• Books by Sarah Rayne
    Books by Sarah Rayne
    Books by Sarah Rayne
  • Death Notes by Sarah Rayne
    Death Notes by Sarah Rayne
    Death Notes by Sarah Rayne
  • Deadlight Hall by Sarah Rayne
    Deadlight Hall by Sarah Rayne
    Deadlight Hall by Sarah Rayne
  • The Bell Tower by Sarah Rayne
    The Bell Tower by Sarah Rayne
    The Bell Tower by Sarah Rayne

Sarah Rayne began writing in her teens, and after a Convent education, which included writing plays for the Lower Third to perform, embarked on a variety of jobs.

Her first novel was published in 1982, and since then she has written more than 25 books, including eight psychological thrillers which met with considerable acclaim, with Tower of Silence long-listed for the prestigious Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year.

Her haunted house series, featuring the Oxford don, Michael Flint and the antiques dealer, Nell West, has receivedhigh praise from critics, and the books have been described as ‘eruditely eerie’.

2016 sees the start of a new series of psychological thrillers, focussing on a music researcher, Phineas Fox.The first title in the series is Death Notes.

 

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Sarah Rayne began writing in her teens, and after a Convent education, which included writing plays for the Lower Third to perform, embarked on a variety of jobs.

Her first novel was published in 1982, and since then she has written more than 20 books, including eight psychological thrillers, which have met with considerable acclaim, including the nomination to the long-list for the prestigious Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year 2005 for Tower of Silence, (originally published in 2003).

In 2011, she embarked on a series of books with a ghost-theme, featuring the antique dealer, Nell West, and the Oxford don, Michael Flint, who first make their appearance in Property of a Lady.

As well as being published in America and Australia, Sarah’s books have been translated into German, Dutch, Russian, and Turkish.

Short stories to date are The Unknown Crime, published as part of the CWA’s Anthology, Guilty Consciences, and The Masquerade. Both stories were selected for the Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries of their year.

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RIPPING OFF THE VILLAIN

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