THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET BY NATASHA PULLEY (Bloomsbury Circus, hardback PS12.99, ebook PS7.47) ..... THE fictitious plot of this Victorian-era novel is rooted in history: specifically, an Irish nationalist bomb attack on Scotland Yard in 1884.
Home Office telegraphist Thaniel Steepleton narrowly avoids the blast, after being alarmed by a pocket watch that mysteriously appeared in his home, and sets out to find the watchmaker to discover if he is linked to the terrorists.
Drawn out of his civil service routine to observe the Filigree Streetdwelling Keita Mori, Thaniel finds himself moving towards a future that frightens and entrances him with its possibilities - but how much can he trust the lonely Japanese immigrant? The tight plot trots along perhaps too much like clockwork, with everything tied up a little too neatly at the end, but that's a small criticism for a first novel.
BLACK RABBIT HALL BY EVE CHASE (Michael Joseph, hardback PS12.99 (ebook PS4.35) ..... LORNA and her fiance Jon are in Cornwall, looking at wedding venues.
When they stop at Pencraw Hall (aka Black Rabbit Hall), Lorna knows immediately that this is where she wants to get married, despite it being almost derelict and having no wedding licence.
For some reason it seems familiar; she has a vague recollection of coming here as a child with her adopted mother.
Jon is less keen on the venue, but in an effort to learn more about Pencraw Hall and persuade him to change his mind, Lorna accepts an invitation from the eccentric owner, Mrs Alton, to stay for a weekend.
Gradually, the house's dark secrets are revealed and Lorna discovers its place in her past.
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|Publication:||Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)|
|Date:||Jul 18, 2015|
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