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A House of Ghosts: The perfect ghostly golden age mystery by [W. C. Ryan]
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Finalist for the NBA Irish Book Awards Crime Fiction Book of the Year
"A ripping yarn . . . Agatha Christie fans will have fun. "--Publishers Weekly

"Ryan pulls out all the stops. . . . There'll be séances, unmaskings, things that go bump in the night, voices from beyond the grave, and revelations of several different characters' unsuspectedly dark connections to the Great War. Throughout the alarums and excursions, the low-maintenance heroine maintains a composure that should serve her well in the promised series."--Kirkus Reviews

"A promising mix of supernatural and historical thriller."--Booklist

"A genre-blending fusion of old-school 'big house' mystery, romantic suspense, and spine-tingler. There's plenty of conventionally spooky fun to be had--secret passages, apparitions and the like--but what gives this book real atmosphere isn't so much the jump scares as the well-rendered pathos of a country struggling to come to terms with the loss of a generation."--Guardian

"A delightfully old-school Agatha Christie-style mystery with a supernatural element . . . Wonderfully written and a jolly good read."--Sunday Independent

"An enjoyable ghostly whodunnit."--The Times

"An intelligent, absorbing, exquisitely spooky mystery."--Irish Times

"An atmospheric, hugely entertaining mystery that offers all the pleasures of a classic ghost story - with an appealing dash of romance. William Ryan is a wonderful storyteller and A House of Ghosts will keep you up reading (and shivering) deep into the night."--Antonia Hodgson, winner of the CWA Historical Dagger Award

"A thoroughly enjoyable novel that seemed to combine all my favourite things--history, crime, entertainingly spiky romance and an eerily evocative setting. An absolute treat."--Elly Griffiths, winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award

"A splendid tale of wartime skulduggery, featuring both kinds of spooks--perfect fireside reading." --Mick Herron, winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award

"If you are feeling brave, A House of Ghosts is one to read by candlelight with a large gin and tonic on standby. Almost unbearably creepy and beautifully written, the claustrophobic atmosphere will have you running into open fields as soon as dawn breaks. Bravo!"--Liz Nugent, author of Lying in Wait

"W. C. Ryan makes the familiar World War I country-house setting feel immediate, with a tough but principled hero and a rogue's gallery of villains of all classes and kinds. Hugely enjoyable, A House of Ghosts has the bones of a taut thriller wrapped up in the gorgeous romance of its ghostly island setting."--Jane Casey, winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award

"A truly creepy and ingenious ghost story and murder mystery with an irresistible setting. From the first page you know you are in the hands of an excellent writer."--Ragnar Jonasson, author of the Dark Iceland Series

"Taut and poetic pose, engaging protagonists, a page-turning plot and an evocative setting--making for another atmospheric and thrilling read . . . A spooky romantic read that will appeal to fans of historical fiction, crime, ghost and spy novels alike."--The Lady

"Spooks, spies, seances, things that go bump in the night - A House of Ghosts has it all. A tremendously enjoyable, ingeniously-plotted take on the haunted house mystery. Best read before dark!"-- Tammy Cohen, author of Dying for Christmas

"Shiver inducing beautifully written and immersive story--think Agatha Christie meets M. R. James but done in Mr. Ryan's own indomitable style."--Liz Loves Books

"An elegantly constructed take on a historical spy novel, one that has just the right touch of the gothic."--Shots Mag

"A new twist to an old tale ... I hope that we will get to see what happens in their next adventure--the ending left some room for a sequel, which I would very happily read!"--A Storm of Pages

"A stunning novel, a thoroughly absorbing read that combines a chilling ghost story . . . As the evenings draw in, A House of Ghosts is the perfect read. It's so easy to lose yourself in it. It's beautifully written . . . impossible to put down."--For Winter Nights

"A captivating read . . . classic crime that lovers of Christie will lap up."--My Weekly

"A multi-layered, gothic masterpiece . . . entertaining, thought-provoking and utterly captivating."--Lancashire Evening Post

"A classic murder mystery set in a haunted house--this stylish tale will be a perfect read for this winter."--Sunday People

"Beautifully written and ingenious period piece combines history, crime and an entertainingly spiky romance, all in an eerily evocative setting. Spooks, spies, seances, things that go bump in the night--Ryan has it all in this tremendously enjoyable take on the haunted house mystery."--Crime Review

"A gripping mystery with a classic feel."--Crime Readers' Association --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

W. C. Ryan is a renowned author who specializes in historical crime. His book The Holy Thief was shortlisted for a Crime Writer's Association's New Blood Dagger as well as a Barry Award. He currently teaches creative writing at City University in London.

Esther Wane is a British actor and voiceover artist who, after a career in finance, fulfilled her childhood dream of attending drama school in London. She has narrated audiobooks in many genres, including politics, romantic fiction, and children's literature. When not doing voiceover work or acting, she can be found browsing bookshops. She currently resides with her family and her collection of books in Hertfordshire, London. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

Product details

  • File Size : 806 KB
  • Print Length : 296 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Zaffre (4 October 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 259 ratings
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