An Inquiry Into Love and Death by Simone St. James

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There are romance elements to this story and while I wished for something strong in terms of the romance it was enough to keep me entertained...There are layers to the story. The ghost layer, the secret of the townspeople, her personal layer, the Scotland Yard layer...Read it for the atmosphere and the mystery and not the romance.
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In 1920's England, a young woman searches for the truth behind her uncle’s mysterious death in a town haunted by a restless ghost…

Oxford student Jillian Leigh works day and night to keep up with her studies—so to leave at the beginning of the term is next to impossible. But after her uncle Toby, a renowned ghost hunter, is killed in a fall off a cliff, she must drive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings.

Almost immediately, unsettling incidents—a book left in a cold stove, a gate swinging open on its own—escalate into terrifying events that convince Jillian an angry spirit is trying to enter the house. Is it Walking John, the two-hundred-year-old ghost who haunts Blood Moon Bay? And who beside the ghost is roaming the local woods at night? If Toby uncovered something sinister, was his death no accident?

The arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken, a former RAF pilot with mysteries of his own, leaves Jillian with more questions than answers—and with the added complication of a powerful, mutual attraction. Even as she suspects someone will do anything to hide the truth, she begins to discover spine-chilling secrets that lie deep within Rothewell…and at the very heart of who she is.  
 

About Simone St. James

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Simone St. James is the author of the debut novel The Haunting of Maddy Clare.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by NAL. 368 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Dear Author

Above average
Reviewed by Jane on Mar 04 2013

There are romance elements to this story and while I wished for something strong in terms of the romance it was enough to keep me entertained...There are layers to the story. The ghost layer, the secret of the townspeople, her personal layer, the Scotland Yard layer...Read it for the atmosphere and the mystery and not the romance.

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Good
Reviewed by Sarah Weinman on Jul 26 2013

St. James juggles these myriad plot elements with cool aplomb, while raising the temperature of Jillian and Drew’s relationship with every encounter. The atmosphere darkens and thickens with each page...

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