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An Inquiry Into Love and Death (utgåvan 2013)

av Simone St. James (Författare)

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"In 1920's England, a young woman searches for the truth behind her uncle's mysterious death in a town haunted by a restless ghost. Oxford student Jillian Leigh works day and night to keep up with her studies--so to leave at the beginning of the term is next to impossible. But after her uncle Toby, a renowned ghost hunter, is killed in a fall off a cliff, she must drive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings. Almost immediately, unsettling incidents--a book left in a cold stove, a gate swinging open on its own--escalate into terrifying events that convince Jillian an angry spirit is trying to enter the house. Is it Walking John, the two-hundred-year-old ghost who haunts Blood Moon Bay? And who beside the ghost is roaming the local woods at night? If Toby uncovered something sinister, was his death no accident? The arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken, a former RAF pilot with mysteries of his own, leaves Jillian with more questions than answers--and with the added complication of a powerful, mutual attraction. Even as she suspects someone will do anything to hide the truth, she begins to discover spine-chilling secrets that lie deep within Rothewell--and at the very heart of who she is."-- P. [4] of cover.… (mer)
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Titel:An Inquiry Into Love and Death
Författare:Simone St. James (Författare)
Info:Berkley (2013), 368 pages
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It’s the Twenties, the War is over but the wounded and scarred remain. Jillian Leigh is called away from Oxford by the death of her Uncle Toby in Rothewell, a small village with more than its share of ghosts. Walking John is.the most famous but there are a lot more. Throw in traitors, German spies, a switch at birth, and Scotland Yard and you have a nice mystery. Not as spooky as some of her others but still good. ( )
  bgknighton | Jul 24, 2021 |
Simone St. James does what I wish I did better as a writer--she quickly sets a mood and a sense of place, time, character and story that challenges one to put down the book and get on with everyday life. I can't believe I'm hooked on this combo of ghost/mystery/romance/historical fiction and yet here I am, already reading her next book. This book weaves a sympathetic tale of the ghosts and champions the cause of a smart, under-rated, not-quite-by-the-book heroine. The setting is post-WWI England. And while I'm not really into hunky guys, there is one and you can't help but root for the romance to bloom. There's definitely a formula at work but St. James adds a level of depth that keeps it satisfying. What's not to like about all of this? ( )
1 rösta jjpseattle | Aug 2, 2020 |
When Jillian Leigh’s Uncle Toby dies from a broken neck after falling from a cliff, she is asked by her parents to go and collect his belongings and sort things out. She goes to the seaside village of Rothewell, where he was living. Toby was always a bit eccentric. He was also a ghost hunter. While staying at his home (Barrow House) Jillian hears strange noises in the night. Sees strange things. Jillian is starting to believe that there is a ghost living at Barrow House, or in the nearby woods. Eventually handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken arrives. He wants to know if Toby’s death was accidental, or was it murder? Jillian insists that she has encountered a ghost. And then there is the legend of the ghost of Walking John…

I have really enjoyed the books I have read by this author (“The Haunting of Maddy Clare” and “The Other Side of Midnight”). But this book didn’t seem to grab my attention as much as those books did. I didn't care for the romance between Jillian and Drew, it slowed things down a bit, and they didn't seem to have much chemistry. I wanted to get back to the mystery. I was curious to see how Toby’s death was resolved, and I found Toby’s ghost hunter story interesting. I also really enjoyed the exciting conclusion (with Walking John). ( )
  SandraLynne | Mar 28, 2020 |
While I enjoyed the mystery and, surprisingly, even the ghost story portion of the book, I wasn't impressed with the author's need to add romance to the story. The addition of the sex scenes led me to give the book a 3 star instead of the 4 star that I would have loved to have given it. It seemed to be a little forced and was added in the most ridiculous places. For instance, who feels the need to suck face right after being scared half to death by a ghost? Not me. I have absolutely nothing against romance stories, having read quite a few, but I when I want hot, sexy love scenes I will read a romance novel, not a mystery. ( )
  BookishHooker | Dec 16, 2019 |
An Inquiry Into Love and Death - St. James
Audio performance by Rosalyn Landor
4 stars

When Jillian Leigh’s uncle dies she inherits his ghost hunting equipment. It’s 1924, and she must leave her Oxford University studies to identify his body. And, his murderer.

This was a really good ghost story. It had a skin crawling, creepy, gothic atmosphere that was actually believable. The instant sexual attraction/love story was less believable, but who can complain if the intelligent female protagonist has an appropriately handsome Scotland Yard detective to provide comfort and protection? The independent Jillian Leigh also rescues herself from a murder attempt while assembling clues to banish the ghost and solve the crime.

This is the second book that I’ve read by this author. When I read The Haunting of Maddy Clare, I thought the historical setting was only window dressing to the ghost story. The post WW1 setting is more important to this plot. All of the male characters are suffering from some form of ‘battle fatigue’. The persistent presence of a 200-year-old, vindictive ghost is overlaid with the destructive consequences of the first war, and the prospect of another war.

I enjoyed this book far more that the first one by this author. The excellent audio performance may have a lot to do with that. It’s hard to do better than Rosalyn Landor. ( )
  msjudy | Apr 2, 2019 |
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Bark, MimiOmslagsformgivaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Jenkins, RichardOmslagmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Knight, PaulOmslagmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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My uncle Toby died of a broken neck in the autumn of 1924, just as I was starting the Michaelmas term at Oxford.
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"Why, how very modern!" Mrs. Kates exclaimed. "We don't get much of that here. Are your parents ill, perhaps?"
It was well-meant, but both Mr. Hindhead and Edward Bruton had already commented on my single status. I was beginning to feel like a two-headed cow or a bearded lady.
"It makes no sense. Who would want to lie about a centuries-old ghost?"
"That's an excellent question. Now you're thinking like Scotland Yard."
From there I was at the bottom of a gently sloped bowl of woodland, dense and dark green, rising up to my left and before me. To my right, the lip of the bowl sloped off, as if the potter had ruined it on the wheel, and the great line of land continued down the coast, beautiful and tangled.
I brushed the stinging water from my eyes in the wind. Was the bay not the ideal place for something outside the law?
Seabirds flew in lazy turns overhead, their cries echoing off the cliffs. Far out to sea, another tiny boat inched by, intent on its own business. The sun climbed in the sky, indifferent to another day on Blood Moon Bay. The cliffs looked down, unspeaking.
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"In 1920's England, a young woman searches for the truth behind her uncle's mysterious death in a town haunted by a restless ghost. Oxford student Jillian Leigh works day and night to keep up with her studies--so to leave at the beginning of the term is next to impossible. But after her uncle Toby, a renowned ghost hunter, is killed in a fall off a cliff, she must drive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings. Almost immediately, unsettling incidents--a book left in a cold stove, a gate swinging open on its own--escalate into terrifying events that convince Jillian an angry spirit is trying to enter the house. Is it Walking John, the two-hundred-year-old ghost who haunts Blood Moon Bay? And who beside the ghost is roaming the local woods at night? If Toby uncovered something sinister, was his death no accident? The arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken, a former RAF pilot with mysteries of his own, leaves Jillian with more questions than answers--and with the added complication of a powerful, mutual attraction. Even as she suspects someone will do anything to hide the truth, she begins to discover spine-chilling secrets that lie deep within Rothewell--and at the very heart of who she is."-- P. [4] of cover.

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