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What Happened at the Abbey is going on 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. 

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What Happened at the Abbey by Isobel Blackthorn


Genre: Historical mystery, gothic

Tour Dates: 24h - 30th November 2023

Publication Date: 19th September 2023

Formats available: Epub and PDF

Standalone First book in the Strathbairn Trilogy 

Estimated Page Count - 326

Types of post available: Review Only

Author Content Warnings: There are a few short scenes of domestic violence and child cruelty, and a little bit of necromancy. None of this is written in a confronting way, nor in the present. 

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When Ingrid flees a violent husband to become a housekeeper in the Scottish Highlands, she discovers the family she works for has a much darker history than her own.

Who haunts Strathbairn? Why are the adult McCleod children at each other’s throats? And why does the youngest sneak off at night? As Ingrid searches for answers, she grows ever more fearful that her husband will track her down.

Set in late 19th century Scottish Highlands, WHAT HAPPENED AT THE ABBEY is a gothic mystery brimming with intrigue, ghostly drama, and family secrets.

About Isobel Blackthorn

Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of unique and engaging fiction. She writes across a range of genres, including gripping mysteries and dark psychological thrillers.

The Unlikely Occultist: A biographical novel of Alice A. Bailey received an Honorable Mention in the 2021 Reader's Favorite book awards. A Prison in the Sun was shortlisted in the LGBTQ category of the 2021 International Book Awards and the 2020 Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Her short story 'Nothing to Declare' was shortlisted for the Ada Cambridge Prose Prize 2019. Her dark thriller A Legacy of Old Gran Parks won a Raven Award in 2019. The Cabin Sessions was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award 2018 and the Ditmar Awards 2018.

Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism from the University of Western Sydney for her ground-breaking study of the texts of Theosophist Alice A. Bailey. Her engagement with Alice Bailey’s life and works has culminated in the biographical novel The Unlikely Occultist and the full biography Alice A. Bailey: Life and Legacy.

Isobel carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain, her former home. Six of her novels are set on the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. These standalone mystery novels are setting rich and fall into the broad genre of travel fiction.

Isobel has led a rich and interesting life and her stories are as diverse as her experiences, the highs and lows, and the dramas. A life-long campaigner for social justice, Isobel has written, protested and leant her weight to a range of issues including asylum seekers and family violence. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives in the Canary Islands, Spain.

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Blog Tour Schedule

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24th November

  1.  Jenny Lou's Book Reviews

  2.  Sharon Beyond The Books

  3. Review Thick And Thin

25th November

  1.  Celticlady's Reviews

  2.  read it and weep with mgd

  3. The Eclectic Review

26th November


  2. Kirsty_Reviews_Books


27th November

  1.  loopyloulaura

  2.   Two Heads Are Better Than One

  3. Bound4Escape

28th November

  1.  annette_reads_daily

  2. Silkybookloverfun

  3. jen_loves_reading

29th November

  1.  Just Book Talk

  2.  Curling Up With a Coffee and a Kindle

  3. One More Chapter

30th November

  1.  Bookish Jottings

  2.  @mrsbookburnee

  3. @_fortheloveofallbooks​

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