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The Taxidermist's Daughter by Kate Mosse
  

The Taxidermist's Daughter

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Sarah Broadhurst's view...

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.

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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

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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.

Reviews

Glossy as a crow's wing. Sure as a surgeon's scalpel. I bloody loved it. JOANNE HARRIS - Author of CHOCOLAT THE TAXIDERMIST'S DAUGHTER is amazing - atmospheric, gripping ... I can't put it down MARIAN KEYES - Author of THIS CHARMING MAN I loved the atmosphere: the time, the place, the weather, the cold. An unholy collision of Daphne du Maurier and Agatha Christie ANTHONY HOROWITZ - Creator and Writer of FOYLE'S WAR [A] classic tale of marshland murder and madness ... The strength of this book likes as much in the startling imagery and atmospheric description as it does in the story ... A deliciously dark novel that races towards its grotesque conclusion DAILY EXPRESS It is a cleverly constructed thriller, keeping its secrets for a good two thirds of the book. Mosse excels at building up clammy, dank suspense while keeping her readers in the dark ... A seriously satisfying read METRO A new novel from Kate Mosse is always a treat. Set in a Sussex village where a grisly murder has taken place, The Taxidermist's Daughter is part ghost story, part psychological thriller and will send shivers down your spine. GOOD HOUSEKEEPING This latest tale from the bestselling author of Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel (a mere 5 million in sales) is set in Sussex in 1912 and filled with grizzly murders, stuffed birds and suspicious villagers. It's a compulsive read reminiscent of Daphne Du Maurier. STYLIST A beautifully told story of revenge, justice and secrets. If you haven't read any Kate Mosse then this is a gem to start with ... Cast with a Victorian darkness, filled with taxidermy, cemeteries and shifty types it is everything you could possibly want from this genre WE LOVE THIS BOOK This is magnificent. A gothic tale of murder, superstition and mystery that will really keep you glued to your seat ... The build is superbly done. The author is excellent on drawing out the tension, a real page-turner and a thrilling read LOVEREADING Nestled in among the feathers and flesh is a dark and mysterious tale, but one that is also touching and passionate. Mosse strikes a fine balance between character and concept, creating a thriller so unique that her talent is indisputable THE LIST A spine-tingling tale SUN ON SUNDAY FABULOUS MAGAZINE Mosse's rich prose will drag the reader from any sunny poolside to water logged West Sussex and - tellingly - they won't even mind EASYJET TRAVELLER MAGAZINE This haunting and atmospheric Gothic novel sweeps you along to its dramatic conclusion HEAT MAGAZINE Mosse is an engaging storyteller, deftly dealing with the intricacies of her involving, gruesome plot SUNDAY EXPRESS Fans of Mosse will love this haunting tale of murder and suspicion ELLE [A] creepy chiller of a novel SUNDAY EXPRESS Mosse grew up on the edge of Fishbourne's muddy estuary, and she writes beautifully about its flora and fauna and flowing tides. Against this lyrical background her complex plot moves at rocket speed. Unputdownable, romantic, this is sure to be a bestseller. THE TIMES This novel drips with Edgar Allen Poe-style gothic touches METRO A cleverly constructed thriller ... Mosse excels at building up clammy, dank suspense while keeping her readers in the dark. A seriously satisfying read METRO Mosse throws one bravura scene after another. This is a book full of heart and superb twists, with an unforgettable heroine and a mystery that will have you thinking long after you've turned the last page THE INDEPENDENT MILL ON THE FLOSS meets PSYCHO OBSERVER SERIES (CHICHESTER) Laden with life, death and destruction, this novel oozes with a character that shows Mosse's passion for the place where she grew up THE LIST Cassie is a character you warm to very quickly and others are so brimming with personality they leap off the page WE LOVE THIS BOOK Kate Moss may have been hitting the front pages as one of the stars of London Fashion Week, but it's the author Kate Mosse who's making headlines in the books world this week -- Stacey Bartlett THE SUN - FABULOUS MAGAZINE [Mosse] excels at horror, using language and imagery to create a truly original page-turner and is at her best when creating character THE LIST A superb, atmospheric thriller, its Gothic overtones commanding attention from the very first page, and the feathery motifs of the birds - crows, jackdaws, magpies - who fly through its pages growing more menacing with every turn DAILY MAIL The Taxidermist's Daughter is a jeu d'esprit in which ghosts and ghoulish patriarchal secrets, estranged female psyches and tumultuous bird-life coexist in a compulsively readable yarn with elements of folklore and beast fable ... Mosse's prose is often exceptionally lyrical in its description of the natural world THE GUARDIAN Difficult to put down ... thrilling, mysterious THE BOOK CLUB BLOG From the first page, The Taxidermist's Daughter will have you looking over your shoulder, as Mosse draws you into her gothic, chilling world -- Stacey Bartlett THE SUN - FABULOUS MAGAZINE Fans of Mosse will not be disappointed - her ability to draw you in and keep you hooked until the very end makes this novel an addictive read, and the themes of strong women living in a man's world as well as pre-forensics murder investigations are fascinating. Read, but be warned - you may be seriously spooked... -- Stacey Bartlett THE SUN - FABULOUS MAGAZINE This spooky and enthralling gothic thriller focuses on a village murder mystery. When 17 year old Constantia, who lives in her fathers decaying house (once a world famous taxidermy museum), turns detective, she soon realises she's the one under suspicion. GLAMOUR this cleverly constructed and wonderfully atmospheric mystery won't disappoint WOMAN Kate Mosse's deliciously hokey new spinetingler ... anybody seeking a good, gothic spooker to snuggle into as the nights draw in need look no further ... The Taxidermist's Daughter is her best yet DAILY TELEGRAPH Murder, haunting, superstition and fear stalk the pages of this superior gothic thriller set in the Sussex salt marshes. An unputdownable read. WOMAN & HOME This eerie thriller centres around Connie, who lives in a house containing all that's left of the once world-famous museum of taxidermy. MARIE CLAIRE a serpentine yarn about blackmail, murder and dark secrets, told with brio MAIL ON SUNDAY EVENT MAGAZINE bridged the literary-commercial divide THE OBSERVER a heady sense of atmosphere throughout THE SUNDAY TIMES Mosse weaves some difficult themes into the narrative, such as the effects of sexual violence, murder and grief, and her descriptions of the marshlands of Fishbourne - where she herself grew up - are outstanding. Her writing in these passages comes alive and, in turn, breathes life into the setting. The dangers of the marshland - the wind has teeth , and the water pulses - cleverly echo and magnify the suspenseful and precarious nature of its inhabitants
lives. THE OBSERVER

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

11th September 2014

Author

Kate Mosse

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
432 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Thriller / Suspense
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781409153757

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