Aram is a true story of class and religious bigotry, incest and murder that has fascinated me most of my life.

I could almost hear the conspirators hatching their fraudulent plot in the alehouses and down the alleyways of 18th century Knaresborough.

But what exactly did happen when a young shoemaker, and a historically ignored travelling Jewish servant-boy, simply vanished into a snowy northern night?

With the help of extensive research and a lot of luck, I have done my best to solve a cracking mystery that has intrigued not only me but generations.

The novel is available from York Publishing Services (TEL 01904 431213), and all good high street bookshops.

Aram by Amanda Taylor

'Villany is always progressive, and declines from right, step after step. Eugene Aram, 1759'