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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (624 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Taylor Narrator: John Telfer Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781482980127
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1786, Jerusalem College, Cambridge. The ghost of Sylvia Whichcote is rumored to be haunting Jerusalem, since 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.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Andrew Taylor’s brooding thriller…[is a] dark and gripping tale.”

    Washington Post

  • “Taylor’s latest delivers an original historical mystery that uses the language and attitude of the period in a fresh way…A successful piece of compelling suspense literature and sophisticated historical crime fiction.”

    Library Journal

  • “Mr. Taylor is a sophisticated writer…with a high degree of literary expertise.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Selected for the February 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsty Darbyshire | 2/20/2014

    " One day I'll learn not to be put off books about ghosts... I don't like ghost stories but mysteries including ghosts are rarely actual ghost stories. I've liked pretty much everything Andrew Taylor has ever written and have searched out much of his back catalogue. In short I liked this too but not as much as other things. I did feel the book could have done with one of those "casts of characters" lists in addition to the map in the front of the book as I kept losing track of who was who. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katherine | 2/14/2014

    " This was the winner of some type award called Diamond Dagger 2009. Unfortunately, I found it to be so slow and so so boring. It was quite a disappointment to me and I would probably avoid this author in the future as a result. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen Dambro | 1/29/2014

    " Gave up without finishing. Fairly awful--trying to be too many things. Ghosts, historical fiction, sex? Really? Again, I can't for the life of me remember why I added this to my list! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 12/31/2013

    " Widower is given job of investigating the alleged sighting of a ghost at Jerusalem College - becomes involved with the tutors/students/Holy Ghost Club - Enjoyable, not scary, well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 12/31/2013

    " Three and a half stars rounded up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bob | 12/29/2013

    " I just finished this book last night it starts slow but once it draws you in it is hard to put down. It is a good mystery period piece that will keep you guessing to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 12/27/2013

    " The ending was very different than what I expected "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gigi | 12/12/2013

    " Wonderful historical mystery - loved the details of Cambridge, the servant boys, the clubs and the gardens. This was a fun read full of well developed characters and a good mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne Elsisy | 12/4/2013

    " superb. Effortlessly transports you into the 18th Century. Rather a lot on toilet habits - you would swear you can even smell them! (Don't let this put you off the book). It's a beguiling story , skilfully told. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andreas | 12/2/2013

    " disappointment avoid reading this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isabel | 10/31/2013

    " couldn't get into it. maybe next time... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 6/14/2013

    " Now I understand why Inspector Lewis dislikes Oxford so much... such an insular, nasty little place this Cambridge college was... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 5/2/2013

    " An unusual ghost story mystery set in the eighteenth century. The plot flows smoothly and the characters fit the time period with their uniquely own quirks. Twist and turns with a good ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin Fautley | 2/6/2013

    " Some nice period details of Cambridge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mackay | 1/28/2013

    " An interesting historical mystery, set in Cambridge University. Ultimately a better character study and a nice dissection of Georgian class than a mystery. Worth reading, but the end, and the rather distant protagonist, didn't whelm me. The other characters are all interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Barresi | 9/28/2012

    " I'm usually never completely pleased with endings and although Taylor's The Anatomy of Ghosts is fantastic, the ending left me wanting. I don't need unrealistic closure, but after dedicating this much time to a book, I need more finality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 2/22/2012

    " I enjoyed this new book very much. It was confusing at times due to the large number of characters in and around the university setting, but it was intriguing and well written and I very much enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 6/30/2011

    " Some nice period details of Cambridge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 6/16/2011

    " I must admit that I am normally not a big fan of "period" pieces, but this book really caught my interest. I was lucky enough to get an advance readers edition and I enjoyed it. The characters were well defined and the storyline was very inventive. I definitely recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ghostchaser | 6/9/2011

    " Wow, Well written mystery.
    Several intertwining threads, Full of sorrow from losses of loved ones that accumulates to a satisfactory ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 5/25/2011

    " I enjoyed this new book very much. It was confusing at times due to the large number of characters in and around the university setting, but it was intriguing and well written and I very much enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 5/19/2011

    " Andrew Taylor's dialogue makes you feel like you are living in the 18th century...very enjoyable book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 5/1/2011

    " Another dissapointing book. Good beginning, interesting characters, nicely captured period and place, but as a mystery not v. good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 4/26/2011

    " I normally do not like historical mysteries and have little patience with ghost stories. This is a little of both and I ended up liking it quite a lot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 4/25/2011

    " Adequately written but dull. Subject matter may offend some. Really good evocation of the era, and some decent characterization. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mackay | 4/8/2011

    " An interesting historical mystery, set in Cambridge University. Ultimately a better character study and a nice dissection of Georgian class than a mystery. Worth reading, but the end, and the rather distant protagonist, didn't whelm me. The other characters are all interesting. "

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About the Author
Author Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor is a British author best known for his crime novels, which include the Dougal series, the Lydmouth series, the Roth trilogy, and the historical novel The American Boy. He has won the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award twice.

About the Narrator

John Telfer is best known for playing the character of Willy Pettit in five seasons of Bergerac. He has appeared many times in various television dramas, while his parallel theatrical career has involved him in leading roles at the Bristol Old Vic, the Royal National Theatre, the Old Vic in London, and many regional theaters. He has made hundreds of radio broadcasts, and he plays the part of Alan, the vicar, in The Archers.