The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton by Elizabeth Speller
(Laurence Bartram Mysteries)

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Some of its sections—rich with emotional nuance, physical description and detailed exposition—may irritate or bewilder readers eager for more action.
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"Leisurely and absorbing . . . a series to be savoured."—The Guardian (UK)

When Great War veteran Laurence Bartram arrives in Easton Deadall, he is struck by the beauty of the crumbling manor, venerable church, and memorial to the village’s soldiers. But despite this idyllic setting, Easton Deadall remains haunted by tragedy. In 1911, five-year-old Kitty Easton disappeared from her bed and has not been seen since.

While Lawrence is visiting, a young maid vanishes in a sinister echo of Kitty’s disappearance. And when a body is discovered in the manor’s ancient church, Laurence is drawn into the grounds’ forgotten places, where deadly secrets lie in wait.

"Speller’s follow-up to her acclaimed debut, The Return of Captain John Emmett, is a well-crafted mystery with intriguing historical details and measured pacing that creates suspense. Fans of Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series and readers who enjoy well-drawn characters in historicals will add this to their wish list."—Library Journal

 

About Elizabeth Speller

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Elizabeth Speller studied Classics at Cambridge University. She is the author of The Return of Captain John Emmett and The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton, both of which received stellar critical acclaim. She lives in England.
 
Published June 26, 2012 by Mariner Books. 421 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction
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Reviewed by Tom Nolan on Jul 07 2012

Some of its sections—rich with emotional nuance, physical description and detailed exposition—may irritate or bewilder readers eager for more action.

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