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This story provided a lot of chills and suspense, and I thought was very well done. I loved the narration of Rosalyn Landor, although her voices for the men could have been better.
Jillian Leigh, 22 years old and studying at Oxford, is called away to deal with the death of her uncle in a small town near Devonshire. Although reluctant, she has no choice but to take care of identifying his body and disposing of his belongings, as her parents are in Paris and unable, or unwilling, to do it.
When she arrives in the village of Rothewell, the coroner has already ruled her uncle's death an accident. He apparently fell off a cliff, but there really was no investigation into the death. As she gets to know his landlady and other town folks, she becomes more convinced that perhaps it wasn't an accident. Coincidentally, a Scotland Yard Inspector is also in town investigating, and when they meet, they work together to figure it out. There is some mild romance/sex between them, which wasn't really necessary for the story, but also wasn't overwhelming.
This story is set in post WWI England (1920's) and provides a vivid description of the countryside and town setting for that period.
Incorrect usage of terms at times was not enough to disrupt, and didn't bother me at all. I would recommend this one for a cold winter night, snuggled in bed with the lights on.
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Haunted seaside village, creepy townsfolk, ghost hunter's mysterious death, handsome Scotland Yard inspector, feisty Oxford woman...we all know where this is going.
Stereotypical, but don't dismiss this as just another mystery/romance - those clichés happen to be the right ingredients for an eerie and entertaining read that is what it claims to be - a ghost story. James doesn't tease the listener with banging shutters and rattling chains, she delivers, but not all the ghosts are spectral. The ghost of Walking John isn't the only demon haunting the townsfolk of Rothewell since the end of WWI. There was some unevenness in the story, some obvious mispronunciations and confusing characterizations by the narrator, but I didn't feel compelled to pull out my red pencil. Not my usual genre, but I enjoyed this; it is immediately engaging with a lively pace that kept me at it clue by clue, right to the spooky conclusion and, well, I can't give up all the secrets.
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