The Royal Ghost is Mina Scarletti’s second adventure. This new edition published by Sapere Books can be pre-ordered for 99p and will be published on 5 February.
In 1871 a report that the ghosts of George Prince of Wales and his mistress have been seen dallying in Brighton’s Royal Pavilion scandalises the town, excites the ladies and attracts the attention of charismatic spiritualist and explorer Arthur Wallace Hope. Mina Scarletti, a writer of horror stories, delves into the mystery assisted by the redoubtable Dr Hamid, her charming adventurous but disreputable brother Richard and former magician’s assistant, voluptuous Nellie mistress of disguise. To her dismay she finds herself the victim of blackmail and threats from a powerful new enemy. Can there be any stopping Mr Hope as he holds a seance in the Pavilion, invoking the spirit of a Crimean War hero, with the aid of a mute mystic and a chess automaton?