Stroud-based writer Tessa Harris celebrates the launch of her ninth novel on 27th August.

Recently described by the Historical Novel Society as painting “the words/pictures with the skill of a master,” Tessa’s latest work, A Deadly Deception, is the third in her Constance Piper series. Set in Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel a few months after the shocking murder of Mary Jane Kelly, it seems Saucy Jack is not the only one with blood on his hands as Irish Fenians attempt to cash in on the terror on the streets.

“With the Irish ‘backstop’ at the centre of our politics at the moment the subject matter is quite timely,” says Tessa, who moved to the Cotswolds a year ago. She’s obviously found the area creatively inspirational. Her stage play, The Ballad of the Bristol Baby Farmer, which she is also directing, is based on the true story of the West country serial killer Amelia Dyer. It has its premier at the Stroud Theatre Festival on 13th September.