The Case of the Spotted Tailor

Book 1: Cunning Woman Mysteries

About the Book

Welcome to Ayreford in 1591, where cats can talk and fairies are real.

Jane Moone leaves her thriving practice as a cunning woman in London to return to Ayreford to care for her aging father Amias. She’s scarcely settled in when her only client’s husband is murdered. The tailor is found in his workshop covered in red spots with a bottle of tonic from Moone’s apothecary near at hand. A rival cunning man accuses Amias of poisoning him and the old man is arrested.

Jane knows her father is innocent. She joins forces with a handsome barrister to study the scene. They find evidence to support Amias, but each item is altered when a blackbird sings. That bird has been following them everywhere. Then things turn even more peculiar. Amias’s ginger cat gives Jane wise counsel, a frog-pond fairy claims to know her long-lost mother, and a hedge witch shows Jane how to stop the malevolent fairy behind all the glamours.

Either Jane is caught in a very strange dream, or Ayreford is thickly inhabited by the Fair Folk. Either way, Jane must do whatever she can, however bizarre, to save her father from hanging. Then she’ll get the truth from him — or possibly his cat.

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The Case of the Spotted Tailor audiobook by Anna Castle


Elizabethan cunning woman Jane Moone defends her father from a murder charge with the help of a talking cat, a frog-like fairy, a hedge witch, and skeptical, but very handsome, barrister.

Narrator: Jill Smith
Format: Unabridged
Runtime: 3 hrs, 54 mins

The Details

Published: July 13, 2011
Publisher: Anna Castle
Formats: EbookPaperbackAudiobook
ISBN-13: 978-1945382369 ASIN: B08JVHXDYG
Genres & Tropes
Fanciful Mystery, Historical Mystery, Elizabethan Mystery

Cover design by Jennifer Quinlan [website]
Editing by Jennifer Quinlan [website]