Atmospheric mystery set among the ruggedly beautiful scenery of Wales.
Okay, I’m a little biased when it comes to this book because I helped out with the proofreading, but for anyone who’d like to spend some time in Wales and enjoy the musical accent while sipping a hot cup of tea, Witch Bay is for you. I felt I was there in the village myself walking along the cliffs with Beth or strolling around with Gywn. The gentle pace and relatable characters made it a breeze to read. The Witch herself was suitably sinister – a beautiful but dangerous part of nature. The image of the yawning cave gave me chills.
Blurb for Witch Bay
In a coastal village in Wales, someone is committing the perfect crime: people are disappearing without a trace. An elderly woman is the most recent disappearance. A day later, police find her body washed up on the beach. Senior officers record it as death by misadventure, but Village Constable Gwyn Thomas is certain her death and the other disappearances are connected.
Police suspicion is inevitable, but as with many crimes, an unintended consequence follows. This time the consequence has a name—Bethan, the dead woman’s niece. When she arrives from London to claim her inheritance, she refuses to accept her aunt’s death was accidental. Bethan begins hunting down and questioning village residents who might have information. As the puzzle pieces begin to fall into place, suddenly the tables are turned. She discovers she is no longer the hunter—she is the prey.
Hi, I’m Pam Crompton. I grew up on the outskirts of a small village in Welsh farming country. When I was a little girl there was no television, and radio was limited to the news and music. For entertainment, people used to gather around the fire and tell stories or talk about something that happened just as they had from time immemorial. If I stayed very quiet, my mother would forget I wasn’t in bed and I could listen to the adults talk. Many of those stories stayed in my mind and eventually I included some of them in my collection Land of My Fathers.
Not all of the talk involved people we knew, a lot of it was folklore and history. I doubt there are many Welsh people who are not curious about and proud of their Celtic ancestry and who are not intrigued by Merlin. At school, history was my best subject; I found it fascinating.
When I left school, we moved to Carmarthen, a Welsh town named after Merlin, and history surrounded me, which I continued to study. I used some of this knowledge for my novel The Last Druid.
Although my most recent novel The Agency is set in Calgary, upcoming novels are set in Wales or England because those countries offer themselves as better settings to the stories I write than the wide open spaces of Canada.