Lewis Hinton

Lewis Hinton's The Face Stone is the first in a series of supernatural detective mysteries to be published by The Book Guild. The books, which centre around missing children, are set in the late 1960's, early '70's period, and feature special investigator Jack Sangster. With hints of the supernatural, The Face Stone and its sequels step away from the traditional detective story, using detailed locations to evoke an ambiance in keeping with plots that are designed to leave the reader guessing until the very end.

"I was always fascinated by the countryside and folklore of the places I've lived," Lewis explains. "And have used some of those places as backdrops to the Sangster stories. I think the area where you grow up leaves a particular imprint on the mind, and I was lucky enough to spend my early years in south-west Wirral, with its red sandstone hills, heathland, and views across the Dee estuary to Wales. This was a perfect setting for The Face Stone, with the atmosphere of the local woodlands, especially at dusk, making it easy to imagine that ancient spirits still guarded rock and tree."

The sequel, Angel's Blade, brings Sangster to south west Cornwall and the countryside around the river Fal, a setting, according to Lewis, "so steeped in legend and natural beauty that the story almost wrote itself."   

Planning the Sangster novels involves in-depth research, not only for the locations but also the folklore, science and period history necessary for the plots. Lewis guiltily admits to 'nerdily' enjoying this kind of research despite it being onerous at times, but does say he finds characterisation simpler, in part due to having travelled all over the world during a long career, and, as he puts it, 'picked up quite a few characters along the way'. And whilst none of the individuals in the Sangster books is real (except for mention of a few prominent public figures from the period), all are based on people he has known.

"I couldn't simply dream up an entire character," says Lewis. "But if a plot needs a particular type of person for a specific role, I can usually remember someone I've met that fits the bill."

 


Lewis Hinton's Books

ISBN: 9781915122988

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Angel's Blade

Oct. 28, 2022

A profound secret that echoes down the centuries is uncovered by a uniquely gifted girl, who in doing so jeopardises her own life and that of the only person who can protect her… 

Spring, 1970. A beautiful and precociously talented pupil goes missing from a residential school in Cornwall; special investigator Jack Sangster is assigned to help local police find her.

At first nonplussed by the girl having apparently disappeared into thin air, Sangster gains an understanding of local people, legends and landscapes that help him unravel mysteries far, far deeper than could have been imagined. Despite initial scepticism, he wonders…

Did events from two thousand years ago in this remote corner of Europe really have repercussions that might rock the very foundations of western society?

Governments on both sides of the iron curtain, and even hallowed religious institutions, certainly seem to think so. As pressure mounts from all sides, it will take all of Sangster’s skill and determination, as well as some luck, to discover the truth before it’s too late...

 

Lewis Hinton was born in the Wirral, subsequently living in Sunderland, Truro, Rye, London, and Luxembourg. Married, with four children and three grandchildren, he now resides in Grasse. Lewis began his varied career at art school, finishing as a banking software company CEO, and travelling extensively along the way. Previously writing mainly non-fiction, Lewis has now turned his hand to novels.

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ISBN: 9781914471926

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The Face Stone

June 28, 2022

Do ancient rocks and woodlands really harbour a secret that could bring about worldwide catastrophe? And can saving the health, life, and even mortal soul of one missing boy avert that catastrophe?

The year is 1969, and Jack Sangster, a special investigator for a philanthropic organisation dedicated to helping troubled children, is sent to an elite school, where the son of a wealthy local family has disappeared.

Sangster, despite his talent for dealing with people and problems, only comes upon more mysteries as the case unfolds, struggling to reconcile his natural pragmatism with disturbing questions.

Follow as he navigates clues and red herrings, learning at every turn that if his eyes and ears are to be believed, the stakes linked to this case are rising at an alarming rate. Sangster tries to do the right thing even as his uncertainty rises; all the while a seemingly well-ordered and rational world is slowly revealed to perhaps be older, darker, and more chaotic than he ever imagined…

 

Lewis Hinton was born in the Wirral, subsequently living in Sunderland, Truro, Rye, London, and Luxembourg. Married, with four children and  three grandchildren, he now resides in Grasse. Lewis began his varied career at art school, finishing as a banking software company CEO, and travelling extensively along the way. Previously writing mainly non-fiction, Lewis has now turned his hand to novels.