Wilke Collins was the author of two of the greatest mysteries ever written, The Moonstone and The Woman in White. However, like Poe before him and Conan Doyle after, he shifted easily from rational domains to the 'superrational'. Like them, he often preferred to indulge his occult predilection, a lifelong indulgence. His last lucid effort in this area (before ill health and opium drained his powers) was this short novel, written in 1878. In it, he artfully combines elements of both the detective story and the supernatural.More
A master of Victorian-era mystery, Wilkie Collins’ spine-chilling story The Haunted Hotel involves a possible murder in a decaying Venetian palace.
Years after Lord Montbarry dies under suspicious circumstances, his home is turned into a hotel. His family stays there on a visit and all experience vivid dreams featuring a disembodied head. Their visit also coincides with the return of Montbarry’s wife, who writes a play that reveals the true fate of her deceased husband.
Walter Covell adopts an erudite British accent that suits Wilkie’s 19th-century diction and subtly imbues tension and growing panic in the voices of the characters he plays.
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