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The Ghosts of China

The Ghosts of China

Author(s): G I Lewis

Location(s): Merthyr Tydfil

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 2013 looking back to mid 19th Century

Merthyr Tydfil in 1844 is a frontier town on the cutting edge of the industrial revolution where wealth and crime walk hand in hand. Introduced just a few years earlier, the Glamorgan Constabulary fight to take control of this hard town by fair means or foul. Working in this violent world Sergeant Ephraim Jones uncovers three murders that link power to the towns most famous of slums, China. Operating outside of the authority of his bosses Ephraim Jones seeks to bring the killer to justice. In 2013 Sergeant Angharad Jones, the latest descendent of Ephraim Jones, finds herself cast adrift into modern Merthyr Tydfil a town that still bares the social scars of its 19th Century development. As people start to die, Angharad realises that there is a familiarity in the tale of her ancestor. Calling on the assistance of her grandfather, Angharad searches for the truth. Can she finally solve the great mystery of Merthyr Tydfil and save her career in the process? Calling on the legends of the town the Ghosts of China is a modern day crime story that brings to life the historical Merthyr Tydfil. In doing so it delivers a quirky and South Wales valleys inspired take on the Police Procedural.

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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Entries close 6th November 2021