A retelling of a well-known mystery that offers a few twists on the original.



A tour guide on the verge of retirement undergoes a haunting experience in this ghostly novel.

Raymond Smollet is giving his last tour of the Weatherlee Ghost House. He’s spent 30 years guiding visitors through the rambling home. Despite having lost his vision, he can still navigate the winding hallways and recite the rote stories. Smollet’s life is small and depressed; he lives alone with his cat and anticipates drinking himself to death after retirement. But his last tour of the Ghost House is an unexpected experience, as the blind man suddenly sees spirits everywhere. Sophia Weatherlee, the unbalanced heiress who insists on endless construction in the sprawling labyrinth of her home, appears in ballrooms and bedrooms. Her foreman, Chuck Ratowitz, struggles to respond to her unpredictable and constant demands while his personal life is falling apart. Smollet sees the house grow, witnesses a family dissolve, observes building disasters, and watches various servants and workers pass in and out of Sophia’s realm. It’s a horror story and a tragedy, with elements of romance and fantasy mixed in. This novel by Bishop and Fuller (co-authors: Galahad’s Fool, 2018, etc.) draws heavily from the chronicles of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, but employs different names and adds some backstory. Many of the details about the mansion, like removable floor panels, and the family, such as the death of Sophia’s daughter from marasmus, are pulled directly from the Winchester story. Smollet is whiny and condescending, an unlikable man who tends to expostulate too long on his sorry existence. His part of the tale feels unnecessary, as it’s the house, with its ghostly inhabitants, that is the true focus. The narrative surrounding Chuck and his wife and the subsequent unraveling of their lives is well written and engaging. Though the Winchester House did have a foreman who worked on the construction for 38 years, Chuck’s personal life and backstory are pleasant and unique contributions by the authors.  

A retelling of a well-known mystery that offers a few twists on the original.

Pub Date: June 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-9997287-2-7

Page Count: 226

Publisher: WordWorkers Press

Review Posted Online: May 10, 2019

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A romantic, sad, and ultimately hopeful book that’s perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes.


In Walsh’s American debut, a woman desperately tries to find out why the man she spent a whirlwind week with never called.

Sarah has just separated from her American husband and is visiting her hometown in England when she meets Eddie. He’s kind and charming, and although they only spend one week together, she falls in love. When he has to leave for a trip, she knows they’ll keep in touch—they’re already making plans for the rest of their lives. But then Eddie never calls, and Sarah’s increasingly frantic efforts to contact him are fruitless. Is he hurt? Is he dead? As her friends tell her, there’s a far greater likelihood that he’s just blowing her off—she’s been ghosted. After trying to track Eddie down at a football game, Sarah starts to become ashamed of herself—after all, she’s almost 40 years old and she’s essentially stalking a man who never called her. But as Sarah slowly learns, she and Eddie didn’t actually meet randomly—they both have a connection to an accident that happened years ago, and it may have something to do with why he disappeared. The tension quickly amps up as the secrets of Eddie’s and Sarah’s pasts are revealed, and the truth behind their connection is genuinely surprising and heartbreaking. The barriers between Sarah and Eddie seem insurmountable at times, and although their issues are resolved in a tidy manner, the emotions behind their actions are always believable. Walsh has created a deeply moving romance with an intriguing mystery and a touching portrait of grief at its heart.

A romantic, sad, and ultimately hopeful book that’s perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes.

Pub Date: July 24, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-525-52277-5

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Pamela Dorman/Viking

Review Posted Online: May 1, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2018

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An ambitious and bewitching gem of a book with mystery and passion inscribed on every page.

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A withdrawn graduate student embarks on an epic quest to restore balance to the world in this long-anticipated follow-up to The Night Circus (2011).

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a typical millennial introvert; he likes video games, escapist reading, and drinking sidecars. But when he recognizes himself in the pages of a mysterious book from the university library, he's unnerved—and determined to uncover the truth. What begins as a journey for answers turns into something much bigger, and Zachary must decide whether to trust the handsome stranger he meets at a highflying literary fundraiser in New York or to retreat back to his thesis and forget the whole affair. In a high-wire feat of metatextual derring-do, Morgenstern weaves Zachary's adventure into a stunning array of linked fables, myths, and origin stories. There are pirates and weary travelers, painters who can see the future, lovers torn asunder, a menacing Owl King, and safe harbors for all the stories of the world, far below the Earth on the golden shores of a Starless Sea. Clocking in at more than 500 pages, the novel requires patience as Morgenstern puts all the pieces in place, but it is exquisitely pleasurable to watch the gears of this epic fantasy turn once they're set in motion. As in The Night Circus, Morgenstern is at her best when she imagines worlds and rooms and parties in vivid detail, right down to the ballroom stairs "festooned with lanterns and garlands of paper dipped in gold" or a cloak carved from ice with "ships and sailors and sea monsters...lost in the drifting snow." This novel is a love letter to readers as much as an invitation: Come and see how much magic is left in the world. Fans of Neil Gaiman and V.E. Schwab, Kelly Link and Susanna Clarke will want to heed the call.

An ambitious and bewitching gem of a book with mystery and passion inscribed on every page.

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-385-54121-3

Page Count: 512

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: Aug. 4, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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