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The Revenant of Thraxton Hall 
Vaughn Entwistle
Minotaur Books
978 1250035004

     Arthur Conan Doyle just killed off his famous literary detective, Sherlock Holmes, but that’s just the beginning of his adventures. A mysterious, beautiful young woman who claims to be a medium tells him she is going to be murdered in two weeks, and asks him to solve her murder.
     Mr. Conan Doyle doesn’t know what to believe, but he cannot ignore Lady Hope Thraxton’s plea for help. He takes his flamboyant friend, playwright Oscar Wilde, with him to the meeting of the Psychical Research Society at Thraxton Hall, a gloomy place filled with ghosts, both psychological and physical, and possible murderers. Will the author and his playwright partner be able to prevent the young woman’s murder in time?
     The Revenant of Thraxton Hall is a delightful novel. It seethes with authentic Gothic atmosphere. Entwistle skillfully integrates real life characters into his fictional landscape, immersing the reader in the Victorian setting. Wilde steals the show with his wit and larger than life personality, but Conan Doyle is endearing and convincing as the lead amateur detective. His emotional angst adds to the pathos of the novel, and the sinister feel of the house is like another character. Highly recommended to Victoriana enthusiasts.
Danielle Hill



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