Those in Perilby Fay Sampson
A Suzie Fewings genealogical mystery - Nick Fewings, the husband of keen family history researcher Suzie, inherits a portrait of his great-grandfather, a famous lifeboatman in St Furseys. Nick and Suzie are keen to find out more, so they decide to take their two teenage children, Tom and Millie, on holiday there. The family stay with Nick’s brother Leon and
A Suzie Fewings genealogical mystery - Nick Fewings, the husband of keen family history researcher Suzie, inherits a portrait of his great-grandfather, a famous lifeboatman in St Furseys. Nick and Suzie are keen to find out more, so they decide to take their two teenage children, Tom and Millie, on holiday there. The family stay with Nick’s brother Leon and his daughter Anna, and the teen girls’ imaginations are soon fired by tales of smugglers on the coast. They are delighted when Nick discovers that his ancestors once owned the Noah’s Ark Inn, an old smuggling haunt, but when he and the girls visit they are chased off by its seemingly unbalanced owner. Then one afternoon the girls go missing. Tom thinks they’ve gone to search for smugglers, but the others aren’t so sure. Could the girls have returned to the inn and run into trouble? Or does an offshore archaeological-survey vessel hold the answers? Either way, night is falling and the clock is ticking . . .
Tracing the history of their paternal forebears turns deadly for the Fewings family (In the Blood, 2009, etc.).
Suzie Fewings has done a bang-up job of tracing her West Country ancestry. When her husband Nick inherits a portrait of his great-grandfather Sollie Margerson, a lifeboatman who saved passengers from wrecks in the North Sea, the genealogy bug bites him, too. So he and Suzie decide to vacation in the Fen Country town of St. Furseys with Nick's recently divorced brother Leon. They can check the local historical society for any traces of the Margersons, and their adolescent children Millie and Tom can get to know their cousin, Leon's daughter Anna. The teenagers are skeptical. How much fun can a holiday be in this poky little village with its shale-covered beaches and barren salt marshes? But tales of smugglers spark Millie's interest. Soon, the Fewings offspring are looking for a cave reputedly hidden in the cliffs of Brandon Head, where last century's bootleggers stashed their boats. A trip to the Noah's Ark, the smugglers' supposed headquarters, brings only a tongue-lashing from Ed Harries, the current owner of the defunct tavern. But when Millie and Anna disappear, their parents realize that smuggling—and danger—may not be a thing of the past.
Sampson carefully balances descriptions of genealogical research methods, insights into family relations and clues to the briskly paced puzzle.
Meet the Author
Fay Sampson, three-time nominee for "The Guardian" Children's Fiction Prize, is the author of many books, including the Pangur Ban Celtic Fantasies "Shape-Shifter," "Pangur Ban the White Cat," "Finnglas of the Horses," and "Finnglas and the Stones of Choosing,"
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