Warned by a gypsy witch that violent death will surround her, Roxanna Collins turns to her distant cousin, Barnabas, for help.But Barnabas is also in trouble. For when Roxanna's father and brother are murdered, suspicion centers on Barnabas. Even Roxanna, who feels she is under some strange spell, soon begins to doubt the man she has come to love.To save his life, BarnabasWarned by a gypsy witch that violent death will surround her, Roxanna Collins turns to her distant cousin, Barnabas, for help.But Barnabas is also in trouble. For when Roxanna's father and brother are murdered, suspicion centers on Barnabas. Even Roxanna, who feels she is under some strange spell, soon begins to doubt the man she has come to love.To save his life, Barnabas must prove to the police -- and to Roxanna -- that he is innocent. And he must find the key to the madness and mystery surrounding Collinwood before Roxanna becomes the next victim in a nightmare of evil....
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Barnabas Collins and the Gypsy Witch Reviews
This book was really just an OK one but I bumped up the rating one star because I really enjoyed the ending. In this outing the story does not take place immediately at Collinwood, rather in New York. Barnabas actually does a night on the town - theatre and dinner - but of course not eating.What I really enjoyed about this was the fact that the restaurant that he went to really existed. It was Rector's. At least this time around the author took time to reference something that was real.However, the thing about this book that really struck me was that upon opening the cover, I discovered one of my friend's name penciled in. I have been buying this collection on ebay for awhile now and thought this was one I got. I was pretty surprised to see that I borrow it from a friend - back in 1970! So, bottom line, don't lend me books to read!!
I must admit to liking this book, formulaic though it is. It follows the usual pattern: endangered heroine falls for Barnabas, is rescued by him, then loses him because of the curse. Here the heroine is Roxanna Collins who lives in a red-brick house near---but not AT---Collinwood in the 1890's. Presumably Roxanna represents another, more remote branch of the family. Yet the current master of the great house is identified as an elderly man named Theodore Collins. So is Theodore meant to be the father of Quentin and Conrad? Maybe so. In the previous book (set in 1895) we're told that Quentin's father died very suddenly and unexpectedly in the not-too-distant past. That would suggest that BARNABAS COLLINS AND THE GYPSY WITCH takes place just PRIOR to 1895, at a time when the werewolf's Dad is still alive. It's also possible, though, that author Dan ("Marilyn") Ross simply forgot what he'd written previously and wasn't bothering with the details of a consistent timeline. Who can say? At any rate, Roxanna lives in the red brick house---not at Collinwood---with her father, brother and sister. She falls in love with Barnabas Collins who predictably saves her life. And then suspicion centers on Barnabas when, one by one, members of Roxanna's immediate family are murdered! It isn't hard to guess that gypsies may be involved, considering the book's title. And it's fun watching this Victorian whodunit play out to its dramatic conclusion. Poor Roxanna is seen more than once, sitting somberly by the coffins of deceased loved ones! Hapless girl. And though she loses Barnabas in the last chapter, luckily there's another nice young man waiting for her in the wings...
While the books in this series are predictable, overwritten, and pulpy, they are also unfailing Gothic and a guilty pleasure for fall reading. I remember the television series from my childhood, so these books tend to mean more than they might based on their literary merits alone.This one is set in the past universe of Dark Shadows, an 1800's visit of Barnabas Collins to New York. He decides to accompany his distant cousin Roxanna to Collinwood and the two, as expected, fall in love. As in most books in the series there are a set of mysterious murders to resolve, all of which point to Barnabas. I won't spoil this one by saying who the guilty party is, but if you've read many books in the series you'll probably guess it pretty early. Still, an appropriate little offering for the lengthening nights of autumn.