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The author of the book: Victoria Holt
Edition: Chivers Audio Books
Date of issue: February 14th 2007
ISBN 13: 9780745167312
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 798 KB
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Old-fashioned, Gothic style mystery/suspense novel by the prolific Victoria Holt, written in 1969, and set in what appears to be the late Victorian era in England (there are trains but no automobiles; girls put their hair up at age 17). Caroline Verlaine, a young widow and very talented pianist who had let her own career lapse in favor of supporting her husband's, takes a job at the mysterious Stacy mansion on the Kent coast in order to quietly investigate the disappearance of her older sister. She's hired to give piano lessons to four somewhat odd young girls and to play occasional recitals.
There are lots of interesting characters living in and around the Stacy estate, and everyone seems to be keeping secrets of one sort or another. There are also a couple of potential romantic interests to enliven matters ... although not too much. Don't read this one for the romantic feelz, is what I'm saying.
I had fun trying to suss out who was the murderer (with some success) and why (with somewhat less success). It was a little far-fetched in the end, but not so much that it ruined the fun for me. I also thought The Shivering Sands made some good points about the choices we make in life and the consequences of those choices: "Two paths are opening up for you, Mrs. Verlaine. You will choose. You chose once before. Oh Mrs. Verlaine, you are not as wise as you pretend to be. Once you had a big decision to make . . . and you didn't choose your music. Were you right . . . or wrong? Only you can say because it is what you believe to be right which will be right for you."It's enjoyable reading for the retro Gothic suspense novel fans, but I wouldn't particularly recommend it if you're not a fan of the genre.
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Read information about the authorLibrarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death. She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books; the best-known, apart from Plaidy, are Victoria Holt (56 million) and Philippa Carr (3 million). Lesser known were the novels Hibbert published under her maiden name Eleanor Burford, or the pseudonyms of Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow and Ellalice Tate. Many of her readers under one penname never suspected her other identities.
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