Sometimes we’re not alone….
What is the dreadful secret hiding behind the front door of an insignificant South London terraced house? Following a triple killing in 1896, a series of murders occur sporadically in the same house, culminating in the murder of the new occupant’s girlfriend over a century later. But is there a connection or are they simply coincidences?
Rev. Bernard Paltoquet, the vicar of the local parish, is determined to find out. He gradually discovers what links the murders and, with the help of his friends Dr MacTavish and medium Dorothy Plunkett, finally unlocks the mystery that has kept 57 Bockhampton Road in the grip of an unidentifiable evil influence for so many years.
I’ve read a couple of Pat Herbert’s books in the past so I was happy to review The Bockhampton Road Murders which is the best book of hers I’ve read so far.
The story of 57 Bockhampton Road is as much horror as it is mystery. Horrific murders occur in the house in the late 1800’s. The house is left empty for years, but once the Freemans move in, it’s apparent that there’s something evil in the house. Will Mr. Freeman end up killing his wife?
Rev. Paltoquet does some investigating into what could be happening with the house. Almost every time someone moves in, there’s a murder. He finally contacts a friend who is a medium to see if she can put an end to the murders.
The Bockhampton Road Murders is full of horror, suspense, and drama. This is a difficult book to put down. All the people who move into the house end up experiencing so much grief and horror but eventually I was surprised to learn about Rev. Paltoquet’s heartbreaking past.
About the Author
Pat Herbert lives in London, England. She worked as a typist for a publishing company, based in Blackfriars, then trained to become a Chartered Librarian before working for British Gypsum in London’s West End. She was always interested in returning to publishing and took on the job of PA to the Managing Director of Thomson Books, which owned publishers including Hamish Hamilton, Michael Joseph and Sphere at the time, before they were taken over by Penguin.
Since then, Pat worked in recruitment and she is currently working part-time for a private cardiac clinic, and writes during her spare time (with her boss’s permission, of course).
Pat loves reading modern crime novels mainly (Peter James, Peter Robinson, Ruth Rendell) and she has an extensive film library. She was brought up in a cinema as her mother was an usherette, and many of her novel lend themselves to the big screen.
OTHER NOVELS IN THE REVEREND PALTOQUET MYSTERY SERIES:
The Possession of November Jones
The Witches of Wandsworth
So Long at the Fair
The Man Who Was Death
The Dark Side of the Mirror
Sleeping With the Dead
The Corpse Wore Red
THE BARNEY CARMICHAEL CRIME SERIES:
Getting Away With Murder
The Murder in Weeping Lane
The Mop and Bucket Murders
Also by Pat Herbert:
Death Comes Gift Wrapped
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