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Whispers Through The Canvas
Murder... Across The Fractured Corridors of Time.

Plunged into a centuries-old conspiracy, unconventional art historian Rowan Southeil must race against time to stop an ancient evil from rewriting history. When a young artist is murdered in a chilling echo of medieval violence, Rowan finds herself drawn to a seemingly unrelated clue - a 16th-century painting drenched in arcane symbols. Aided by the victim's haunting presence, Rowan delves into the painting's mysterious past, uncovering a dark conspiracy that stretches back generations.

Teaming up with the pragmatic Detective Lancaster, the intuitive Rowan follows a daring journey through time, from the storied halls of 16th-century Tudor London to the secretive 17th-century Vatican. As she awakens powerful elemental forces within herself, Rowan must decipher the painting's secrets - and the connection to the medieval-style murder - before Lev Rubilov, a dark centuries-old occultist, can harness its magic to rewrite history and restore a twisted vision of the past.

For fans of genre-blending thrillers like A Discovery of Witches and Outlander, this captivating novel weaves together mystery, the supernatural, and high-stakes time travel in a race against the clock to stop an ancient evil. Whispers Through The Canvas is a crime story, filled with action and adventure, within a historical fantasy milieu. If you love kick-ass heroines who have a bit of life experience and walk on the wild side of magic, this book is for you.

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About the author
From the bustling courtrooms of Atlanta to the vibrant tapestry of 16th-century England, Kathleen McGillick's life and career have been a captivating blend of legal expertise, artistic passion, and a thirst for adventure.
Fueled by an undergraduate and graduate degree in nursing, Kathleen built a foundation of compassion and care. This dedication to service later led her to pursue a Juris Doctorate, allowing her to navigate the intricacies of the legal system for nearly three decades. Her courtroom experience now breathes life into the intricate details of her legal thrillers, ensuring every courtroom scene crackles with authenticity.

But Kathleen's story doesn't end there. A deep fascination with art history led her to delve into the world of renowned artists and captivating eras. Her particular passion for 16th-century British history allows her to transport readers to richly detailed historical settings, immersing them in the culture, politics, and societal nuances of the time.

Driven by an unwavering dedication to her craft, Kathleen has independently published eleven legal thrillers since 2018. Her commitment extends beyond solo creation, as she actively engages with the writing community, honing her skills through workshops and courses led by renowned authors.

And when she's not crafting captivating narratives, Kathleen embarks on international journeys, soaking in diverse cultures and experiences that further enrich her writing. This global perspective adds another layer of depth and realism to her stories, allowing readers to connect with characters and settings that transcend geographical boundaries.

To delve deeper into Kathleen's world and explore her captivating legal thrillers, visit her website at

Read An Excerpt
As the protagonist art scholar is examining the painting she has a vision of what occurred in the room surrounding the murder...

The blank back panel revealed neither exhibition stamps nor any gallery inventory marks, strongly suggesting this had remained sequestered within private collections passed along through successive generations.
“Unfortunately, there appears to be little concrete evidence to uncover about its specific provenance from this angle. This portrait was quite likely a treasured, closely guarded family heirloom kept hidden away from prying eyes and idle curiosity.”
The detective nodded, unsurprised. 
“Also notably absent are any obvious signs of past restoration efforts. There are no indications of overcleaning, or the kinds of touch-up work one would typically expect to encounter on a canvas of such advanced age.” I leaned in closely, scrutinizing the ancient surface. “Considering its antiquity, such painstaking preservation strongly suggests this piece was long cherished and stored under carefully controlled conditions by someone intimately familiar with its value and importance as both an artistic and historical artifact.”
“So, in your expert assessment, what is your best current estimation?” 
In the room’s corner, a sudden burst of hazy movement caught my attention. A petite young woman struggled against her captor’s grasp, her voice defiant. “Let go of me! Your secrets aren’t secret anymore!”
The man’s face contorted with fury and disbelief. Her words had struck a nerve, causing him to loosen his grip for a moment, sending her collapsing to the floor.
An overwhelming urge gripped me to shout, “Run! Get up and run!” 
I desperately wanted to intervene, to change the tragic outcome I sensed coming. But the vision faded as quickly as it came, leaving me reeling with more unanswered questions.
“Dr. Southeil?” Gabriel called, breaking my trance.
“Secrets,” I whispered, my lips barely moving. “She knew his secrets.”
“Who? What secrets?” Confusion etched his face. “Are you referring to the woman in the painting?”
“Apologies, I got lost in thought,” I stammered, attempting to regain composure. “Yes, secrets. Considering the age of this painting, it likely holds many secrets waiting to be revealed. We should expect nothing less from such an ancient piece of art.”
He nodded, seemingly oblivious to the depth of the situation.
“How long will it take to identify the painting?” His urgency was palpable.
There was such potential hidden within this piece. Would it reveal its secrets easily, or would I need to unravel each layer carefully?

(note: Helen has not yet read the book herself)

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