Revenge – a dark, powerful emotion! No wonder it is such a popular theme in so many crime and romantic suspense novels.
I Googled it, and here are three quotes I came up with …
* “Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.” —Francis Bacon.
* “Revenge is like a boomerang. Although for a time it flies in the direction in which it is hurled, it takes a sudden curve, and, returning, hits your own head the heaviest blow of all.” —John M. Mason.
* “Revenge is often like biting a dog because the dog bit you.” —Austin O’Malley.
I kind of like Mr Mason’s take on it. The emotion is full of bitterness and hate, but the vengeful must indulge themselves at their peril – or they might just be facing their comeuppance!
When revenge is threaded through the plot of a murder mystery, the perpetrator might not be revealed until the end. And if the victim is nasty enough to have many enemies … well, that’s what ‘who dunnits’ are all about.
My particular revenge story had its origins back many centuries ago, in deepest, darkest West Cornwall. Whenever we visit a new place I find myself delving into it’s local history, which is exactly what happened when we went to Land’s End.
If you turn your back on all the touristy stuff and follow the trodden path across the cliff top, past the tiny ancient fields that haven’t changed in hundreds of years, you’ll find Greeb Farm.
Sadly, I understand that tourism has now encroached here too, but when we visited it was easy to imagine how life would have been lived at the old farmhouse all those centuries ago. This is where I first heard the story of my namesake, Annie George.
Innkeeper, Annie, and her clan, were involved in smuggling, or as the Cornish described it in those days, ‘free trade’. Since the whole operation was overseen by the pub’s owner, William Vingoe, Annie and husband, Joseph, attempted to blackmail him into letting them run the inn rent-free. But William gave the couple their marching orders.
Burning for revenge, Annie did the unforgivable – she turned King’s evidence, resulting in many local people being hanged.
Incensed by her treachery, the community turned on her, dragging her to Whitesand Beach, where they pegged her out to drown on the incoming tide.
Annie’s ghost is said to still haunt the inn.
The story may or may not be true, but it had fired my imagination and I knew that one day I would write about it. And guess what – I did, which is how A Cornish Revenge came about. It was to be the first in a series featuring crusading amateur sleuth, Loveday Ross and DI Sam Kitto.
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