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Andrew Saville

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Tekijän teokset

The American Boy (2003) 965 kappaletta
The Ashes of London (2017) 550 kappaletta
The Anatomy of Ghosts (2010) 531 kappaletta
Bleeding Heart Square (2008) 467 kappaletta
The Four Last Things (1997) 226 kappaletta
The Fire Court (2018) 194 kappaletta
The Scent of Death (2013) 186 kappaletta
The Office of the Dead (2000) 166 kappaletta
The Judgement of Strangers (1998) 158 kappaletta
An Air That Kills (1994) 145 kappaletta
A Stain on the Silence (2006) 125 kappaletta
The King's Evil (2019) 125 kappaletta
The Silent Boy (2014) 118 kappaletta
Call the Dying (2004) 104 kappaletta
The Last Protector (2020) 102 kappaletta
Caroline Minuscule (1982) 102 kappaletta
The Lover of the Grave (1997) 89 kappaletta
Requiem for an Angel (2002) 89 kappaletta
Where Roses Fade (2003) 86 kappaletta
The Mortal Sickness (1996) 85 kappaletta
Naked to the Hangman (2006) 78 kappaletta
The Royal Secret (2021) 78 kappaletta
The Suffocating Night (1998) 73 kappaletta
Death's Own Door (2001) 70 kappaletta
An Old School Tie (1986) 53 kappaletta
Waiting for the End of the World (1984) 51 kappaletta
Fireside Gothic (2016) 47 kappaletta
The Barred Window (1993) 46 kappaletta
The Second Midnight (1987) 41 kappaletta
The Raven on the Water (1991) 37 kappaletta
Our Fathers' Lies (1985) 34 kappaletta
The Shadows of London (2023) 34 kappaletta
Freelance Death (1987) 28 kappaletta
The Sleeping Policeman (1992) 25 kappaletta
The Long Sonata of the Dead (2013) 16 kappaletta
Blood Relation (1990) 13 kappaletta
Broken Voices (2014) 12 kappaletta
The Invader (1994) 10 kappaletta
Odd Man Out (1993) 8 kappaletta
Toyshop (1990) 7 kappaletta
Blacklist (1989) 7 kappaletta
Negatiivi (1992) 5 kappaletta
The Leper House (2014) 5 kappaletta
The Scratch (2014) 3 kappaletta
Bergerac and the moving fever (1988) 3 kappaletta
Bergerac and the Fatal Weakness (1988) 3 kappaletta
The Private Nose (1995) 2 kappaletta
The Writing House 2 kappaletta
Little Russia 1 kappale
Son carnet rouge 1 kappale
Bergerac Is Back! (1985) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Mies parvekkeella (1968) — Johdanto, eräät painokset1,304 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 9 (2012) — Avustaja — 29 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 8 (2011) — Avustaja — 28 kappaletta
Perfectly Criminal (1996) — Avustaja — 23 kappaletta
The Verdict of Us All (2006) — Avustaja — 21 kappaletta
Motives for Murder (2016) 20 kappaletta
Deadly Pleasures (2013) — Avustaja — 19 kappaletta
Original Sins (2010) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing (2012) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
Crime in the City (2004) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta
Past Crimes: Perfectly Criminal 3 (1998) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Moord uit het boekje (2013) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta

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The Second Midnight did not hold my attention whatsoever, very slow-moving in some parts of the story. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, so I have never read anything by this author. I was not impressed with his writing style at all.
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JKJ94 | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 27, 2023 |
When a disfigured corpse is found on a building site Cat Hakesby has to halt her work and calls in her friend Marwood to see if he can get works resumed. Marwood is drawn into the hunt for the killer as there are links to his nemesis the Duke of Buckingham and his henchman. Meanwhile the King is plotting the seduction of Louise, an impoverished French noblewoman, who is being groomed as a spy for France. Can the two be linked?
As ever, Taylor has produced a wonderful plot from scant historical records. His characters go from strength to strength, Cat trying to be independent in a time when this was no always possible, Marwood morally trying to steer a course in a corrupt Court. Here the tale is based on the story of Louise de Keroualle, mistress of the ageing Charles II, however it is far more sympathetic to her than most histories. As ever, genuine historical figures make cameo appearances, here it is John Evelyn, but it seems so plausible because of the quality of the writing. A triumph of historical fiction.… (lisätietoja)
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pluckedhighbrow | Mar 11, 2023 |
The three stories in this collection were originally published as separate “Kindle Singles” but they complement each other very well. Despite their different settings, they share some overlapping themes. More importantly, they all express the atmosphere of old-fashioned eeriness evoked by the well-chosen title Fireside Gothic. This is not blood-and-gore horror, but the type of other-worldly terror which creeps under the reader’s skin. I’ve read a blurb comparing these stories to Andrew Michael Hurley’s brand of folk horror, The Loney in particular. Even this is widely off the mark. If anything, these works are more similar to the ghostly tales of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries or the sort of pastiche (used in its most positive sense) which you would expect from contemporary authors such as Susan Hill.

