H.E. Bulstrode

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Old Crotchet’s Return: A Ghost Story

Old Crotchet’s Return: a high-spirited romp of a ghost story set in 1920s England.

George Simpkins is in a state, and it’s not just because of the gin. His wife remains missing, his son a curious and callous enigma, and, most worryingly of all, his spouse’s erstwhile schoolmate, the witheringly waspish Cynthia, has plans afoot for his future. An invitation to a festive break in the country brings London society into collision with half-cracked Somerset locals steeped in cider and superstition, as well as a far from festively inclined spirit. Welcome to the world of Hinton St Cuthbert, the parish with a past that refuses to remain at rest.

A follow-up story to Old Crotchet that opened the West Country Tales series, this dark-humoured ghost story will possess an appeal for fans of Blithe Spirit, and traditional British supernatural fiction in the vein of E.F. Benson. Old Crotchet’s Return is available from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle e-book, and may be previewed and purchased by clicking here or on the image above.


‘Great characters and a totally creepy story. Loved this book. When I first started reading I had to turn back and check the copyright date – it is very well written in the style of the 1920s. It creeped me out something awful and I would NOT want to have to sit next to the Lady of Cartagena at the dinner table!’ Bellamy Station, Amazon US.

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