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The House On Vesper Sands; bookclub with heather suttie Do you have a book review or would you like me to review a book you've enjoyed? Please get in touch at DRBOOKCLUB@dailyrecord.co.uk or tweet @blondi_SOS.

Byline: by Paraic O'Donnell

This Victorian-era mystery is about a murder hunt with sinister supernatural overtones.

Gideon Bliss, an penniless theology student, is on the hunt for missing servant girl Angie Tatton. His uncle has left him only cryptic letters about girls of a certain ilk that he works to help. There is also talk of sinister group, the Spiriters.

Gideon falls in with the bullish Inspector Cutter, who is investigating the death of a seamstress who fell from a window at the home of mysterious Lord Strythe. The seamstress is found to have a cryptic message stitched into her skin. Strythe later vanishes, witnessed by society columnist Octavia Hillingdon. Gradually all these characters converge on the house of the book's title, where dark secrets emerge.

The characters are very well-drawn, and the burgeoning odd-couple relationship between Gideon and Cutter is a comic delight.

It moves between pacy dialogue, gripping drama and an elegiac, otherworldly mournfulness. l The House On Vesper Sands is published in hardback by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, PS14.99 (ebook PS7.99). Available now.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 10, 2018
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