Deryn Lake

Deryn Lake

Deryn Lake - the Queen of the Georgian Mystery (according to The Times) - welcomes you to her website.

On the left you will find links to all the pages of the site, full of interesting facts about me and my writing and the various periods in which my books are set.

There is an account, specially written for this site, of the true history of John Rawlings and how I first met him. Follow his career, from the young man celebrating the end of his apprenticeship in London's Vaux Hall pleasure gardens to the successful busineeman buying a country house situated on the banks of the Thames. It's easier than ever, as all the previous titles are now available in individual ebook editions, or in four box sets! Plus the new - seventeenth! - John Rawlings mystery. As for what comes next, I am currently working on a tremendous book about ... but I can't reveal what at the current stage!

Death on the River Thames

John Rawlings investigates ... Death on the River Thames

John Rawlings has returned to his beloved London after spending time in America where revolutionary trouble is dangerously brewing...

Having made a substantial sum selling carbonated water, Rawlings buys a country house situated on the banks of the Thames in Strand-on-the-Green in Chiswick.

But one morning a small child falls into the river, and John, witnessing her rescue, hears her say she did not fall but was pushed. Not long after he is at the theatre with his daughter Rose when a woman is lowered by her ankles from the Slips...

As he goes to her aid John Rawlings gets the feeling that some deadly mystery is about to unfold.

Could the two incidents possibly be connected?

Join John Rawlings and his friends as they make their way through the streets of Georgian London, chasing the bad lads, solving mysteries, sipping claret, and dancing at the fabulous balls with the Bon Ton.

Deatails of Death on the River Thames - or start reading the John Rawlings story from the beginning.


Even during the investigations of a busy apothecary, there is time for romance - and sometimes I write romance without no murder in sight:

The Prince's Women Lovers Lost in Time

Historical romances from Deryn Lake

My two most recent books of romance are very different.

If you like more history in your historical romances, you'll enjoy The Prince's Women: the story of a man of Scottish legend, based on eyebrow-raising letters found in the Royal Archives.

Charles Edward Stuart was the Bonnie Prince from overseas, risking all to fulfil his people's destiny, while enjoying love affairs with some of the most fascinating women of the age.

The Prince's Women is a uniquely human portrait of a celebrated man. Fans of The Favourite and of Phillipa Gregory will devour this comprehensively researched, right royal romp.

Read more about The Prince's Women and my other historical novels.

Or perhaps you'd prefer collection of delightful tales with a supernatural twist. In that case, may I recommend Lovers Lost in Time? Six spellbinding tales, brought together into one collection for the first time, combine romance and rich historical settings to bring to life stories of lovers who - in one way or another - are all lost in time.

More about Lovers Lost in Time.


Not to mention a full list of the historical romances and romantic histories, those previously published under the name Dinah Lampitt and those written as Deryn Lake, all of which are now delighting a new generation of readers.

Historical romances from Deryn Lake

Sutton Place The Silver Swan Fortune's Soldier To Sleep No More Pour the Dark Wine As Shadows Haunting Banishmewnt

The Sutton Place trilogy    *    other romances by Deryn Lake

Also on this site, you'll find an archive of past newsletters about my travels and all my news - these days the best way to keep up with me is on Facebook!

I hope you enjoy my books, .

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