Alex doesn’t believe in ghosts, but he is about to have his beliefs challenged…
When Jimmy Devlin asks the twins to investigate the strange things that have been happening at The Priory, Alex seizes the opportunity to prove to his sister that there is no such thing as ghosts. However, it soon becomes clear that unquiet spirits are not the only problem facing the Devlin family.
Are the family servants hiding secrets? Has a valuable ring been stolen, or just mislaid? And what has happened to Jimmy’s missing elder brother, Harry? As the twins and Jimmy try to solve the many mysteries of The Priory, they discover they are dealing with a very dangerous enemy…
Extract from Haunted by Tessa Buckley
Teen detectives Alex and Donna are spending the night at The Priory, the home of their friend, Jimmy Devlin, to investigate possible supernatural activity. Once the adults are asleep, they creep downstairs and head for the ruined chapel in the grounds.
There didn’t seem to be much more to see in the kitchen, so Jimmy unlocked the back door, using the key that was hanging on a nearby hook. “Don’t talk until we’re clear of the stable block,” he warned us. “We don’t want to wake Furze and Parsons.”
Outside there was just enough moonlight to see where we were going. We followed Jimmy across the yard and round the side of the stable block into the gardens. There were soft rustlings in some of the bushes we passed, and at one point an owl hooted suddenly, startling Donna so much that she bumped into me and gave a little cry. Jimmy turned round and mouthed, “Shhh! Someone will hear us!”
I told myself the noises were just wild animals going about their business, but by the time we approached the ruined chapel my heart was beating uncomfortably fast and my stomach was starting to tie itself into knots. The others were nervous too. I could see sweat glistening on Jimmy’s forehead when he glanced back at us, and Donna kept looking over her shoulder as if she was being followed.
To take my mind off my fears, I got out my mobile as soon as we were inside the ruins, but before I could turn on the app, Donna took it off me. “My turn now, little brother,” she whispered. She calls me that when she needs to boost her confidence. Although we’re twins, she’s taller than me, as she never fails to remind me whenever she gets the chance.
Jimmy and I watched as Donna moved slowly round the remaining walls, stopping from time to time to check the screen. Eventually she rejoined us. “Any positive readings?” I asked. She shook her head.
Jimmy, who had been looking more and more uneasy, shivered suddenly. “Let’s go! I’ve never been here at night before, and it’s freaking me out!”
There didn’t seem much point in staying where we were, so we all headed back across the wide lawns towards the house. We crossed the courtyard and then, as Jimmy started to pull open the back door, there was a sudden flash of movement in the room in front of us and a dark hooded figure glided across the kitchen towards the scullery. For a split second we all stopped in our tracks, transfixed by what we were seeing, until the shadowy figure was swallowed up by the darkness in the far corner of the scullery.
End of Extract.
Author Bio –
Tessa Buckley was an inveterate scribbler as a child, and spent much of her time writing and illustrating stories. After studying Interior Design, she spent fifteen years working for architects and designers. She took up writing again after her young daughter complained that she couldn’t find enough adventure stories to read. This led, in 2016, to the publication of Eye Spy, the first in a series of detective stories for 9-12 year olds, designed to encourage reluctant readers. The second book in the series, Haunted, was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2017.
Tessa lives with her husband and a large white cat called Pippa. in a town on the Thames estuary, which inspired the seaside setting for the novels. She also writes about health and nutrition, and family history, which has been her passion for many years.
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