THE SHIVERING SANDS by Victoria Holt

THE SHIVERING SANDS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In the school of the gothic novel Miss Holt is the headmistress of the form. Once again in the penumbrae, a castle with Roman remains of archeological interest, Romany gypsies, ghosts and graveyards, and two even more obligatory fixtures: the little governess in the form of a music teacher who is widowed and has also lost her sister who just disappeared around these parts; and a tight-lipped, jutjawed scion, Napier, who reputedly killed his brother as handsome as his name, Beau, and who now has a very young wife Who also disappears. Caroline, in between the music lessons she gives, wanders here and there and down to the shivering sands and earlier contingency samples thereof attest to their lethal properties.... However grounded in Cliche, which makes it difficult ""to let your imagination run riot,"" this is for that certain kind of woman for whom there is a certain kind of book.

Pub Date: Nov. 21st, 1969
Publisher: Doubleday