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The Taxidermist's Daughter by Kate Mosse
  

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This is magnificent. It’s a gothic tale of murder, superstition and mystery that will really keep you glued to your seat. Four gentlemen gather and something happens. Now ten years later, in 1912, they must pay for that night. You, the reader, are drip-fed much but not enough to guess what is up. We get a garrotted body made to look like a drowning, a village bent on covering the murder up, a series of further bizarre murders and the poor taxidermist’s daughter desperately trying to piece together some early memories blotted out by an accident. The build is superbly done. The author is excellent on drawing out the tension, a real page-turner and a thrilling read.

If you like Kate Mosse you might also like to read books by Susanna Kearsley, Susan Hill and Kathy Reichs.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. A gothic thriller set on the Sussex coast in 1912, this gripping novel begins in the graveyard of the church of St Peter and St Mary in Fishbourne, where at midnight on the Eve of St Mark, it is believed that the ghosts of those destined to die in the coming year will be seen entering the church at the turning of the hour.As the villagers gather, Connie Gifford, the taxidermist’s daughter, sees her father among them, and three or four gentlemen, the cut of their clothes setting them apart. But as the bell tolls and all eyes are turned towards the church, a woman is murdered – garrotted by gloved hands. And, over the ensuing days, as the rising tide and fierce storms threaten the village, the mystery of the dead woman and the unknown men deepens. A compelling story of justice, and of a punishment to fit a crime.
~ Karen Howlett

Synopsis

The Taxidermist's Daughter by Kate Mosse

Sussex, 1912. In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to be seen. Here, where the estuary leads out to the sea, superstitions still hold sway. Standing alone is the taxidermist's daughter. At 17, Constantia Gifford lives with her father in a decaying house: it is all that is left of Gifford's once world-famous museum of taxidermy. The stuffed animals that used to grace every parlour are out of fashion, leaving Gifford a disgraced and bitter man. The bell begins to toll and all eyes are fixed on the church. No one sees the gloved hand pick up a flint. As the last notes fade into the dark, a woman lies dead. While the village braces itself against rising waters and the highest tide of the season, Connie struggles to discover who is responsible, but finds herself under suspicion. Is Constantia who she seems - is she the victim of circumstances or are more sinister forces at work? And what is the secret that lies at the heart of Gifford House, hidden among the bell jars of her father's workshop? Told over one summer, THE TAXIDERMIST'S DAUGHTER is the haunting new novel from the bestselling author of LABYRINTH, SEPULCHRE, CIDADEL and THE WINTER GHOSTS.

About the Author

Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse was our Guest Editor in November 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Kate Mosse is the author of three non-fiction books, three plays and six novels, including her multi-million selling international No 1 bestselling Languedoc Trilogy. Translated into 38 languages and published in 40 countries, the first of the series, Labyrinth, was the bestselling book in the UK in 2006, named as one of Waterstone's best novels of the past twenty five years and was made into a feature film for Channel 4 television by Ridley Scott staring John Hurt, Jessica Brown-Findlay and Tom Felton. The second in the series - the fin-de-si?cle Tarot tale, Sepulchre - and her stand alone novella, The Winter Ghosts - were also No 1 bestsellers. The third and final bestselling novel in the Trilogy, Citadel was published to outstanding reviews in October 2012 and shortlisted for the Specsavers Most Popular Novel of the Year award. Set during World War II in Carcassonne, it tells the story of courage and bravery under Occupation based around an all-female group of Resistance fighters.

In October 2013 Kate's first ever collection of stories The Mistletoe Bride & Other Winter Tales was be published. Her short fiction and essays have previously appeared in a range of magazines and books including Midsummer Nights (Quercus), The Book Lovers' Appreciation Society (Orion) and Fifty Shades of Feminism (Virago). She has also written introductions to new editions of classic novels - including Captain Blood by Raphael Sabbatini, Night Falls on the City by Sarah Gainham and Goldfinger by Ian Fleming. Other recent publications play Endpapers (Oberon Books), commissioned by the Bush Theatre for 'Sixty-Six Books', and Chichester Festival Theatre at Fifty in 2012 (Unbound).

Known as a campaigner for libraries and for promoting international writing by women, Kate is the Co-Founder & Honorary Director of the Women's Prize for Fiction - previously the Orange Prize for Fiction - and has advised prizes and festivals throughout the world in this field. In 2012, Kate was named by the Bookseller as one of the fifty most influential people in British publishing, and was presented with the 'Spirit of Everywoman Award' for her contribution to women and the arts in November.

Kate also on the board of the National Theatre in London and is Patron of The Fishbourne Centre and of the Consort of Twelve in Sussex, where she lives. Kate was awarded an OBE in June 2013.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Kate Mosse

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Historical Fiction
Thriller / Suspense
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9781409153757

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