The Anatomy of Ghosts
An Inquiry Into the Distressing Circumstances Surrounding An Alleged Apparition Lately Recorded in CambridgeBook - 2010
'One of Britain's best writers of psychological suspense'
1786, Jerusalem College, Cambridge.
The ghost of murdered Sylvia Whichcote is rumoured to be haunting Jerusalem after disturbed fellow commoner Frank Oldershaw claims to have seen the dead woman prowling the grounds.
Desperate to salvage her son's reputation, Lady Anne Oldershaw employs John Holdsworth, author of The Anatomy of Ghosts - a stinging account of why ghosts are mere delusion - to investigate. But his arrival in Cambridge disrupts an uneasy status quo as he glimpses a world of privilege and abuse, where the sinister Holy Ghost Club governs life at Jerusalem more effectively than the Master, Dr Carbury, ever could.
And when Holdsworth finds himself haunted - not only by the ghost of his dead wife, Maria, but also Elinor, the very-much-alive Master's wife - his fate is sealed. He must find Sylvia's murderer or the hauntings will continue. And not one of them will leave the claustrophobic confines of Jerusalem unchanged.
CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger winner, Andrew Taylor, returns with an outstanding Gothic novel that will simultaneously deliver a frisson and enchant with its effortless elegance.
'Andrew Taylor is the modern master of a very Dickensian underworld' Independent