An 18th century gothic creaking with doom but equipped with extras -- a touch of erotica, interesting deaths for all personae, and a protagonist who first engages and then divorces the reader's sympathies. Edmund Whitton, formerly with his hero and friend Clive in India (the very same) returns to the manse where he was raised as an orphan and where he fell in love with Euphemia, his cousin's wife. But both have died, Euphemia by a miscarriage -- the result of a coven gala on the moor. Edmund marries gentle Nell, who loses her wits after being forced to watch the hanging of her profligate cousin. There's a young mistress for Edmund, two births and at the close all expire -- even distant Clive as a result. Marryin', buryin' and some bosky witchery. Lush and very active.