Romance and Mystery 

The Little Tin Box

(The previous edition was entitled 'Bastards and Baronets'. The main changes are to the title and the cover).

The Little Tin Box 

is a nineteenth century drama/romantic mystery.

It is the dismal autumn of 1866 in England. Circumstantial evidence implicates twins Ranald and Jamie McKilloch in the murder of a bank clerk and a fraud against the McKilloch Bank. The bank in question is owned by their father, Sir Hugh McKilloch.

Sir Hugh and his wife, Rosalind, are torn between the need to protect the family’s good name, the bank’s reputation, and their children’s future. And a scandal must be avoided at all costs. The McKillochs panic and make a hasty decision based on the unfairly assumed guilt of the twins. They determine that the twins must go overseas for five years until the matter is dealt with or forgotten. Ranald, his wife Sarah and their baby son, are banished to Australia, and Jamie, to New York.

Before she leaves, Sarah (a vivacious, blue-eyed blonde) unwisely confides all the sordid details to her childhood friend, Caistor Parsons, without realising that Caistor (pronounced 'Kayster') is, and always has been, madly in love with her.

Caistor, now the handsome young vicar of Wapen-cum-Whitely, becomes obsessed with the idea that Sarah must be saved and Ranald exposed for the evil man that Caistor irrationally believes him to be.

Reviewed By Christine Nguyen

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...a tale full of twists and turns that will leave the reader surprised... Author Tony Thistlewood writes his tale with many mysteries that are slowly unraveled in the reading. The more readers learn, the more questions arise. The reader is pulled into the puzzle and wonders what new surprises will turn up. The connections of the various characters are revealed in moving towards a final twist that will confound the reader. I would never have guessed the ending to this book, which was great reading for me...

Product Details

  • Romance and mystery
  • 6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm) 
    Black & White on White paper
    328 pages 
  • ISBN-13: 9781546670834 (CreateSpace-Assigned) 
    ISBN-10: 1546670831 
    BISAC: Fiction / Romance / Suspense

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 " ... a great story ... Thistlewood is a master at weaving all the elements of a tale into  one coherent, intelligent masterpiece."

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"... a work of great talent and imagination ..." 
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"... a dense, absorbing tale ... bursting with subplots and theories ..." -  Kirkus Reviews

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" ... a wonderful primer ... incredibly well organized and well written ...
" ... comfortable and interesting read for all ages… ”

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... a brilliantly written, edited and formatted work… Wow! Recommended for all lovers of historical fiction ...
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… An immensely entertaining and enlightening mystery story… the real deal… Fans of literary mysteries will enjoy the fruits of Thistlewood's research into Shakespeare…

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