Paranormal investigator Porter Biggleswade is settling into her new life in York. While pensioners caught up in a ghostly battle, and civil war soldiers haunting a local pub are keeping her busy, a call from a friend takes her to a crumbling estate on the Yorkshire coast. Rumours are rife at Delavere Hall, with monks and a murder at the heart of them. Secret rooms, hidden passages, and sightings of ghostly monks and the Grey Lady fuel the intrigue. Porter agrees to investigate and discovers more than she bargained for.
The Haunting of Delavere Hall is the second book in Amy Flint’s Porter Biggleswade series.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The Haunting of Delavere Hall is the second book in my Porter Biggleswade series. A fan of mystery and intrigue, and especially a gripping ghost story, I was inspired to write this book following a trip to Whitby Abbey.
The ruin is a striking sight atop a cliff, with waves breaking on the rocks below, and I could just imagine Porter wandering amidst the ruins, investigating all things ghostly. Well, with her talent for spotting spirits, she was bound to see a few!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
There’s nothing normal about the paranormal, and there’s nothing normal about Porter Biggleswade. The character came to me while I was on a ghost walk, soon after my move to York. We were outside a sweet shop on the Shambles, being regaled with ghostly shenanigans, when it struck me that if I were a ghost hunter this is where I would live.
I’m curious by nature (or nosy, if you ask my mother), and I question everything. It seemed inevitable Porter would be a strong female lead with a thirst for searching for answers. Straight-talking, confident, and not one for suffering fools, she challenges her ability to see ghosts by working as a paranormal investigator.
Porter pulled up her collar against the cold. It was still dark, with night taking its time to yield to the late November dawn. She had left her flatmate cursing early mornings and was now crossing the quiet city to work.
She ventured past York’s Guildhall. A board inviting the public to view the excavation currently taking place within its grounds was chained to the gate. It reminded her that she was yet to take a tour of the dig.
Porter turned down a side street. Another early riser was sorting out newspapers, her half-smoked cigarette idling on the sill. She interrupted her walk to buy a paper and skimmed through its contents until Bishop’s Manor came into view. The sight happily coincided with the sports section. Porter left it at the bus stop for someone else to peruse and cut through the carpark to her office.
Once home to mediaeval clergymen, Bishop’s Manor now housed All Saints University’s Archaeology and Parapsychology departments. Porter worked for the recently formed Paranormal Investigation Unit, or PIU for short, which was set up to investigate hauntings. The unit’s offices could be found in the building’s basement.
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