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Midnight is a Lonely Place


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Beautifully repacked edition of this stunning novel of contemporary and historical betrayal and revenge, from the author of LADY OF HAY After a broken love affair, biographer Kate Kennedy retires to a remote cottage on the wild Essex coast to work on her new book until her landlord's daughter uncovers a Roman site nearby and long-buried passions are unleashed! In her lonely cottage, Kate is terrorized by mysterious forces. What do these ghosts want? That the truth about the violent events of long ago be exposed or remain concealed? Kate must struggle for her life against earthbound spirits and ancient curses as hate, jealousy, revenge and passion do battle across the centuries! / Stunning new package to bring Barbara Erskine to a new generation of readers / Published to coincide with the paperback edition of her new novel, THE WARRIOR'S PRINCESS / Superb fusion of contemporary themes and evocation of Roman Britain / LADY OF HAY has sold over two million copies worldwide. Recent repackaging resulted in significant uplift in sales / Competition: Kate Mosse, Diana Gabaldon

About the Author

A historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of ten bestselling novels that demonstrate her interest in both history and the supernatural, plus two collections of short stories. Lady of Hay was her first novel and has now sold over two million copies worldwide. Her books have appeared in twenty-six different languages. She divides her time between North Essex, and a cottage near Hay-on Wye.


Erskine established her credentials as a writer of romantic suspense with Lady of Hay ( LJ 6/15/87). Here she spins a tale about a young woman in a remote corner of England who is troubled by supernatural events that are evidently connected with the horrible deaths of two young lovers from Roman Britain.

'Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson.' Sunday Times 'Readers of Barbara Erskine are held in thrall' Woman's Realm 'Stephen King meeting Ruth Rendell' Frank Delaney 'Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable' The Times

A remote corner of Essex, England, becomes the site for some bone-chilling events in Erskine's ( Lady of Hay ) latest supernatural suspense yarn. Author Kate Kennedy, broke and homeless after splitting up with her lover, rents an isolated country cottage to write a biography of Lord Byron. Her work is interrupted, however, by a sullen teenage girl excavating an old Roman gravesite and by Kate's landlord, a temperamental artist who resents her intrusion into his cottage. These two plot to scare Kate off with tales of ghosts, but she dismisses their stories--until weird noises fill the night, gremlins invade her computer and a vandal raids her dwelling. Soon the true culprits are revealed, as the ghosts of Marcus Severus Secundus and his wife Claudia come to life. Marcus is determined to safeguard a centuries-old secret at the gravesite, while Claudia is equally set on exposing her husband's evil deed. The ensuing spectral possession and the ghosts' struggle for supremacy will keep readers on the edge of their seats, though frequent changes in point-of-view may prove confusing. Sadly, the novel's ending is somewhat of a letdown. Readers would probably prefer a rip-roaring confrontation between good and evil over Erskine's reliance on a time-worn climactic cliche. (July)

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