Murder in the Goblins' Playground(2016)
(The first book in the DCI Arthur Ravyn Mystery series)
A novel by Ralph E Vaughan
Just outside Ashford village, in legend-haunted Hammershire County, there is a megalithic structure called the Goblins' Playground. Located deep in Red Cap Woods, it has long been the site of weird events, from pagan rites to human sacrifice by secret devil cults. When local rowdy Allan Cutter staggers into the snug bar of the Three Crowns pub and dies, old fears that have lain dormant for ages come to the fore. His death is quickly followed by the murder of a developer who planned to destroy Red Cap Woods. Villagers believe dark powers are awakening, that the murderous elves reputed to dwell in the woods will again dip their caps in human blood. Into this maelstrom of fear and emotion come DCI Arthur Ravyn and DS Leo Stark. As the bodies continue to mount, they discover it will take all their combined skills, intellect and courage to solve the mysterious deaths, keep the villagers from panicking, and not get sacked by powers even more inimical than those lurking in the eldritch depths of Red Cap Woods.
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Used availability for Ralph E Vaughan's Murder in the Goblins' Playground
June 2016 : USA Paperback
June 2016 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition