Saturday, July 27, 2019

The Ghost of Hollow House

The Ghost of Hollow House is the fourth mystery in the series featuring Victorian paranormal realist/investigator Mina Scarletti. Released 24th May 2019 by Sapere, it's 324 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. Although this is part of a series, it worked perfectly well as a standalone.

Author Linda Stratmann is prolific and adept at characterization and narrative description. She has several series including this one, set in the Victorian period.The dialogue is very well done and very much in period character. Whether the mysterious elements are actually real or imagined is not clearly explained throughout much of the book and it added a lot of atmosphere and tension. Definitely a nice touch. She also uses the 'story within a story' element here to good effect.

The language is clean and there's not much gore or violence (there's a gory throat slashing murder in the 'story in a story' at the end, but it's not too graphic).

All in all, a recommended read for fans of the period, who enjoy strong female lead characters. This one could make a good book club selection because there are a number of interesting literary devices which make this book stand out.

Worth noting for Kindle Unlimited subscribers, this book (and the others in this series) are included in the KU subscription.

Four stars. Very well written and enjoyable.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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