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Mr. Daniel Cooper of Stickleback Hollow

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Mr. Daniel Cooper of Stickleback Hollow

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Jun 29, 2017


When her parents die from fever, Lady Sarah Montgomery Baird Watson-Wentworth has to leave India, a land she was born and raised in, and travel to England for the first time. Finding it almost impossible to adjust to London society, Sarah flees to the county of Cheshire and the country estate of Grangeback that borders the village of Stickleback Hollow. A place filled with oddballs, eccentrics and more suspicious characters than you can shake a stick at, Sarah feels more at home in the sleepy little village than she ever did in the big city, however, even sleepy little villages have mysteries that must be solved.

Though Stickleback Hollow is still reeling after the events of All Hallows' Eve, time marches on, and a new arrival in Stickleback Hollow marks a change in Lady Sarah's prospects. Are Mr. Daniel Cooper's intentions towards Sarah as innocent as they seem, or is there something more sinister afoot?

Jun 29, 2017

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C.S. Woolley (Caroline Sarah Woolley) was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire and raised in the nearby town of Wilmslow. From an early age she discovered she had a flair and passion for writing. This was fuelled by winning local poetry and short story competitions during her years at Mottram St. Andrews Primary School.During high school, she continued to write and found her time split between acting, writing and her studies. At 14 she began writing novels. University did nothing to change her love of writing. C.S. spent a year reading Law at Manchester Metropolitan University before changing her mind and moving to read English at Hull University. After graduating she moved to Nottingham where she stayed for the cricket at Trent Bridge. She currently lives with her partner, Matt, and their two cats in Christchurch, New Zealand.In 2010, C.S published her first novel, Nicolette Mace – The Raven Siren: The Kevin Metis Saga. Since 2010 she has published books in five series – The Chronicles of Celadmore, The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow, The Children of Ribe, The Children of Snotingas and Nicolette Mace: The Raven Siren - as well as a series of adapted classics for Foxton Books and a series of modernised Shakespeare and workbooks to help with GCSEs. Her upcoming series include Alpha Sigma, The Children of Danelaw, Dark Hearts,The Children of Ribe Story Books, The Children of Ribe: Tales from Ribe, The Children of Ribe: Ancestors, Yngvar and Reinholdt, Finestra, and The Children of Ribe: Legends.More recently C.S has taken part in charity projects that include producing content for charity books such as Standing by the Watchtower: Volume 1. C.S has also acted in several plays and films including Weekend (2011).Hobbies: horse riding, including show jumping and cross country, Formula 1, tennis, free climbing, singing, boxing, dancing, playing guitar, cricket and is also an avid PC and console gamer.Favourite movies: The Muppet Christmas Carol, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Chisum.Favourite books: Sharpe’s Prey, Silverthorn and the Three Musketeers.Favourite bands: Thin Lizzy, the Darkness and McBusted.For more information please visit: http://www.mightierthanthesworduk.com

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The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow

By C.S. Woolley

A Mightier Than the Sword UK Publication


Mr. Daniel Cooper of Stickleback Hollow

The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow

By C. S. Woolley

A Mightier Than the Sword UK Publication

Smashwords Edition

Copyright © c. s. woolley 2017

Cover Design © c. s. woolley 2017

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of the publishers. The characters in this book, though named after real people, are all fictional. They are not a true representation of the people they are named for and have been created to serve the story rather than fact.



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The Characters

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Historical Note

Also by the same Author

The Characters

Lady Sarah Montgomery Baird Watson-Wentworth

The heroine

Brigadier General George Webb-Kneelingroach

Guardian of Lady Sarah and owner of Grangeback


The butler

Mrs Bosworth

The housekeeper


The cook

Mr Alexander Hunter

A huntsman and groundskeeper of Grangeback


An Akita, Alexander’s hunting dog

Constable Arwyn Evans

Policeman in Stickleback Hollow

Doctor Jack Hales

The doctor in Stickleback Hollow

Miss Angela Baker

The seamstress in Stickleback Hollow


The innkeeper in Stickleback Hollow

Mrs Emma Wilson

Wife of Wilson and cook at the inn

Mr Henry Cartwright

Owner of Duffleton Hall

Stanley Baker

Son of Miss Baker

Lee Baker

Son of Miss Baker

Reverend Percy Butterfield

The vicar in Stickleback Hollow

Mr Richard Hales

Son of Doctor Hales

Mr Gordon Hales

Son of Doctor Hales

Mr Daniel Cooper

A gentleman from Tatton Park

Mr Stuart Moore

A gentleman of Cheshire

Mr Jake Walker

A gentleman of Cheshire

Mr Thomas Egerton

Son of Wilbraham & Elizabeth

Mr Edward Christopher Egerton

Son of Wilbraham & Elizabeth

Lady Szonja, Countess of Huntingdon

Cousin of Elizabeth Egerton

Lord Joshua St. Vincent

A young lord in the employ of Lady Carol-Ann

Mr Callum St. Vincent

A young gentleman in the employ of Lady Carol-Ann

John Smith

An Alias

Lady Carol-Ann Margaret de Mandeville, Duchess of Aumale and Montagu

The villain

Chapter 1

Manners makyth man, and as such, there is never an excuse for a breach of etiquette. At least this is what Brigadier General George Webb-Kneelingroach had been brought up believing. He was a man that had been made by his days at Winchester and serving his country in the armed forces.

