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The Strange Fate Of Kitty Easton


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* The perfect story - a deep, absorbing, old-fashioned, moving mystery, from the author of the bestselling The Return of Captain John Emmett.

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Elizabeth Speller studied Classics at university. She is a prize-winning poet and has written three non-fiction books, including her memoir Sunlight in the Garden (Granta) and her debut novel, The Return of Captain John Emmett.


Set in 1924, Speller's intriguing second mystery to feature WWI veteran Laurence Bartram (after 2011's The Return of Captain John Emmett) takes Bartram to Wiltshire, where disabled architect William Bolitho has invited him to view a church with unusual artistic and historical features on the grounds of Easton Hall. As Bolitho designs a maze and a stained-glass window to honor the men of the village who died in the war, Bartram becomes aware of tensions among members of the Easton family that stem from the 1911 disappearance of five-year-old Kitty Easton. While Kitty's delicate mother is convinced the girl is still alive, others speculate that she was murdered. After the family's maid vanishes and Bartram stumbles across a body in the church, the question of what really happened to Kitty re-emerges. The intelligent depiction of the many wounds of war, suffered not only in the trenches but also on the home front, resonates. Agent: Georgina Capel, Capel & Land. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

This leisurely and absorbing novel is the second to be based around this sympathetic and unusual character; a series to be savoured - Guardian - Joanna Hines

Laurence Bartram, a veteran of the Great War, is called by an old army comrade, William Bolitho, to Easton Deadall, a small manor house in the west of England, to help out with architectural work. Bolitho will be installing a memorial window in the manor's church in honor of the men the Easton family and its village sacrificed in World War I. Lydia, the widowed lady of the manor, is still haunted by the disappearance of her five-year-old daughter, Kitty, 13 years earlier. As Laurence unravels the mysteries of the ancient church, he also learns more about the greater mysteries that surround the village and the Easton family's dark secrets. VERDICT Speller's follow-up to her acclaimed debut, The Return of Captain John Emmett, is a well-crafted mystery with intriguing historical details and measured pacing that creates suspense. Fans of Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series and readers who enjoy well-drawn characters in historicals will add this to their wish list.-Kristen Stewart, Brazoria Cty. Lib. Syst., Pearland, TX (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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