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  • Location: Black Mountains, England/Wales

The Puzzle Wood

The Puzzle Wood

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1850s: Deep in the woods, something is stirring.

  • ISBN: 978-1526637376
  • Genre: Fiction, Gothic, Historical

What you need to know before your trail

When Miss Catherine Symonds arrives to take up a position as governess at remote Locksley Abbey in the foothills of the Black Mountains, where England bleeds into Wales, she is apprehensive.

It is not the echoing, near empty house with its skeleton staff that frightens her, nor the ancient woods that surround the Abbey or even the dogs that the owner, Sir Rowland, encourages to stalk the grounds, baying for blood. It is Catherine herself who fears scrutiny: her reference and very identity are fraudulent. She is travelling in disguise to investigate the fate of the last governess at the house, who took her own life out in the woods. For that governess was Catherine’s own sister, but until now she had believed Emily had died many years before, when they were just children.



Travel Guide

The Puzzle Wood 

Ideal setting for this novel in the Black Mountains of Wales and England. Spooky, unknown and dark.

They are a group of hills spread across parts of Powys and Monmouthshire in southeast Wales, and extending across the England–Wales border into Herefordshire. They are the easternmost of the four ranges that make up the Brecon Beacons National Park. Not to be confused with the most westernmost hill, which is known as the Black Mountain.

The famous book town of Hay-on-Wye sits at the north of the triangle inside of which lie the Black Mountains. Abergavenny and Llangors make up the other points.

BookTrail Boarding Pass:  The Puzzle Wood

Destination/Location: Black Mountains  Author: Rosie Andrews  Departure: 1850s

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