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A Haunting at Holkham
A Haunting at Holkham: from the author of the bestselling memoir Lady in Waiting | Anne Glenconner
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'[A] winning, well-plotted read... the mystery's denouement at the dance makes a glamorous and dramatic conclusion' Daily Mail The thrilling new novel from the acclaimed author of Murder on Mustique and Lady in Waiting. January 1950. Lady Anne Coke, daughter of the 5th Earl of Leicester, is in Scunthorpe on a business trip when she is called home after a sudden death in the family. She returns to Holkham Hall to discover a mystery: her beloved grandfather has been found dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs with a valuable piece of jewellery in his pocket. No one can find a cause of death, and some even suspect foul play from the ghost who supposedly haunts the house. But Anne's suspicions are aroused; she grew close to her grandfather when they lived together during the war and she is determined to discover the truth. During World War II, Holkham Hall was an army base with large sections out of bounds, and 11-year-old Anne was in the care of a new governess, whom she hated and believed to be deceitful. Although she had been told to stay away from certain parts of the house, Anne used the secret passageways and the cellars to move around unnoticed. And something she saw then could unlock the mystery of her grandfather's death now ... Full of rich historical detail, this is a gripping novel of wartime secrets, intrigue and deceit.
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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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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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