He had always prided himself on his manners and hospitality. It didn’t matter to the brigadier where one had been born, but what one chose to do with the time that they had been gifted to walk upon the Earth.

This being said, the brigadier was not a man to suffer fools, scoundrels or wastrels. It was in this contradiction in his character that he now found himself torn.

Mr Daniel Cooper had taken up residence in Duffleton Hall, and as a new resident in the neighbourhood, etiquette demanded that the brigadier call upon his new neighbour and welcome him to the area.

Mr Daniel Cooper was not a stranger to Stickleback Hollow or Grangeback as he had been residing at Tatton Park with his mother and the Egerton family since his father's death.

George had never had any call to doubt the character of Daniel until Lady Sarah Montgomery Baird Watson-Wentworth had become the ward of the brigadier. She was a young woman of fortune, vitality and was exotic compared to the famed beauties of England as she had passed her life in India until only a few months ago.

She had come to England after the death of her parents and became the ward of the brigadier as well as his heir.

Lady Sarah’s presence at Grangeback had changed how the brigadier viewed all young men that he knew. He also now viewed interlopers into the neighbourhood with suspicion.

As far as the brigadier could tell, Daniel was swept up in Sarah’s beauty and how different she was from the other women that he knew. The young man had already been bold enough to enquire into the lady’s relationships to other young men of her acquaintance.

But George was wary of how easily infatuated young men and young women could become with one another. That as soon as that initial wonder had disappeared, there would be nothing but misery and pain left in its wake.

His own daughter had fallen prey to such an infatuation, and he was eager to prevent Sarah from making the same mistake.

By calling on Mr Daniel Cooper, the brigadier had to be careful to not indicate that he was giving any form of permission or invitation that would entice Daniel to pursue Lady Sarah, whilst still maintaining a polite and socially acceptable comradery with his neighbour.

You should treat it as a chance to observe the young man more closely. You can hardly make a judgement on his behaviour at this point. Doctor Jack Hales had counselled his old friend.

It is hardly the behaviour of a rational man to take an estate such as Duffleton after spending an evening with a woman that was filled with danger and intrigue. George snorted.

I have yet to meet a man who behaves in a rational manner as far as women are concerned. Doctor Hales replied.

So the next day, the brigadier ordered his carriage to take him to Duffleton Hall. Sarah was still in bed when he left as she was still recovering from the injury she had received on All Hallows’ Eve.

It didn’t take long for his carriage to make its way down the narrow country roads that led from Grangeback to Duffleton.

Daniel welcomed the brigadier in the grandest fashion and spoke for hours about his plans for the estate. Lunch was prepared and served to the brigadier. Discussion between the two men went on well into the afternoon.

George found it amusing that Daniel was going to such great lengths to impress him, on what he could only assume was Sarah’s behalf.

As her guardian, it was the brigadier’s permission that Daniel would need in order to court and marry Sarah.

As the shadows had begun to lengthen, George had made his excuses and taken his carriage back to Grangeback. On his way back he took a slight detour to the lodge that lay just outside of Stickleback Hollow.

It was the home of Mr Alexander Hunter, a hunter by profession and the groundskeeper of the Grangeback Estate.

What brings you out here so late? Alex asked as George opened the door to the lodge. Mr Hunter was a man that observed a different kind of hospitality to most. Those that knew the man were well aware that his door was always open and guests were welcome in the lodge, whether the hunter was there or not.

There was never a need to announce their arrival or wait for an invitation to enter when visiting Mr Alexander Hunter.

Alex was sat at the table in his kitchen, fletching a new set of arrows when George walked in. Pattinson was lying in front of the fire. The great dog flicked his eyes in George's direction, but made no other effort to move.

I went to call on Mr Cooper at Duffleton Hall, George replied.

I would have thought you would have visited him in the morning, Alex said, without shifting his eyes from his arrows.

I did, he kept me there all day, George yawned as he sat down in the chair opposite Alex.

How does Duffleton look in the hands of its new master? Alex asked.

"Well, not much has changed since Henry owned it, but then I would hardly have expected much to have changed in just a few weeks. He seems

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