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‘The Thief On The Winged Horse’
by Kate Mascarenhas
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Cover image of the book 'The Thief On The Winged Horse' by author Kate Mascarenhas





“Hedwig returned to the butcher’s on Wednesday afternoon. Seeing that he was busy, and not wishing to repeat the charade of being a normal customer, she slipped along the side alley and let herself in by the back door. She waited between the marble slabs of meat until the butcher had reason to leave the counter. He hawked phlegm into the sink as he passed it. Hedwig wrinkled her nose in distaste.

‘Here’s the money,’ she said, offering her carpet bag of notes. She had never been as nervous as carrying that money on the train. Nervous, but excited too. ‘And here’s a bag of Elmwood, from the same tree as the Paid Mourner.’ She had scattered most of the pieces outside the workshop, retaining just the few she needed, to conceal that a theft had taken place. But there should be more than enough in the bag for Scarlotta to do the job.

‘What about the wax?’ asked the butcher.

‘I couldn’t get my hands on any the right age. Can Scarlotta find some that’s period appropriate and match it?’

‘She can. That will increase the turnaround time to two weeks, and you must pay her the cost of the wax when you collect the doll, otherwise we will withhold it.’

Cover image of the book 'The Thief On The Winged Horse' by author Kate Mascarenhas

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Cover image of the book 'The Thief On The Winged Horse' by author Kate MascarenhasThe Kendrick family have been making world-famous dolls since the early 1800s. But their dolls aren’t coveted for the craftmanship alone. Each one has a specific emotion laid on it by its creator. A magic that can make you feel bucolic bliss or consuming paranoia at a single touch.

Though founded by sisters, now only men may know the secrets of the workshop.

Persephone Kendrick longs to break tradition and learn the family craft, and when a handsome stranger arrives claiming doll-making talent and a blood tie to the Kendricks, she sees a chance to grasp all she desires.

But then, one night, the family’s most valuable doll is stolen. Only someone with knowledge of magic could have taken her. Only a Kendrick could have committed this crime…

Image of author Kate Mascarenhus

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    • Hi Kelly,

      I’m not too sure why, however the Blog Tour for this one, when my review will be published, isn’t until 30th November.

      It is right out of my comfort zone, however I was intrigued by the storyline enough to give it a try. You have to like spooky dolls and a bit of added strange magic, for this story to really hit the spot, but I still gave it 4 stars.

      In this extract, Hedwig is giving some wood to Scarlotta, so that she can make an exact copy of the most potent of the dolls ‘The Paid Mourner’, so that the real one can be stolen!

      Potent is probably the most apt word you need to remember about this collection of dolls, they would certainly freak me out 🙂

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