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A Dark-Adapted Eye
Faith Severn is attempting to solve the mystery surrounding the actions of her aunt who was hanged thirty years before. This thriller is set in Britain before and during the Second World War. If there are any faults in this novel it is the overabundance of characters, and nearly every one a suspect. ...
The Blood Doctor
Crown, Jul 2002, 25.00, 369 pp. ISBN: 1400045045 Biographer Martin Nanther researches an ancestor, his great-grandfather who earned the family its peerage. The most interesting item Martin finds is a letter written five decades after the death of his subject by a daughter. The woman claimed that her father Henry was not a good person. Following up on that intriguing memo, Martin discovers that much of Henry's life remains hidden in gray myster...
The Chimney Sweeper's Boy
Barbara Vine (aka Ruth Rendell) in "The Chimney Sweeper's Boy" introduces us to famed writer Gerald Candless, who early on in the book suffers a fatal heart attack. In the aftermath of his death, his daughter Sarah is persuaded to write his biography and as she begins to follow up research, she discovers some critical information, so critical that she begins to question whether she really knew her father at all. Sarah unearths some chilling and emoti...