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The Red Lamp

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781471920653

Price: £7.99

ON SALE: 5th August 2021

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

A haunted seaside mansion – a series of suspicious deaths…

Perfect gothic crime fiction for fans of Shirley Jackson


‘Showcases her extraordinary gift for sustaining high levels of tension … reminiscent of Shirley Jackson … and she excels at the tantalising tease’ Publishers Weekly

William Porter has just inherited a seaside manor. As an academic, he doesn’t believe the rumours that it is haunted – nor is he suspicious of the circumstances behind the inheritance – after all, lots of people die suddenly from heart attacks, and his uncle Horace was just unlucky.

His wife, however, refuses to live in the main house and will only move into the lodge elsewhere on the grounds. And she may be right: soon after they arrive, Porter sees a shadowy figure illuminated by the red glow of Horace’s writing lamp, the very light that shone on the scene of his death.

Even Porter’s scepticism is tested to the limit when a rash of murders occurs across the countryside. And if Porter isn’t very careful, he risks implicating himself in the crimes he hopes to solve.

Reviews

Showcases her extraordinary gift for sustaining high levels of tension ... Rinehart's prose is reminiscent of Shirley Jackson ... and she excels at the tantalising tease
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Anyone who aspires to become a writer could not do better than to study carefully the methods of Mary Roberts Rinehart
NEW YORK TIMES
Fans of eerie whodunits with a supernatural tinge will relish this reissue
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY starred review
Queen of the mystery novel
crimereads.com
A true mistress of the mystery
Charlotte Macleod
A literary celebrity with few rivals ... she wrote more bestselling novels ... over a longer period than almost any other American writer, had two hits plays running simultaneously on Broadway, and, acting as a war correspondent, was the first journalist - man or woman - to reach the front during World War I
WASHINGTON POST
There are a few masters in the field of crime who never stale, and Mary Roberts Rinehart is one of the select group
KIRKUS