From description: England, 1925. Louisa Drew lost her husband in the First World War and her six-year-old twin sons in the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918. Newly re-married to a war-traumatised husband and seven months pregnant, Louisa is asked by her employer to travel to Clewer Hall in Sussex where she is to photograph the contents of the house for auction.
Gothic ambiance, a séance and a re-creation of an 1896 séance, lots of family secrets, a ghost.
The book was kind of a near-miss for me. Some great Gothic elements and writing style, but not quite as suspenseful as it wanted to be. Nevertheless, the Gothic elements were interesting, and The Quickening would make a good book on a night you want a mysterious and not too frightening Gothic adventure.
Historical Fiction. 2020. Print length: 336 pages.
From description: Still suffering nightmares from a case that ended tragically, brilliant freelance crime consultant Scott Drayco considers retiring from crime solving altogether. When a former client bequeaths Drayco a rundown Opera House in a Virginia seaside town, he figures he'll arrange for a quick sale of the place while nursing his battered soul in a peaceful setting near the shore.
A Shamus Award Finalist and Best Mystery, Next Generation Book Awards
Drayco plans to meet a prospective client at his Opera House, only to find his client dead.
What I liked:
*Interesting small town characters.
*No bodies of women tortured.
*Nice plot line focused mainly on solving the murder(s).
Played to Death is the first in a series, and I plan to continue reading. I'm a little tired of "thrillers" in which the thrill involves tortured and murdered women. I don't mind one every once in a while, but it seems more and more have less mystery and investigation and more horrific cases. Anyway, I did enjoy this book and the characters.
Mystery/PI. 2014. Print length: 314 pages.