Tom Fletcher And The Angel Of Death by Sarah Matthias

Tom Fletcher And The Angel Of Death

Written by Sarah Matthias

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As with Sarah Matthias’ debut this has some brilliantly described characters that you can visualise completely in your mind as if they were standing with you, not least Tom Fletcher himself. It’s also a terrific adventure story, rich in quirky historical detail and anecdote. A fantastic unputdownable historical whodunit. Her website,, offers a Cure of the Month, currently a peppermint and rosemary concoction designed to get rid of colds.


Tom Fletcher And The Angel Of Death by Sarah Matthias

What the author said: "I wrote my second book, Tom Fletcher and the Angel of Death, for my children too. However, by now I had a publisher for my first book so I was much more disciplined in the way that I wrote. I still wrote it for my children but I had much more of an idea about how long I wanted it to be. My son, Charlie, read every chapter ‘hot off the press’ and is a really great critic. In fact, I am now writing my third book and he is reading it chapter by chapter and still keeping me to the mark."

When Brother Benedict is found dead in Saint Wilfred’s Beast House, eaten by Delilah, the lion he kept to terrorise the people of St Agnes-next-the Sea, there is no shortage of suspects.

But when the wrong man is accused of the crime, and threatened with an agonising death, young novice Tom Fletcher has no choice but to investigate.

About the Author

Sarah Matthias

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Is there a reason that you chose to write books or poems for children rather than adults?
I have four children and I began writing for them. I might try to write for adults in the future but at the moment all my idea are for children's books. I really like children and I find the idea of exciting them to read with my writing very fulfilling. I also like the fact that with children's fiction you get to visit schools - I really love doing school events and RIF events.

What would you say to a reluctant male reader of any age?
Just read anything you like, whether it is the newspaper of fiction or factual accounts or picture books. Just read and try to discover what you like. There's no right and wrong about what you should read. Reading is for pleasure! My son who is fifteen read almost nothing until one day somebody gave him To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee. He did not move from his chair until he finished it and has read constantly ever since. He then read One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, 1984 and Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell. It was so odd how he suddenly found a love for reading from being sucked into book and finding what a pleasure it is to read!

What do you read with your children (if appropriate)?
I love a good story well told so I like things like Ann Pilling and Roald Dahl and Cornelia Funke. I like reading things that inspire my children's imaginations so something in the historical fantasy genre like Joan Aiken always goes down well.

Why do you think reading is fundamental?
If you want to know how to spell and to write and to communicate I believeyou need to read. Reading is the bedrock on which everything elseis built. If you want to know how to communicate you need to read good writing and find out how other people do it.

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288 pages
Interest Age: 9-11


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Catnip Publishing Ltd

Publication date

1st January 2008




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