The Tell Tale

Goldie award winner for best mystery

“‘The Tell Tale’ by Clare Ashton is outstanding. My book of the year by a long way.” – Kitty Kat’s Book Review

Will grab you by the throat, put a lump there, and make you hold your breath until the very end” – Lez Review Books

If you like twists and turns, wrongs righted, and heartbreaking redemption and love, you will simply adore this novel.” – The Lesbian Review

The Tell Tale is an absolutely riveting read” – Sapphic Book Review

Historical fiction with many awesome queer reps, and it is the quality mystery we need” – Hsinju’s Lit Log

This isn’t a romance, yet there is a love story just as captivating as the rest of the book” – Jude in the Stars

an intricate mystery and intrigue filled with more twists and turns than a knotted ball of yarn” – Rainbow Reflections

The Tell Tale – a sapphic mystery – is available on Amazon.


Snow, secrets, an icy lady of the manor, a vile villain, open fires and hidden love.

A frosty December and Bethan Griffiths has returned home to unwrap secrets. It’s the 1970s and she is back in the village of Foel in the Welsh hills to raise her daughter. They arrive to the open arms of her family and the community, but not all is what it seems and Beth isn’t home for the reason she pretends either.

Vicious notes start appearing that reveal harsh truths about the village inhabitants, stirring up ancient past, old loves and the dead. Not even local dignitary, the elegant and aloof Lady Melling who hides in her manor house, is safe from the accusations.

But when Beth receives her notes, they aren’t what she expected. Is she being toyed with like the other villagers, or is she being guided to a long-sought truth?

The Tell Tale has been watching and waiting, because there’s something queer about the village of Foel.