Monday, June 30, 2014

Evergreen™ Featured Title: An Inquiry Into Love and Death by Simone St. James

An Inquiry Into Love and Death
An Inquiry into Love and Death by Simone St James

In 1920s England, Oxford student Jillian Leigh must leave her studies and travel to the seaside village of Rothewell following the death of her uncle Toby, a renowned ghost hunter. Almost immediately upon her arrival, strange and terrifying things begin to occur, leading to believe that her uncle's house is being haunted by an angry spirit and that his death may have been no accident.
 This gothic romance novel has mystery and atmosphere; if you like ghosts, romance, great characterizations or a melancholic post-war setting, this one will appeal to you!
Jillian Leigh is a wonderful main character, a strong, educated woman who is an anomaly in the small seaside village she ends up in. She is intrepid and fearless in the face of smugglers, ghosts and potential traitors. The supporting characters in Rothewell are all equally fascinating; if you want a summer read to give you chills, pick up this novel.
To investigate further, check out this interview with St. James on CBC, and then explore her website for even more suspenseful goodness.

If you love the idea of haunted English villages, visit this “Haunted England” website that shares locales across the island, all populated by spirits.

Don’t forget, if you read this book as part of SPL’s STARR Summer Reading program, you can claim 2 stamps on your Rewards Card, and also be eligible to vote during Ontario Public Library Week in October to choose the winner of the Evergreen™ Award!

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