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Haunting at Holkham
Haunting at Holkham | Anne Glenconner
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The thrilling new mystery from the bestselling author of Lady in Waiting and Murder on Mustique. Set during WWII in Holkham, think Downton Abbey meets Knives Out ... It's Christmas 1943 and Lady Anne Coke has returned to Holkham Hall from Scotland. But her home is now an army base, with large sections out of bounds. And 11-year-old Anne is in the care of a new governess, whom she hates and believes to be hiding something. At least her beloved grandfather is there with her, to share stories and keep her entertained. But even though she's been told to stay away from certain parts of the house, Anne knows secrets about the hall that others do not; the passageways and the cellars that allow her to move around unnoticed, watching. And when mysterious events lead to a murder and disappearance, Anne is determined to uncover the truth.
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TheEllieMo
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Should have posted this a couple of days ago but events (commonly known as getting symptoms of a bad cold, doing a test and testing positive for the ‘rona 🙄), so here‘s my slightly late December pick for #12BooksOf2021. It‘s a slow, gently paced book, not the greatest writing ever but the historic and geographic detail of an area I know well made this a really enjoyable read for me.

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Andrew65 This looks great, stacked. 13mo
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TheEllieMo
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A slow, gentle, easy read, mixing cosy crime and a ghost story. The author mines a rich seam of historical detail from her own life growing up at Holkham Hall (she is a member of the Coke family, who have owned the Holkham Estate since the early 17th Century.) Having visited the Estate many times, I loved the details of the house and village, and the story itself, though slow-burning, is engaging. Worth a read.

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TheEllieMo
Haunting at Holkham | Anne Glenconner
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My parents live near Holkham, I‘ve visited the village and it‘s impressive beach many times, and the Hall gardens a few times, so this could be an interesting read. The author is the daughter of Thomas Cole, 8th Earl of Leicester, whose family have owned the Holkham Estate since the early 1600s. So I‘m intrigued and interested to read this one.

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