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November 4, 2020 at 2:04 am #8064Ryan ChastainGuest
The Taxidermist’s Daughter
by Kate Mosse
- Publisher: Orion
- Genres: mystery, fiction, gothic, historical, thriller, crime, horror
- Format: hardcover, 409 pages
- Language: english
- Release date: September 11, 2014
- Awards: Specsavers National Book Award Nominee for Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year (2014), CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger Nominee for Shortlist (2015)
- ISBN: 9781409153757 (1409153754)
- Author: Kate Mosse
About The Book
The enthralling new novel from the bestselling author of The Winter Ghosts, Citadel and Labyrinth.
Sussex, 1912. In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to be seen. Here, where the estuary leads out to the sea, superstitions still hold sway.
Standing alone is the taxidermist’s daughter. At 17, Constantia Gifford lives with her father in a decaying house: it is all that is left of Gifford’s once world-famous museum of taxidermy. The stuffed animals that used to grace every parlour are out of fashion, leaving Gifford a disgraced and bitter man.
The bell begins to toll and all eyes are fixed on the church. No one sees the gloved hand pick up a flint. As the last notes fade into the dark, a woman lies dead.
While the village braces itself against rising waters and the highest tide of the season, Connie struggles to discover who is responsible, but finds herself under suspicion. Is Constantia who she seems — is she the victim of circumstances or are more sinister forces at work? And what is the secret that lies at the heart of Gifford House, hidden among the bell jars of her father’s workshop?
Told over one summer, The Taxidermist’s Daughter is the haunting new novel from the bestselling author of Labyrinth, Sepulchre, Citadel and The Winter Ghosts.
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