In just a few heartbreaking days, Lexy Shaw's world has fallen apart. After her mother is killed in a tragic hit-and-run, her mother's childhood guardian, Ursula, also dies suddenly, leaving everything to Lexy. But as Lexy reads through Ursula's hidden papers, what she discovers raises doubts about her own identity and if she really is now all alone in the world.
Desperate to find out if she has any surviving family, Lexy travels to Africa hoping she can unravel the mystery she's now tormented by, only to find that she's stumbled into a past full of lies and deceit and that her life is in grave danger.
Published: 4th November 2015
Format: Paperback 198x129mm
Extent: 384 pages
Mairi Wilson was born in Scotland but brought up in England, Turkey, Denmark and Spain. She now divides her time between Edinburgh and Ullapool, and continues to travel further afield when she can. She has worked in marketing and education before becoming a full-time writer. Her debut novel Ursula's Secret, winner of the Sunday Mail Fiction Prize, was an eBook bestseller, spending over 85 days in the Kindle Top 100. Her poems and short stories have appeared in publications such as Gutter, Writers' Forum and Pushing out the Boat, as well as online, on local radio and in performance at Edinburgh and other festivals.
"Part detective thriller, part emotional journey, Ursula's Secret is a highly enjoyable and intelligent adventure that will appeal to fans of Kate Atkinson and Maggie O'Farrell. A very promising debut."
SOPHIE COOKE, author of The Glass House
"Lovely straightforward and absorbing story telling of complex lives and a secret that spans decades and continents."
ISLA DEWAR, author of Dancing in a Distant Place
"The complex story accelerates to a dramatic denouement that leaves Lexy enlightened and chastened, and on the verge of a new phase in her life, and leaves the reader wholly satisfied with Wilson's adept, sympathetic and colourful storytelling."
MORAG JOSS, award-winning author of the Sara Selkirk novels
'Ursula's Secret is packed full of tension, questions, problems, secrecy and intrigue right until the concluding chapter.'
EMMA CROWLEY, Shaz’s Book Blog
'This book is filled with twist after twist, secret after secret which will keep you guessing right to the end.'
PORTOBELLO BOOK BLOG
'I was completely captured from the beginning of Ursula’s Secret, enveloped in the mystery and memories of Ursula and the beauty of her home. With it’s ‘smiling’ staircase and Lexy’s obvious wonder I was lost to the tale and it’s descriptive content… I loved this read.'
**** TRACY SHEPHARD, Postcard Reviews Blog