In a matter of months she had been orphaned and left penniless. Now destitute and alone, she came to the old mansion--Gryphons ... to fill the post of companion to the elderly Mrs Clune, mistress of the estate. -- It seemed the only road open to Rowena. The position meant a new home and a new family. Maybe even a little happiness. -- But Gryphons quickly showed itself as sIn a matter of months she had been orphaned and left penniless. Now destitute and alone, she came to the old mansion--Gryphons ... to fill the post of companion to the elderly Mrs Clune, mistress of the estate. -- It seemed the only road open to Rowena. The position meant a new home and a new family. Maybe even a little happiness. -- But Gryphons quickly showed itself as something other than gracious and charming. there was something sinister trapped in the house. A mysterious tension and foreboding that made Rowena feel like an intruder.Then, one day, Mrs Clune was found dead...murdered. Rowena no longer was an intruder. She was part of Gryphon's secret. And for her there seemed no escape....
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Midsummer Masque Reviews
Tattersall is the best pulp gothic writer EVER. She really gets it. Complete with much more interesting Mr Darcy type and decent enough mystery that the story isn't completely meaningless.
I really enjoyed this one by Jill Tattersall. For one thing, it takes place in the Regency era, as I believe all of Ms. Tattersall's gothic novels do, instead of in the Victorian era which is much more common. So imagine Jane Austin on gothic steroids...that is what you get with her books. True, there is usually a lot of thinking necessary when reading one of her novels...the plot line as well as just keeping all her characters straight can be confusing, the mystery so complex it really can drain you trying to figure out what the heck is going on...but if you make it to the end, and I did pretty quick, as I had a hard time putting it down, you will be rewarded with a unique, interesting ending, as this resourceful heroine will surprise you. I think that Tattersall's Dark at Noon and Lady Ingram's Room were both better books overall, but this one came close to matching those, in my opinion.
This one really worked my brain, trying to figure out everybody's secrets, "whodunit," and "when are those two gonna hook up?!?" Set in the Jane Austen era, this book reviewed some of the social norms of the time, while constantly bringing new questions to the reader's mind. I couldn't put it down, though mentally exhausted. Excellent ending.
I snatched this up recently at a library book sale. I used to love Jill Tatersall's gothics and hadn't read this one. It's good and suitably atmospheric. You just have to remember it was written in 1972 and the type of book it is.