An Inquiry Into Love and Death

An Inquiry Into Love and Death

Audiobook CD - 2013
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After her ghost-hunting uncle Toby dies, Oxford student Jillian must drive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings. Almost immediately, terrifying events convince Jillian that an angry spirit is trying to enter the house. Is it Walking John, the two-hundred-year-old ghost that haunts the bay? And who besides the ghost is roaming the local woods at night? If Toby uncovered something sinister, was his death really an accident? The arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken leaves Jillian with more questions than answers--and the added complication of a powerful mutual attraction.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, c2013.
ISBN: 9781470842819
Branch Call Number: BOOKCD FICTION STJ
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (10.5 hrs.)
Additional Contributors: Landor, Rosalyn

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Mar 22, 2015

The book was an absolutely amazing paranormal murder mystery that was consistently solid with its progress and twists without a moment of boredom. Jillian was a wonderful character to read against a detailed setting of Rothewell and its inhabitants for our murder mystery and the story of Walking Jon.

Cdnbookworm May 13, 2014

This novel is set in 1924. Jillian Leigh is 22, a student at Oxford, when she is informed of her uncle Toby's death in Rothewell, a small coastal village in Dorsetshire. Jillian's parents are in Paris, and they've asked her to go sort our her uncle's belongings.
But the job is much bigger than that as it turns out. First, Jillian has to identify her uncle's body, and then the village offers some unusual challenges. Toby was a ghost hunter, wandering the countryside, investigating the appearances of ghosts and trying to figure out how to set them to rest. The ghost of renown in Rothewell is Walking John, and he has haunted the forest and the bay for decades. Jillian's first night in Barrow House, where her uncle had stayed, brings her clawings on her bedroom window and a deep sense of unease. As she finds objects left for her discovery, and the ghost grows more insistent, she also finds her uncle's journal. Here she learns that he might have found more than ghosts in Rothewell, and begins to believe his death may not have been an accident after all.
When Scotland Yard detective Drew Merriken appears on her doorstep, things grow more complicated. The mutual attraction between Jillian and Drew adds another layer to this story. The sense of village life is strong here, and Jillian finds that she may have personal ties to Rothewell that throw her whole sense of herself off kilter.
This is a page-turner, with an interesting twist or two. I can see why it was shortlisted for the OLA Evergreen Award for 2014. The narrator does an excellent job of immersing you in the place and time of this novel.

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