A house of ghosts : a mystery / W. C. Ryan.

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    • Publication Information:
      First North American edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives. At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, armaments manufacturer Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons, both of whom died at the front. Among the guests, two have been secretly dispatched from the intelligence service: Kate Cartwright, a friend of the family who lost her beloved brother at the Somme and who, in the realm of the spiritual, has her own special gift; and the mysterious Captain Donovan, recently returned from Europe. Top secret plans for weapons developed by Lord Highmount's company have turned up in Berlin, and there is reason to believe enemy spies will be in attendance. As the guests arrive, it becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends, they find themselves trapped on the island. Soon one of their number will die. For Blackwater Abbey is haunted in more ways than one.
    • Notes:
      "An Arcade CrimeWise book"--Title page.
      "First published in Great Britain by Zaffre, an imprint of Bonnier Books UK"--Title page verso.
    • ISBN:
      9781948924719
      1948924714
    • Accession Number:
      2019020783
    • Accession Number:
      on1099539520
      1099539520
    • Accession Number:
      fay.668298
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    • ABNT:
      RYAN, W. A house of ghosts : a mystery. [s.l.] : Arcade/CrimeWise, 2019. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 18 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Ryan W. A House of Ghosts : A Mystery. Arcade/CrimeWise; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.668298. Accessed November 18, 2019.
    • APA:
      Ryan, W. (2019). A house of ghosts : a mystery. Arcade/CrimeWise. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.668298
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Ryan, William. 2019. A House of Ghosts : A Mystery. Arcade/CrimeWise. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.668298.
    • Harvard:
      Ryan, W. (2019) A house of ghosts : a mystery. Arcade/CrimeWise. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.668298 (Accessed: 18 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Ryan, W 2019, A house of ghosts : a mystery, Arcade/CrimeWise, viewed 18 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Ryan, William. A House of Ghosts : A Mystery. Arcade/CrimeWise, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.668298.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Ryan, William. A House of Ghosts : A Mystery. Arcade/CrimeWise, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.668298.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Ryan W. A house of ghosts : a mystery [Internet]. Arcade/CrimeWise; 2019 [cited 2019 Nov 18]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.668298

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 September #1

After a trio of well-received WWII crime novels featuring Russian Captain Alexei Korolev, Ryan goes back to WWI in a mystery that combines espionage and treason with spiritualism and ghosts. In 1917, Secret Intelligence Service staffers Kate Cartwright and Robert Donovan are dispatched, along with Kate's former fiancé, Captain Rolleston Miller-White, to Blackwater Abbey, the country home of armaments manufacturer Lord Francis Highmount on an island off the Devon coast, where their assignment is to attend séances during the winter solstice. Mediums Madam Feda and Count Orlov are in attendance, along with friends and family, to try to contact soldiers recently killed, including the Highmounts' two sons and Kate's brother, Arthur. Kate, who happens to possess the ability to see ghosts, and Donovan are on the lookout for spies among those gathered, since plans for secret weapons developed by Lord Highmount's company have recently turned up in Berlin. After a violent climax in the ghostly country home, there are hints of adventure ahead, with a frisson of romance, for Kate and Donovan. A promising mix of supernatural and historical thriller. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 October

In 1917, British armaments manufacturer Lord Highmount has lost two of his sons in World War I. He invites a number of people, including two mediums, to a gathering at Blackwater Abbey on an isolated island off the coast of Devon. He hopes to contact the ghosts of his sons. Kate Cartwright, a young woman with her own inherited ability to see ghosts, along with the mysterious Capt. Robert Donovan, attend the party at the request of the Secret Intelligence Service. The SIS suspects that a spy who stole munitions plans will be there. High seas and a dangerous storm trap everyone on the island, but it's not a ghost that cuts the telephone line or wrecks the abbey ferry. The unconventional historical mystery combines spies, ghosts, and wartime in a riveting Agatha Christie-type story that tells of the tragedy of a lost generation. VERDICT Already published in the UK, this haunting story was a finalist for the NBA Irish Book Awards Crime Fiction Book of the Year. Readers willing to accept the existence of ghosts will appreciate the atmospheric mystery, which seems designed for fans of Charles Todd's "Ian Rutledge" books.—Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 August #1

During the winter of 1917, at the height of WWI, various people with hidden agendas travel at the invitation of munitions tycoon Lord Highmount to Blackwater, an island off the English coast, in this lively traditional mystery from Irish author Ryan (The Holy Thief). At Blackwater Abbey, Lady Highmount hosts a séance that she hopes will allow her to speak with her two soldier sons who perished on the western front. The Highmounts' guests include a man who calls himself Capt. Robert Donovan, spunky socialite Kate Cartwright, Kate's parents, Kate's slimy ex-fiancé, Count Orlov (a medium), Madam Feda (another medium), and a shell-shocked soldier, whose doctor insists that he hovers on the border of the spirit world. Also present are the spirits of the dead that Kate, a natural though unwilling medium, sees swarming throughout the house. Heightening the suspense is a mysterious stranger, who lurks in the secret passages that honeycomb the house. After a storm isolates the place and violence breaks out, a ripping yarn ensues. The tale exudes a whiff of fusty melodrama in places, but this is a quibble. Agatha Christie fans will have fun. (Oct.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.