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About the author

V S Vale was born in Lancashire, England. With family connections to the textile and clothing industry going back four generations, she has worked in the fashion; interior and jewellery design world most of her life.

In addition to this, she spends much of her time writing. Valerie's first book, Murder Most Fowl, is set in the fictional Lancashire village of Swansneck and involves murder amidst the tight-knit and gossipy community.

Having enjoyed the process of writing her first novel so much she decided to make it a series of books, all centred on the same village and featuring a host of rounded and enjoyable characters.

Living in a seaside resort on the Lancashire coast, when she isn't working or writing, she enjoys walking on the beach with her little terrier-cross dog, Pepper. She also walks in the pinewoods close to her home, hoping to catch sight of the elusive red squirrels in the treetops. When time allows she loves to visit some of the many heritage houses of England, and imagine the characters that once lived within those walls.