The Folly of the Surrey Swindler

Pneuma Springs releases new book - 'The Folly Under the Lake' - a thoroughly immersing whodunit set in Surrey written in traditional 1930s style. A jape with witticisms intertwined with spine chilling scenes based on true-life events and persons.
The Folly Under the Lake - Press Release
The Folly Under the Lake - Press Release
DARTFORD, U.K. - Nov. 5, 2015 - PRLog -- Deep in the heart of Surrey there's a folly under the lake
Whitaker Wright swindled millions of pounds in the 1930s, this book 'The Folly Under the Lake' is a fictionalised story loosely based on his life. The story is set in a very unusual  location, a setting that actually exists. The folly is under a real lake (in Surrey) and there isn't another one in the world that is under water as far as we know.
Readers would be interested to know that the protagonist is based on a real life character who is interesting for historical reasons. Apart from swindling millions of pounds, he was instrumental in funding the Baker Street and Waterloo Railway (now London's Bakerloo line), before being sentenced to 7 years imprisonment but taking a cyanide pill in the ante room of the court and killing himself. Also of interest is the fact that after his death his estate was bought by Lord Pirrie who was instrumental in the building of The Titanic.
“My journey to writing the book was brought about by my deep interest in the life of Whitaker Wright, which spanned a few years. I researched his life as much as I could, even going to talk to a historian about him. I was all set to write a true non-fiction account of his life but after going on a crime writing course I decided to make a fictional whodunit based on him and his folly,” says Author Salema Nazzal.

Book Description found on the book's Amazon page:
Set in the early 1930s at a country house in Surrey. Witton Park is owned by crooked, multi-millionaire, oil speculator Walter Sinnet and he lives there with his wife Blanche and their two adult children Harry and Rose. Harry is a good-natured bookworm who spends most of his time in the library, and has nothing in common with his father who wants him to work in the family company. His sister Rose, fun but feisty, wants some excitement in her life. Walter has become a multi-millionaire by swindling the investors in his company and has a vast lake and underwater folly engineered and put onto his property. People can sit in the folly and look through the windows into the lake and watch the fish swim past. The Sinnet family have a weekend house party and amongst them are Joseph Brewer and his wife Florence who are a couple in need of money who are desperate to invest in Walter's business. Another guest is Hattie Abberton, who has been invited by Blanche and has a big secret to hide. Other guests include grieving widow Cordelia Brown, who is Blanche Sinnet's niece, jewellery expert George Brown and Blanche's childhood friend Aubrey Sapping, who is in love with her. That night a storm happens that is so severe that a large tree falls down over the entrance gates making it impossible for anyone to leave the estate. The next morning Florence Brewer's jewellery has disappeared and a dead body is found floating in the lake facing down through the folly's glass roof. Inspector Marcus Thomas and his son James, who has a day off school because of the storm, soon arrive at the property. Along with bumbling sidekick Constable Turner, the three set out to solve the mystery.

For more information or to arrange an interview with the author of this book, please contact Olu Akinpelu on 07790432029 or email:

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