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The Top 10 Fireside Tales of Mystery and Murder for Wintertime

Posted on 29th October 2018 by Martha Greengrass

For those readers who like their wintertime peppered with chills then we’ve got the perfect selection of ghostly tales, classic mysteries and wintry whodunits to curl up with.

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A touchstone of supernatural horror, Jackson's profoundly unsettling novel revolves around the titular eerie residence and the quartet of individuals who come to experience its terrifying properties.
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After the success of her tour-de-force novel, The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry returns with Melmoth, a profound, ambitiously realised novel which asks fundamental questions about guilt, forgiveness and moral reckoning and how we come to terms with our actions in a conflicted world.

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A eerie, gothic ghost story set on the dark wilds of the Yorkshire moors. Maybe you've heard tales about Scarcross Hall, the house on the old coffin path that winds from village to moor top. They say there's something up here, something evil. When a stranger appears seeking work, Mercy reluctantly takes him in. As their stories entwine, this man will change everything. She just can't see it yet.
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Described as Gosford Park meets Inception by way of Murder on the Orient Express, this is a novel unlike any other. A glamorous house party, a murdered woman; a night that will repeat itself again and again until the killer is unmasked. One of the most anticipated debuts of 2018, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is brilliantly original high concept murder mystery from a fantastic new talent.
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A new Victorian chiller from the author of The Silent Companions. Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor and awaiting trial for murder. The story Ruth has to tell of her deadly creations - bitterness and betrayal, death and dresses - will shake Dorothea's belief in rationality, and the power of redemption. Can Ruth be trusted? Is she mad, or a murderer?

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The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories contained four of these perfectly formed stories, and this companion volume contains a further six, published here together for the first time. As the six murderous tales unfold, the dark motive of revenge is revealed at the heart of each.
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As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives. At Blackwater Abbey, Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons who were lost in the conflict. But as his guests begin to arrive, it gradually becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden.

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Maybe some things are better left unexplained... Taking incidents once thought of as supernatural or paranormal and questioning whether radical ideas in science might provide a new but equally extraordinary explanation, Unexplained asks what real-life unexplained events can reveal of our unique human experience.

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After the blizzard of a century ago, it was weeks before anyone got in or out. By that time, what had happened there, what the Devil had done, was already fable. Devil's Day is a day for children now, of course. A tradition it's easy to mock, from the outside. But it's important to remember why we do what we do. It's important to know what our grandfathers have passed down to us.
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A thrilling drama, worthy of Daphne Du Maurier. From the attic of a dilapidated English country house, Frances sees them - Cara and Peter. But as the hot summer rolls lazily on, it becomes clear that not everything is right. As Frances becomes increasingly entangled in the lives of the glamorous, hedonistic couple, the boundaries between truth and lies, right and wrong, begin to blur.

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