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SPELLER, ELIZABETH - The Strange Fate Of Kitty Easton

Title: The Strange Fate Of Kitty Easton
Description: Virago, UK, 2011. First Edition, Softcover. Very Good Condition. 9781844086320 416 pages. Available Now. Book Description: When former infantry officer Laurence Bartram is called to the small village of Easton Deadall, he is struck by the beauty of the place: a crumbling stately home; a centuries-old church; and a recently planted maze, a memorial to the men of the village, almost all of whom died in one heroic battle in 1916.: But it soon becomes clear to Laurence that while rest of the country is alight with hope for the first time since the end of the War, as the first Labour government takes power, the Wiltshire village is haunted by its tragic past. In 1911, five-year-old Kitty Easton disappeared from her bed and has not been seen since: only her fragile mother believes still she is alive. When a family trip to the Empire Exhibition in London ends in disaster and things take an increasingly sinister turn, Laurence struggles to find out what has happened as it seems that the fate of the house, the men and of Kitty herself may be part of a much longer, darker story of love, betrayal - and violence. : Review: Laurence Bartram is a British architectural scholar, a veteran of World War I, and a man who has lost his wife, infant son, and much of his hold on life. Speller, who introduced Bartram in her first novel, thewidely acclaimed The Return of Captain John Emmett (2011), picks up the theme of the great losses that devastated England in the wake of the Great War. The novel is set in a Wiltshire village, the aptly namedEaston Deadall, which the war has totally cleared of young, able-bodied men, leaving only widows, children, and old men hanging on. Invited to the village to give his advice on a projected maze tocommemorate the war dead, Bartram is drawn into the tragedy that hangs over the Easton family aspalpably as the atmosphere in Poe's House of Usher. Lady Easton's five-year-old daughter, Kitty, disappeared in 1911, and no body or evidence has yet been found. Shortly after Bartram's arrival, akitchen maid goes missing. And then a body is found in the Saxon church next to the manor. Whether Bartram is examining the intricate bestiary of a Saxon arch, the extravagance of the Victorian house itself, or the geometry of the planned maze, he brings a sense of how his interest in architecture, somethingoutside the doom of the Great War, may yet save him. An intriguing leas character and fascinating subject matter, skilfully realized.--Booklist, STARRED reviewLaurence Bartram, a veteran of the Great War, is called by an old army comrade, William Bolitho, to Easton Deadall, a small manor house in the west of England, to help out with architectural work. Bolitho will be installing a memorial window in the manor's church in honor of the men the Easton family and its village sacrificed in World War I. Lydia, the widowed lady of the manor, is still haunted by the disappearance of her five-year-old daughter, Kitty, 13 years earlier. As Laurence unravels the mysteries of the ancient church, he also learns more about the greater mysteries that surround the village and the Easton : Book Description: * The perfect story - a deep, absorbing, old-fashioned, moving mystery.: * Second in the series that began with THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN JOHN EMMETT. Size: 13.4 x 2.8 x 21.5 cm. 416 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Crime Fiction; ISBN: 1844086321. ISBN/EAN: 9781844086320. Inventory No: B244-1031.

Keywords: BZDB395 Missing children -- Fiction, Great Britain -- History -- George V, 1910-1936 -- Fiction, Detective and mystery stories, Dewey: 823.92 Crime Fiction; The Strange Fate Of Kitty Easton Elizabeth Speller

Price: GBP 9.99 = appr. US$ 14.27 Seller: Cosmo Books
- Book number: B244-1031

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