A dual-time tale, absolutely fascinating, mixing three periods, the Tudors, the child migrant scheme to Australia and the present and it succeeds on all levels. Itâ€™s a mystery, a whodunit, a psychological thriller, a historical adventure, a ghost story and a lovely, lovely read, far superior to his normal Dalziel and Pascoe crime tales. In fact I believe itâ€™s the best thing heâ€™s written. Highly recommended.
They came to The Stranger House. And death followed close behind.
For over 500 years, the Stranger House has stood in the village of Illthwaite, offering refuge to all manner of travellers. People like Sam Flood, a brilliant young Australian mathematician, who believes that anything that can't be explained by maths isn't worth explaining. And Miguel Madero, a Spanish historian in flight from a priests' seminary, who sees ghosts.
Sam is an experienced young woman, Mig a 26-year-old virgin. But both want to dig up bits of the past that some people would rather keep buried.
As they uncover intertwining tales of murder, betrayal and love, they must put aside their differences in order to uncover the dark mysteries at the heart of this ancient place...
|Publication date:||3rd April 2006|
|Format:||Paperback (a Format)|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
Closing date: 07/11/2021
'A mystery novel but far more than that. Its gripping... Hill is wonderful.' The Times
'Exhilarating... if this is what results when Hill enjoys a holiday from the norm, he should take a break from his Yorkshire double act more often.' Sunday Times
'You're enthralled by the cunning of the plotting... great.' Observer
'Its a complex, multi-layered plot... it takes a master like Mr Hill to turn it into such an absorbing and atmospheric mystery.' Sunday Telegraph
Reginald Hill was born in 1936 in Hartlepool in the North-East of England. At the time his father was a professional footballer playing for Hartlepool United, but Reg says he never took to the round ball game, much preferring rugby which actively encouraged the drinking of beer both before and after (and sometimes during) the game. When he was three his family moved to Cumbria, where Reginald spent his entire childhood before going off to Oxford University and eventually becoming a teacher. A teller of tales from his earliest years, Reg had his creative epiphany aged seven when he discovered people ...More About Reginald Hill