An Inquiry Into Love and Death

An Inquiry Into Love and Death

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"In 1920's England, a young woman searches for the truth behind her uncle's mysterious death in a town haunted by a restless ghost. Oxford student Jillian Leigh works day and night to keep up with her studies--so to leave at the beginning of the term is next to impossible. But after her uncle Toby, a renowned ghost hunter, is killed in a fall off a cliff, she must drive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings. Almost immediately, unsettling incidents--a book left in a cold stove, a gate swinging open on its own--escalate into terrifying events that convince Jillian an angry spirit is trying to enter the house. Is it Walking John, the two-hundred-year-old ghost who haunts Blood Moon Bay? And who beside the ghost is roaming the local woods at night? If Toby uncovered something sinister, was his death no accident? The arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken, a former RAF pilot with mysteries of his own, leaves Jillian with more questions than answers--and with the added complication of a powerful, mutual attraction. Even as she suspects someone will do anything to hide the truth, she begins to discover spine-chilling secrets that lie deep within Rothewell--and at the very heart of who she is."-- P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, c2013.
ISBN: 9780451239259
Characteristics: 355 p. ;,21 cm.


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Jan 01, 2018


I've always wanted a book that I can go back to repeatedly without it losing its charm.

This is that book for me. I can never tire of this story and its characters.

Aug 09, 2017

Well written tale that evokes a place and time in rural England. A mix of ghost story and murder mystery that kept my interest right up until near the end when I thought the plot-line sort of fell in upon itself. Not as good as The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which stuck more to the haunting plot. (Could have benefited from a map of the area.)

Jan 06, 2015

When young, modern and independent Jillian Lee is notified that her uncle Toby has died, her parent inexplicably decide to stay in Paris and let her handle the arrangements. Uncle Toby was a ghost hunter and so all is dark, gothic and weird. Was Toby murdered? What about the local ghost "walking John"? And what about that attractive, smoldering Scotland yard officer? A fun, old fashioned gothic romance in the tradition of Victoria Holt.

Amie Apr 30, 2014

WW1 is just over, and some of the unseen and unknown consequences unravel in an English village by the sea. Ghosts involved!

Apr 14, 2014

An interesting story with quirky people. I'll read more of her books.

Jul 06, 2013

interesting story

Fictionfan1992 May 20, 2013

Excellent! A gripping mystery, with a ghost story mixed in.

ehbooklover Apr 25, 2013

An atmospheric Gothic ghost story with a hint of romance and mystery in a historical setting. The perfect book to read on a dark and stormy night!

wplstaffpicks Apr 08, 2013

An Inquiry into Love and Death is Simone St. James’ second book, and just like The Haunting of Maddy Clare the author delivers an atmospheric exploration into the supernatural. Combining the drama and setting reminiscent of Downton Abbey, readers are immersed into a well-written historical novel. What’s great about this novel is that St. James’ combines an intriguing mystery with a dash of romance. The atmospheric style of the novel in no way hampers the character driven nature of the novel, but rather evokes the melancholic feeling that many were sure to be feeling in the post-war era. So whether you’re a mystery, historical, or romance fan, this one is sure to appeal.


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wplstaffpicks Apr 08, 2013

Set in post-WWI, college student Jillian Leigh has just learned that her estranged Uncle Toby has died; her parents are in Paris, leaving Jillian to identify the body and arrange his effects. Despite her misgivings, Jillian travels to the small seaside town of Rothewell, where her uncle was in engaged in paranormal research into the mysterious appearance of the local ghost, Walking John. Jillian learns are too quickly that there is something to Toby’s ghost hunting occupation and there may be more to Toby’s death than his apparent accident. Joining forces with the young and handsome RAF pilot turned Scotland Yard Detective, Drew Merriken, the pair investigate Toby’s death and the possible supernatural cause behind it.

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