It all began with the turn of a card in a seedy gambling den. In 1920, the Burton-Masseys lost their home Pendleton Grange, their lands, and several businesses in the heart of Bolton. Reduced to a life of hardship, the widow and three daughters of the Burton-Masseys took refuge in Caldwell Farm, all that was left of their former wealth. James Mulligan was the man who now owned their lands, a silent brooding man whose manners teetered on the brink of rudeness, but, in spite of this, many women found him attractive. Who was he? What was he? Did he hide a dark secret in the cellars of Pendleton Grange? And why did he involve himself so deeply in the lives of the Burton-Massey girls? As the world roared into the Twenties, those who lived and worked in Mulligan’s Yard went about their business and kept quiet. But a battle between Good and Evil was about to rage of its own accord. Mulligan’s Yard is one of Ruth Hamilton’s most powerful and impressive books, teeming with rich and colourful characters and evoking wonderfully the mood of a bygone age.