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  • 1 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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1 current hold with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library M RYA (Text) 33500013181706 New Checked out 07/14/2020
Fertile Public Library M RYA (Text) 33500013181698 New Available -
Hallock Public Library RYA (Text) 35500006249898 Main Checked out 07/18/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781948924719
  • ISBN: 1948924714
  • Physical Description: 372 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First North American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Arcade/CrimeWise, 2019.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"An Arcade CrimeWise book"--Title page.
"First published in Great Britain by Zaffre, an imprint of Bonnier Books UK"--Title page verso.
Summary, etc.:
Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives. At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, armaments manufacturer Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons, both of whom died at the front. Among the guests, two have been secretly dispatched from the intelligence service: Kate Cartwright, a friend of the family who lost her beloved brother at the Somme and who, in the realm of the spiritual, has her own special gift; and the mysterious Captain Donovan, recently returned from Europe. Top secret plans for weapons developed by Lord Highmount's company have turned up in Berlin, and there is reason to believe enemy spies will be in attendance. As the guests arrive, it becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends, they find themselves trapped on the island. Soon one of their number will die. For Blackwater Abbey is haunted in more ways than one.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 September #1
    After a trio of well-received WWII crime novels featuring Russian Captain Alexei Korolev, Ryan goes back to WWI in a mystery that combines espionage and treason with spiritualism and ghosts. In 1917, Secret Intelligence Service staffers Kate Cartwright and Robert Donovan are dispatched, along with Kate's former fiancé, Captain Rolleston Miller-White, to Blackwater Abbey, the country home of armaments manufacturer Lord Francis Highmount on an island off the Devon coast, where their assignment is to attend séances during the winter solstice. Mediums Madam Feda and Count Orlov are in attendance, along with friends and family, to try to contact soldiers recently killed, including the Highmounts' two sons and Kate's brother, Arthur. Kate, who happens to possess the ability to see ghosts, and Donovan are on the lookout for spies among those gathered, since plans for secret weapons developed by Lord Highmount's company have recently turned up in Berlin. After a violent climax in the ghostly country home, there are hints of adventure ahead, with a frisson of romance, for Kate and Donovan. A promising mix of supernatural and historical thriller. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

W. C. Ryan is also known as William Ryan, who has won acclaim for his historical crime novels in the Captain Korolev series. The first book, The Holy Thief, was shortlisted for a Crime Writers' Association&;s New Blood Dagger, a Barry Award, the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, and the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year. The second, The Bloody Meadow, was shortlisted for the Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year, and the third, The Twelfth Department, was also shortlisted for the Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year as well as the CWA&;s Historical Fiction Dagger and was a Guardian Crime Novel of the Year. His books have been published in eighteen countries. William lives in London and teaches creative writing at City University.

Subject: Ghost stories.
Murder > Fiction.
Women detectives > England > Fiction.
World War, 1914-1918 > Fiction.
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths.
FICTION / Ghost.
FICTION / Occult & Supernatural.
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical.
Devon (England) > Fiction.
Genre: Paranormal fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Ghost stories.
Occult fiction.
Spy fiction.
Historical fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Paranormal fiction.

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