High John the Conqueror by Tariq Goddard
"I always wanted to be a writer, but I became a policeman instead."WESSEX, 2016. Teenagers are vanishing off the council estates of a small provincial city. A crop of herbs that are said to posses magical powers which only grow once every fifty years are found in the woods.
A supernatural creature believed to be the guardian of the herbs is seen in nightmares. Rumours of orgiastic rituals on the estates of the rich and powerful excite the curious. And the Queen of England decides to celebrate her 90th birthday with a visit to the city's famous cathedral spire.
Into this madness, two ambitious detectives, one with doomed literary ambitions, seek to solve the mystery, their only lead that "posh people are taking our children". Blending mysticism, class war, societal malfeasance and transcendence, High John The Conqueror identifies the point in our recent history when the ghosts of our past become the political monsters of the present.