Gothic

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The First Horseman

Elizabeth Morris's The First Horseman is one of my very favorite romance novels, a comfort read that has come to feel like a cherished friend over the years. Rachel McKinnon and Allison Girard were best friends in their childhood days in Magnolia Grove, South Carolina. Rachel was the daughter of ...

C
Mysteries of Lost Angel Inn

Anthology
The Lost Angel Inn is an appropriate setting for a trio of gothic tales. It's too bad that the stories that take place there aren't more interesting. One hundred and forty years ago, a young maid was accused of murdering the owner of the Lost Angel Inn, which was then a private res ...

C
The Mistress of Trevelyan

This book features a mysterious house with a secret passage, a poor governess who narrates it in the first person, a dark, brooding, intense hero, and the word "mistress" is in the title. Could it be...a gothic novel? Yes it is. How is it? Well, it's not bad, but Dorothy Eden still did it better. ...

B
On the Edge of the Woods

Gothics are back in vogue again, and I am certainly glad for that. Diane Tyrrel's debut certainly brings back hints of Gothic romances of earlier days, but still has a strong voice of its own. And though On the Edge of the Woods has a few rough spots, it is ultimately a very enjoyable and mildly chi ...

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The Arms of the Law

Jenna Ryan's The Arms of the Law has a bland title and a boring cover, neither of which give a hint to the wonderfully dark suspense novel lurking inside. Kind of like Christie by way of Hitchcock, it has the spooky, menacing feel of a good scary movie. If the love story becomes secondary to the mys ...

D
Obsession

The best thing I can find to say about this book is that it's not as bad as the poem that begins it: It began in the autumn, Eighteen eighty-eight, Scotland Yard and Whitechapel Were in such a state. Five drunken "unfortunates" Jack sent to hell Without even so much as A "Fare-thee-girls-well! ...

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The Ghost of Carnal Cove

The Ghost of Carnal Cove is Gothic Light. Despite hitting all the familiar notes, it’s often the opposite of what it needs to be. Soft when it should be edgy, predictable when it should be suspenseful, this is a thoroughly average read. Makenna Lindsay comes to the Isle of Wight in the wake of ...

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Lair of the Lion

Okay, what you have here are lions, a curse, a remote castle in the Italian Alps, a hero who won't let you look at him, and a spunky heroine who I occasionally wanted to deck. And it all happens sometime in the past, but exactly when I couldn't even begin to tell you. Let me say that I like ...

C
The House In Thornton Wood

The cover of The House In Thornton Wood features a young woman enveloped in a cloak and hood in the foreground of a dark and brooding landscape complete with a shadowy mansion. Let's read the blurb on the back cover, hmm, we have a governess, an isolated house, a mysterious woods, gypsies, mystery, ...

C+
The Shadowing

The Shadowing by Joan Overfield is a very gothic experience. While I found the book engrossing and the heroine interesting, the book's over-the-top melodrama was a little difficult to take. In the fifteenth century, an evil sorcerer cursed the McCairn lairds with the Shadowing. At some point ...