Gothic

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Mexican Gothic

COVID-19 has made us more aware than ever of the importance of the spaces we call our own. That makes this the perfect moment to read the uncanny, absorbing Mexican Gothic, a tale about the kind of location in which you most definitely wouldn’t want to shelter in place. Wealthy socialite Noemí ...

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The Sun Down Motel

Completely addictive, riveting, and engaging, The Sun Down Motel is the latest supernatural thriller from Simone St. James. A dual timeline tale of two women thirty-five years apart looking for answers to a series of disappearances, it contains the eerie, haunted tone I expect from this author’s w ...

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The Poison Thread

Please note that this review was originally published in October 2018 upon the UK publication of this novel.  The book's original title is The Corset. Laura Purcell first came to my attention as the author of a couple of very fine pieces of historical fiction, and earlier this year, I awar ...

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Lady of Mallow

Dorothy Eden's Lady of Mallow was originally published in 1960, and has recently been digitally reissued, as have several of the author’s other books. London is abuzz with gossip about Lord Blane Mallow, who ran away from his Kentish home aged sixteen and hasn’t been seen or heard of in the t ...

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Jamaica Inn

I first picked up Jamaica Inn when I was fifteen, and it’s remained on my favorites shelf ever since. Certain parts of it haven’t aged well, but I read it again recently and still felt a claustrophobia and growing dread even though I knew what would happen next. In 1820, Mary Yellan’s dying ...

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The Corset

Laura Purcell first came to my attention as the author of a couple of very fine pieces of historical fiction, and earlier this year, I awarded her fabulous, spooky supernatural/gothic mystery The Silent Companions DIK status and gushed about it to everyone who crossed my path!  I’ve been waiting ...

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The Silent Companions

Laura Purcell is the author of two excellent pieces of historical fiction set in Georgian England, one, Queen of Bedlam, about Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, and the other, Mistress of the Court, a fictionalised account of the life of Henrietta Howard, who became the mistress of Prince Ge ...

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Domino

Anyone on the lookout for a slow-paced book where the heroine does a lot of wondering and pondering, have I got a recommendation for you. Unfortunately Phyllis A. Whitney’s Domino contains plenty of just that – and so didn’t work for me, which was disappointing because the setting is beautiful ...

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The Girl from Rawblood

Okay. So where to start? I’m not sure which is most prevalent, but in The Girl from Rawblood, Catriona Ward has written a combination of horror, gothic, mystery and a hint of tragic romance that could be utterly fascinating, but just did not work for me. I’m really not sure why – it should hi ...

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Secrets in the Mist

Taking a break from her Lady Darby historical mysteries, Anna Lee Huber has embarked upon a new series entitled Gothic Myths, a set of linked but standalone gothic romances.  The first of these, Secrets in the Mist, is an enjoyable and well-developed story of mystery and suspense in which the autho ...