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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Ltd (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848584547
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848584549
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ethel Lina White was born in the spring of 1876 in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales. She grew up with five sisters and five brothers. It was much to delight her lively imagination. She wrote three novels before her first mystery, the genre that she excelled in. Indeed, Some Must Watch was made in to the movie, the Spiral Staircase three times. Two of her other books were made in to thrillers. Alfred Hitchcock used "the Wheel Spins" for his movie "the Lady Vanishes" and John Houseman used her" They see in Darkness" for his movie, "the Unseen". Ms. White passed away in the summer of 1944 in Chiswick, near Kew Gardens, London. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Sellers on 18 Sept. 2012
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The first page of this cracking thriller was enough to hook me: a wild and windy walk through unfamiliar countryside while darkness falls ...

The characterisation is first class: we genuinely believe in this ghastly cast of folk living in a claustrophobic and sinister house. And the twist is satisfying when it comes.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 May 2012
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Ethel Lina White isn't necessarily a name that you may know, her literary output in her lifetime was pretty modest, compared with some of her peers. Nowadays it seems more and more difficult to get hold of her works, so it is is good that this is now more widely available. Although you may not have heard of her, you will surely recognise two films that were made out of her novels, 'The Wheel Spins' became Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes [DVD], and this novel was the basis for The Spiral Staircase [DVD] [1945]. The film was based and inspired by this book, but there are differences, the major one being that in this, Helen Capel isn't a mute. I will not tell you whether the murderer is the same, you will just have to read the book to find out.

Nineteen year old Helen Capel has got a job in the Warren family household, which is somewhere on the English/ Welsh border. The house is pretty isolated, there are other houses within a few miles, but the nearest village is twelve miles away. Recently there has been a spate of murders, all the victims being young women who work. The murders are gradually coming closer to the Warren house. With a new nurse being installed, on a very stormy night, the house is left in isolation, and as people leave, others are drugged, there seems to be only the nurse, the old invalid, Lady Warren, and Helen awake.

Murder is in the air, and Helen the obvious victim, but can it be prevented? This story takes in the dynamics of a group, the tensions and teasing that goes on and you find yourself becoming fully immersed in the tale, even more so than the film. If you are into the 'Golden Age' of crime, then you should really read this book - it is well worth it.
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I loved this. I was drawn in completely from the very first page as Helen walked home to her isolated cottage and started thinking about recent murders in the area. She is inquisitive with a vivid imagination, and the book follows the events of the rest of that night, and the different residents of the house, through Helen’s eyes. Is there a murderer on the loose, and if so is it inside or outside the house, or is all just imagination?

This is a country house tale with great suspense that will grip you and has a lovely affection and humour for its characters. I couldn’t put it down.

Excellent and thoroughly recommend.
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By Jean Neal on 15 Sept. 2014
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Amusing book, a bit lightweight and a bit over the top, but quite enjoyable. I feel the same about all his books, but I shall continue to buy them.
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By Sue Porch on 9 Aug. 2014
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great read thanks Sue
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