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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.