AN INQUIRY INTO LOVE AND DEATH
This is a perfectly balanced combination of mystery, romance, ghost story and history. Told in the first person, it conveys the lasting psychological and practical consequences of war movingly.
Jillian Leigh is one of the few women attending Oxford after WWI. When her uncle falls off a cliff in the seaside village of Rothewell, she comes to identify his body and collect his things. Uncle Toby was a ghost hunter whom Jillian had not seen for years. A series of frightening events convinces Jillian there’s an angry spirit in the area. When handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken arrives to investigate Toby’s death, he tells Jillian that he thinks her uncle was murdered. Can Jillian help him find who killed her uncle and solve the mystery of the spirit before she is killed? (NAL, Mar., 336 pp., $15.00)