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In 1640, Alys Bailey was accused of witchcraft and sentenced to hang. Today, Alys is said to haunt Lockwood Hall, the Tudor manor house where she died.

When Nicole Rayburn travels to Lockwood Hall and begins to research Alys’s story for a new book, she discovers startling irregularities in Alys’s case. Nicole’s suspicions mount as every answer leads to more questions. What really happened to Alys? And what became of her son, who disappeared the day she was hanged? Could it be that Alys’s death was the result of a well-planned conspiracy, or is there another, less obvious answer? And who is trying to sabotage Nicole's efforts by stealing her work?

As Nicole delves deeper into Alys’s life, with the help of a handsome crime writer and a history-obsessed vicar, she comes to realize that “fake news” has been around for centuries, and that everyone has secrets. Once she finally learns Alys’s, Nicole’s life will never be the same.

Perfect for fans of Susanna Kearsley, Barbara Erskine, and Wendy Webb.

©2020 Merlin Press LLC (P)2021 Irina Shapiro

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great story but .....

loved this latest book from Irina, however, the narrator was awful. i could not get to grips with her very odd accent. for an actress, the delivery was extremely stilted. please do not use this narrator again, Irina.

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Truly awful narration

I can’t get past this narrators own bizarre accent which is totally off putting, sounds like a cross between Coronation Street and the amazing actresses that take off Prinesses Beatrice and Eugenie in The Windsor’s. Some very strange vowel sounds going on here! Not to mention her awful ‘male’ voice, there is just one very bad one for all the male characters regardless of age or background. I can’t take it seriously when a young country blacksmith sounds like he’s a sixty plus old Etonian! I have given up and will read this on my Kindle as I am sure it will be an excellent read. What a waste of a credit, I’ll be pressing the sample button in future!

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Absolutely beautiful!

Initially I struggled to get into the narrators way of speaking but once the story started to unfold it was fantastic and she did an outstanding job at the narration, my initial reservations long forgotten. The story itself is absolutely fantastic. I have read/listened to many of Irina Shapiro's work and this one does not dissapoint. If you start this audiobook and find the narrator a little off putting keep on I promise its worth it she does the story justice and its wonderful. It's filled with mystery, romance and hope you won't be dissapointed.

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  • Terry carvajal
  • 22-03-21

Witchcraft, true love, and revenge

This book was definitely a page turner. It was hard to put it down to take care of other things and eagerly picked back up to find out what happens next. This is very well written and keeps you on the edge of your seat eagerly hoping for the heroine who finds herself in an impossible situation. I highly recommend this book and think it is one of Irina Schapiro‘s best books so far

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-03-21

irina Shapiro once again does not disappoint

I love and have read all of the authors series so was looking forward to another book by her and this did not disappoint. I love the concept of two different time frames and the twist are well done and the characters are all interesting! the narrator was wonderful and easy to listen to.

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  • S Johnson
  • 21-03-21

Enjoyed book to end

Enjoyed the story to the end. The narrator did a great job! I'll have to try another book by this author

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  • Beth Snipes
  • 20-03-21

I Didn't See It Coming

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a historical fiction mystery. The ending made it all worth while. It makes you wonder if what we read today in history books is based on fact or fiction - or maybe a mystery.

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  • kanga2012
  • 18-03-21

Not just another witch story

There is an old oak tree outside the window that has a story to tell. Nicole is determined to find the story of what happened to Alys Bailey who lived long ago in Lockwood manor where Nicole is attending a writers retreat. Her efforts at digging through the past to find answers was fascinating leading to much discovery. This is a beautiful tale of love, greed, jealousy and misguided religious fervor. Another story of what happened to so many women in the 17th century when James the first reigned. Irina Shapiro tells another wonderful haunting story filled with intrigue, passion and heart.

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  • CHughNY
  • 13-03-21

An incredible story within the story

If you’ve read or listened to Ms. Shapiro’s other books, you know the depth and breadth of her characters and The Hanging Tree delivers that in abundance. This story is fascinating and takes you on a ride that will have you thinking of the characters long after you finish listening. I also enjoyed the narration by Ms. Nahikian. This is certainly a five star story within the story that will stay with me!

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  • Sheree Weber
  • 16-06-21

I cried.💖

A wonderful romantic time slip mystery! Fact of fiction? The main character is a writer that must decide if the story she will tell will be the fictional story of a witch hanging that takes place in the 1600's England she promised her editor Or write the real true romance that is coming to light through her research........Love the details! Great Audible reader, acting out each character*

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  • Christel Thomas
  • 30-05-21

Brilliant, Beautiful

An atmospheric and creepy tale with wonderful character development.
This was a fascinating read and beautifully descriptive.
The story held my interest and creeped me out just enough, without being over the top or graphic.
I so appreciate it when an author manages to scare me and hold my interest without unnecessary violence, sex, or other amateur tricks.
The narration is pitch perfect.
I would definitely recommend this one, it’s spooky, smart, there are several stories within and the author manages this with grace and skill.
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  • J. Lindsey
  • 27-05-21

Didsapponted

Great book . Not what I would have picked. It was too much for too long. Should have been in epic historical fiction.

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  • Renee H. Smith
  • 25-05-21

Do not waste your time

The premise is good but the author falls flat with the story. The narrator is the worst I’ve heard. I listened to the whole thing hoping it would get better. It didn’t. If I could give the narrator 0 stars I would.