AUGUST Quinns is the pen-name for Windermere writer Bert Hatley, whose intriguing spy novel is set 150 miles away in the cathedral city of Litchfield.

The plot involves the owner of a clandestine manufacturer of eavesdropping devices and enigmatic character Liza Vancyk.

Together, they become caught up in the mysterious DEMOLISH project, involving a little-understood natural force.

This ultimately creates a devastating accident that almost destroys historic Litchfield Cathedral - and leads to the disappearance of Liza.

Pleasantly readable, but some readers might find it undemanding in spy thriller terms.