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Prism of Purpurine

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Description: Scientist Victoria McKenzie and her best friend, fine artist Abby, are looking forward to organising their double wedding and leading new lives in West Lancashire now that the restless spirit of Mauveine is finally content. But a clearing out of historic family junk triggers unexpected events, alerting Abby to question whether all in Orsbrick Hall has returned to the state of normality assumed. A strange artifact of pagan origin is discovered, exhibiting unusual characteristics which Victoria can’t scientifically explain, but her mind is forced to focus on more pressing and personal matters.
Fifteen years on and Victoria’s life has evolved. Her dye business is flourishing, Abby runs her international art gallery and both families are nicely settled. However sixteen year old twins Maddie and Bel and their twin brothers Ned and Zac, out on a canal cycling trip, find a key to a local murder which sets off a train of peculiar happenings and confessions. Have the horrific, seventeenth century demons, over whom Mauveine had no influence, gone away or are they back for revenge? Abby quickly realises that the responsibility to confront the McKenzie curse lies with her and now Maddie. But have they the capabilities to overcome the myriad of ghostly, hideous challenges waiting, once the true and disarming nature of their friends and family comes to light?
Prism of Purpurine is the second book in the Mauveine contemporary ghost story series

A piece from Prism of Purpurine: Early December 1665: at a house in Woolwich near London. 
The journey over the last two days had been a long, uncomfortable and hazardous one and he kept his musket, sword and pistol close by his side, but fortunately no highwaymen were encountered. The light grew dimmer, as Robert McKenzie’s personal carriage eventually veered off the main road and took a sharp detour left down some very narrow and dirty back lanes, towards his final destination. The house of Mr Samuel Pepys. Following their interesting meeting at the whore house in Cambridge, they had quickly become firm friends and both had corresponded regularly since, culminating in an invitation by Pepys to visit and partake of some interesting social events, to include attendance with King Charles the Second. McKenzie’s father, the Earl of Burscough, had insisted his eldest son went at haste to further his social network in London, and receive a rare introduction to the King. He had remonstrated against any objection Robert raised, as meeting with high level politicians was too good an opportunity to miss. This was especially pertinent as the King and Parliament were finally settling to some sort of working harmony together, for the first time since the head of King Charles’s father had been parted from his body by the axe sixteen years previously. Without doubt, Pepys was, as Robert McKenzie suspected, very well connected.
But it wasn’t the highwaymen that bothered him, he was a deft shot and strong with the sword, but the plague, still rampaging and virulent throughout the capital. There were indications of some respite in the number of new cases, and winter was fast approaching, but nevertheless he had to take real care and not mix with any plebs or paupers. Pepys had assured him that all means of protection of the Pepys household, family and servants had been thoroughly taken and that no member had fallen ill from the pestilence, so he agreed finally to go. Also he was now a relatively idle gentleman. As Pepys forewarned, the whole of Cambridge University did duly close until further notice, and all students were dispersed back to their homes. Some socialising of merit was therefore welcome. But he remained concerned about his friend Isaac Newton, who had returned to his home in Grantham. Although it must be said, Newton was not so ill at ease as expected. Rather he had been enthusing about his new discoveries in some strange, new mathematics he called fluxions, which Newton claimed would change the whole way planetary motions and navigation could be calculated.