A perfect example is the opener – Broken Voices. Set in the years prior to the First World War, its protagonists are two teenage students at a Cathedral school who unexpectedly get to spend the Christmas holidays at their school, lodging with a retired teacher. Inspired by ghostly tales about a long-dead composer haunting the cathedral, the boys set off on a nocturnal hunt for the lost score of an anthem, supposedly the composer’s masterpiece. Unsurprisingly, this turns out to be a bad idea.

The story’s ecclesiastical and scholarly setting is one which M.R. James or E.F. Benson would have found familiar, and reading it gave me the same sort of shivers up the spine which I get from these authors. It helped that I was reading Broken Voices on the first (cold)ish Saturday in my part of the world, and that on the same day I was due to take part in an early Christmas concert. I always savour these types of serendipities which complement the content of a story I’m reading and help me delve into its atmosphere. (I remember the same type of feeling when I was reading Charles Palliser’s The Unburied in December a couple of years back). Indeed, Broken Voices is my favourite in this collection, despite its anticlimactic ending.

The premise of The Leper House is markedly different but, despite its modern trappings (a broken-down car in a remote coastal area with no satnav or phone coverage), it also harks back to a classic trope in ghost stories: on a stormy night, the male narrator visits an old house and meets its intriguing (female) inhabitant but then cannot find the building when he returns to look for it in the sobering light of day. (A similar narrative device is used in Oliver Onions’s The Cigarette Case, a ghost story whose details are strangely identical to a “real-life” incident recounted about an old house in Valletta, Malta. I wonder whether this is a case of art imitating life, or the other way round. But I digress…) I will not give away any further plot details, except to state that Taylor takes this premise to unexpected, genre-bending conclusions.

M.R. James used to say that sex is distracting in a supernatural tale. However, at the heart of The Scratch, is a torrid infatuation between Clare, a middle-aged mother who is more-or-less-happily married to Gerald, and Gerald’s orphaned nephew Jack, who has just returned from Afghanistan suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The story is narrated by Clare, and her guilty musings about this sudden passion for her disturbed lodger are as involving as the work’s supernatural elements. Elements which, one must say, are vague and, possibly, just the result of the protagonists’ feverish imagination – a scratch on Jack’s arm that refuses to heal, Jack’s unnatural revulsion towards his relatives’ pet cat, and his obsession with a phantom big cat which seems to be roaming the nearby forest (although it’s never actually seen except by Jack himself). This is possibly the most original and off-beat of the three stories but, for me, its effect was dampened by the vagueness of its ending – literally a page-load of questions raised – and left unanswered – by the narrator.

Despite these reservations, the collection was right up my street, and I heartily recommend it to fans of classic ghost stories.

… (lisätietoja)
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JosephCamilleri | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 21, 2023 |
Sigue los pasos de Wendy Appleyard cuando, tras cinco años de matrimonio, abandona a su marido Henry para establecerse con su vieja amiga Janet en la catedral de Rosington para ocuparse de la rica biblioteca. Casada con un guapo pastor protestante, David Byfield y madre de una preciosa niña, Janet parece gozar de una vida perfecta, envidiable. Pero todo se tuerce cuando el crimen irrumpe en la ciudad. Y sólo Wendy, ajena a la comunidad, está en disposición de advertir dónde se oculta el mal...… (lisätietoja)
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Natt90 | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 22, 2022 |



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