With Hallowe’en fast approaching, we’re featuring some spooky fare for this week’s throwback books. 👻
First up is Josh Lanyon’s fantasy/ghosty/magicky tale, The Darkling Thrush. I love the mix of elements found in this tale of the search for an ancient artifact. And the search – if unwittingly – for love. Septimus and Colin make a very impactful team. This one is available in audio as well, and the narrator delivers a fantastic performance.
Publisher: Just Joshin
Published: April 12th 2012 (first published April 2010)
Summary: Fed up with his desk duty in the Imperial Arcane Library, book hunter Colin Bliss accepts a private commission to find The Sword’s Shadow, a legendary and dangerous witches’ grimoire. But to find the book, Colin must travel to the remote Western Isles and solve a centuries’ old murder.
It should be nothing more than an academic exercise, so why is dour — and unreasonably sexy — Magister Septimus Marx doing his best to keep Colin from accepting this mission — even going so far as to seduce Colin on their train journey north?
Septimus is not the only problem. Who is the strange fairy woman that keeps appearing at inconvenient times? And who is working behind the scenes with the sinister adventuress Irania Briggs? And why do Colin’s employers at the Museum of the Literary Occult keep accusing Colin of betraying them?
As Colin digs deeper and deeper into the Long Island’s mysterious past, he begins to understand why Septimus is willing to stop him at any price — but by then, it’s too late to turn back.
(This 48K+ short novel was previously published by Loose Id Publishing)
Next up is Alex Beecroft’s gothic feeling historical/paranormal, The Wages of Sin. This title is an all- time favorite of mine, and hooray, the author has promised a short holiday follow up this year, and a sequel is well in the works. Charles is unfulfilled in his life at the family’s haunted estate, and Jasper is a priest with a checkered past. How can the two of them hope to build a life together? Ghosts, family secrets, loving in front of a roaring fire, and…butter. Yeah, good stuff here!
Publisher: MLR Press
Publication date: January 2010
Summary: Charles Latham, wastrel younger son of the Earl of Clitheroe, returns home drunk from the theatre to find his father gruesomely dead. He suspects murder. But when the Latham ghosts turn nasty, and Charles finds himself falling in love with the priest brought in to calm them, he has to unearth the skeleton in the family closet before it ends up killing them all.
Enjoy! Hope to see many of you at GRL next week.