Musk and Amber
Julian Linchcombe is the remarkable heir to the Earl of Linchcombes estate and he has the voice of an angel. When he is taken to the festival of San Januerius in Italy to witness a miracle, his uncle arranges for him to go sailing with a local fisherman. But Julian is soon lured into running away. A massive search goes underway to find the missing boy until eventually a body turns up broken and tangled in a fishing net. A sinister plot is uncovered involving fraud, kidnap and murder. Has Julian been stolen away for his voice? And who is dead?
The author has caught the flavor of the time, its curious mixture of the brutal and the exquisite, of cruelty and the love of beauty.
Author biography:A.E.W. Mason Alfred Edward Wooley Mason was born in 1865. He was educated at Dulwich College before going up to Oxford University. Once his formal education was completed, Mason went on to become an actor, which had been an ambition since schooldays.
He began his writing career with historical fiction, but then moved into the arena of politics, becoming a Liberal Member of Parliament for Coventry in 1906. However, his love of writing stayed with him and Mason further developed his repertoire and style to incorporate detective fiction, introducing one of the earliest fictional detectives, Inspector Hanaud, the Gallic counterpart to Sherlock Holmes. His detective fiction contains material clues and spontaneity.
Throughout the course of his life Mason produced over thirty titles. The most enduring work is The Four Feathers which is the most filmed work of any writer in the 20th century, with seven versions in all. There have also been many other films and plays based on his novels, including the Hanaud series.
A.E.W. Mason died in 1948.