Monday 27 May 2019
The Ghost of Hollow House. A Mina Scarletti Mystery #4 by Linda Stratmann (2019)
Mina Scarletti returns in her most thrilling mystery yet! Perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie and Antonia Hodgson…
A peaceful country retreat has become the scene of relentless terror…
Sussex, 1872 .
Mina Scarletti is invited to ancient Hollow House to investigate reports of ghostly occurrences.
The current occupants – newlyweds Mr Honeyacre and his wife, Kitty – have been plagued by unexplained noises and strange visions since moving into the property.
And now most of their servants refuse to stay at the house after dark for fear of encountering the ghostly presence of ‘the woman in white’.
A determined sceptic, Mina’s main concern is for Kitty, whose health appears to be dramatically sinking under the strain of all that is going on.
With the help of her trusted adviser, Dr Hamid, and her lively friend, Nell, Mina must get to the heart of the mystery.
Have the maids merely been frightening themselves with tales of the macabre? Is there a rational explanation for what is being reported?
Or will Mina be forced to admit to the presence of a ghost in Hollow House?
THE GHOST OF HOLLOW HOUSE is the fourth cosy mystery in Linda Stratmann’s intriguing historical series, the Mina Scarletti investigations, a traditional British detective series with a feisty woman sleuth set in Victorian Brighton.
A fun and unique cast of characters. Mina is a physically flawed but plucky individual with a sharp, inquisitive mind.
She is determined to solve the mystery of the haunted house and is of the firm opinion that the mysterious goings on have a more earthly cause than supernatural.
The mysterious and spooky incidents had me hooked as I couldn't wait to see how Mina would figure it all out. I found that the story dragged a little bit here and there when not much was happening.
I did enjoy the little group of friends or sidekicks that she brings along to help. Her brother adds quite a bit of humour.
This book can certainly be enjoyed as a standalone. This is the first that I have read and I enjoyed it a lot. I plan on going back and reading the series from the beginning.
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