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A Cambridge Conundrum,
This review is from: The Anatomy of Ghosts (Paperback)
I see from some other reviews a few readers believed this to be a ghost story. I can see why. The title, the spectral figure on the front and a clip from a review printed on the back cover describing it as 'creepy' would also have convinced me had my wife not read it first and told me is wasn't. It isn't, in case there remains any doubt!
What it is, is a little bundle of mysteries set in an 18 century Cambridge university college. A couple of deaths, a haunting, a case of madness, some low down caddish behaviour, local politics and more sexual tension than could be found at a teenage house party. The job of unravelling it all falls to the grim and bereaving figure of Mr Hollingsworth. A widower and book expert engaged by a lady of quality to save her son from madness.
Well that's enough of the plot to get your juices going whilst hopefully giving nothing away.
Was it any good? Yes it was! It was a little monopaced but was nevertheless very hard to put down. The mystery elements were just that and kept my guessing till the last few pages. The villians were nicely loathable and the individual player's all fully formed and believable. It's essentially a historical 'who dunnit' very much in vogue now and this captures the historical atmosphere as well as providing a satisfying set of mysteries.
A good book well worth a read.