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Murder at Malenfer

Those in line to the Malenfer estate are succumbing to terrible ends – but is it a supernatural legacy at work, or something entirely more human and evil?

Young Irish mercenary Dermot Ward headed to Paris at the close of World War I, where he drinks to forget his experiences, especially the death of his comrade, Arthur Malenfer.

But Arthur has not forgotten Dermot. Dead but not departed, Arthur has unfinished business and needs the help of the living. Upon his arrival at Malenfer Manor, Dermot finds himself embroiled in a mystery of murder, succession, and ambition. Dermot falls in love with the youngest Malenfer, the beautiful fey Simonne, but in his way are Simonne’s mismatched fiancé, her own connections to the spirit world, Dermot’s overwhelming guilt over the circumstances of Arthur’s death… and a curse.

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Iain McChesney

Iain-McChesneyA writer of classic mysteries, Iain McChesney was born and raised in Scotland.

The World Wars left Iain’s family with generations of widows. As a result, Iain has always been interested in the tangible effects of history on family dynamics and in the power of narrative to awaken those long dead. For the characters in Murder at Malenfer, he drew on childhood reminiscences and verbal family history–though he hastens to add that his family had barely a penny, far less a manor, and any ghosts dwelt only in memory.

He lives in Vancouver, Canada, with his wife and two children.


Iain McChesney has a little bit of everything contained all in one mystery. There is war trauma, friendship beyond the grave, ghosts, a curse, intrigue and a mystery that had me guessing till the end. … Murder at Malenfer is a great read. The story just keeps evolving to the point I had several suspects by the middle of the book only to find out I was wrong on every count. I find that is the sign of a tremendous mystery — one the reader can’t figure out. — Diane K., Amazon reviewer

McChesney took care to weave history into this compelling paranormal story and to capture the war-weariness of battle ravaged France during this period. I’m usually not big on ghost stories (I grow impatient with the crutch of supernatural events to resolve a plot line; to me it often means the author was too lazy to figure a real solution) but in this case, the ghosts were almost secondary to the real story of a man trying to solve a mystery… and do the best he can to honor the memory of a dead friend. — Karin Langhorne Folan, Goodreads reviewer

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