Syd Moore

Interviewed 24 August 2019

Syd Moore

Syd Moore grew up in and lives in Essex where her Essex Witch Museum mysteries are set. She has had a lifelong fascination with witchcraft and each of the books in her series draws on real-life mysteries and historical events.

For nine years prior to crime writing she was a lecturer, worked in the publishing industry and presented Channel 4’s book programme, Pulp. Syd was founding editor of Level 4, a magazine for arts and culture, and co-creator of Superstrumps, the game that reclaims female stereotypes.

In 2017 she founded the Essex Girls Liberation Front, which aims to change the definition of an Essex Girl and the stereotype of women of Essex, and has spoken on radio, television, political panels and at festivals and universities about the stereotype and problems that face women today. She is also a UK ambassador for DINNødhjælp, the Danish charity that helps Nigerian ‘witch’ children.

Books by Syd Moore

Strange Tricks

Lost boys and family mysteries. The Essex girl is off her patch for this mystery when a psychic in Godalming put Rosie Strange and her assistant, Sam, on the trail of potential serial killer.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Anthea Hawdon

The Twelve Even Stranger Days of Christmas

A collection of short stories set in the world of Rosie Strange and the Essex Witchcraft Museum.

Reviewed on 27 November 2021 by Anthea Hawdon

Strange Tombs

There's a mystery and suspense residential creative writing week at Ratchette Hall. It's at Halloween, so what could possibly go wrong? Well, murder for a start.

Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Anthea Hawdon

Strange Fascination

A stone with an old legend is about to cause major problems for the locals in the village of Adders Fork.

Reviewed on 01 September 2018 by Anthea Hawdon

Strange Sight

Ghostly sightings, mysterious writing and blood flowing from a chandelier lead up to the murder of a chef in an upmarket London restaurant.

Reviewed on 03 February 2018 by Anthea Hawdon

Strange Magic

Rosie Strange has inherited the Essex Witch Museum from her estranged grandfather. She doesn't want it and is determined to sell it but her first visit catapults her into the hunt for the bones of a buried witch, a crusade to save the life of a young boy and the uncovering of satanic worship.

Reviewed on 30 September 2017 by John Barnbrook