Explore Buxton in the 1920s with the Buxton Spa Murder Mysteries

The Buxton Spa Mysteries

In the aftermath of the First World War, Buxton was still one of the leading spa towns in England. Many residents earned their living providing accommodation, food, or other services for the hundreds of visitors who came to stay, especially during the season between May and September.

The Buxton Spa Murder Mystery Series combines imaginary characters with real events which occurred in Buxton in the early 1920s and provides a glimpse of the town and its residents as they tried to recover from the effects of the War. The current political and economic situation has many echoes and parallels from the 1920s, and these are reflected in the latest book, Shadow Peak, the fifth in the series. See below for details of how to buy the books.

The Buxton Spa Mysteries

The towns of Buxton and Fairfield provide the backdrop for the latest book in the series, Shadow Peak, as Eleanor Harriman, solicitor-cum-sleuth, solves yet another murder. The action takes place in June 1923 when the country was heading towards its second General Election within twelve months and the National Liberal Federation was holding its annual conference at the Buxton Opera House hoping to heal the rift between the two factions into which the Liberal Party had spilt.

The Buxton Spa Mysteries

Buxton born writer and actor Tim Brooke-Taylor said of the books, “I enjoyed growing up in Buxton and I always thought I was living in Enid Blyton but now I realise I was actually living in Agatha Christie.”

The Buxton Spa Mysteries

The books make a perfect Christmas gift and are available to buy in Buxton locally and also online. Buy now to guarantee Christmas delivery.


Order Copies online & buy locally

Copies of the books in the series are available online or to buy locally, priced at £8.99 each at:

Higher Buxton Post Office, 12a High Street, Buxton

Scrivener’s Books & Bookbinding, 42 High Street, Buxton

Waterstones Books: at £8.99 each plus post + packaging

Celia Harwood’s website at celiaharwood.com for £8.99 each with FREE postage and packaging

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