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After a convent education, which included writing plays for the Lower Third to perform, Sarah Rayne embarked on a variety of jobs, but â€“ probably inevitably â€“ returned again and again to writing. Her first novel appeared in 1982, and since then her books have also been published in America, Holland and Germany.
The daughter of an Irish comedy actor, she was for many years active in amateur theatre, and lists among her hobbies, theatre, history, music, and old houses â€“ much of her inspiration comes from old buildings and their histories and atmospheres. To these interests, she adds ghosts and ghost stories, and â€“ having grown up in the Sixties â€“ good conversation around a well-stocked dinner table.
A story of sadness and a lost past with repercussions echoing down the years from the First World War to the present. There is murder, blackmail and many hidden secrets but it is the effect of the past on the living that this book really illustrates. The unfolding of tragic lives and the mysteries surrounding them make for a very unusual and completely hypnotic book. Highly recommended. Comparison: Morag Joss, Hilary Bonner, Minette Walters.
Undulating back and forth over 80 years, this haunting, dark tale of mystery and deception, centring on lost twins, is mesmerising. Sinister, full of twists and the unexpected, I rate it as highly as her first horrific tale of madness, Tower of Silence. A new talent well worth supporting. Comparison: Barbara Vine, Carol Smith, Mary Higgins Clark. Similar this month: John Katzenbach, Mark Billingham.
Introducing professional researcher Phineas Fox in the first of a brand-new series of chilling mysteries.Phineas Fox has mixed feelings when he's asked to research the infamous 19th-century violinist Roman Volf for a TV documentary. Hanged for his part in the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881, Volf was a notorious criminal and womaniser, whose glittering talent was undermined by his scandalous private life. However, on uncovering evidence which suggests that Volf could not have been involved in the Tsar's murder, Phin's investigations lead him to the west coast of Ireland - and a series of intriguing, interlocking mysteries reaching from 1881 to the present day. Was Roman Volf executed for something he didn't do? And what is his connection with the reclusive Maxim Volf now living in County Galway? Phin's enquiries will unearth a number of dark secrets which lurk below the surface of the quiet Irish village of Kilcarne.
Secretly aware of his own shortcomings as a writer, Tod Miller appeals to his daughter, Fael, to help him construct a full stage musical. One evening Fael is accosted by a mysterious young man who claims he can help her write the show. However, there's a sinister condition attached to his offer.