamboree

  3. BookLoverWorm

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