The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery (Hardback)
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The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery (Hardback)

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A plotting Duchess, a mysterious death and a castle full of lies in Catherine Bailey's "The Secret Rooms". At 6 am on 21 April 1940 John the 9th Duke of Rutland, and one of Britain's wealthiest men, ended his days, virtually alone, lying on a makeshift bed in a dank cramped suite of rooms in the servants' quarters of his own home, Belvoir Castle, in Leicestershire. For weeks, as his health deteriorated, his family, his servants - even the King's doctor - pleaded with him to come out, but he refused. After his death, his son and heir, Charles, the 10th Duke of Rutland, ordered that the rooms be locked up and they remained untouched for sixty years. What lay behind this extraordinary set of circumstances? For the first time, in "The Secret Rooms", Catherine Bailey unravels a complex and compelling tale of love, honour and betrayal, played out in the grand salons of Britain's stately homes at the turn of the twentieth century, and on the battlefields of the Western Front. At its core is a secret so dark that it consumed the life of the man who fought to his death to keep it hidden. This extraordinary mystery from the author of "Black Diamonds", perfect for lovers of "Downton Abbey", "Brideshead Revisited" and "The Suspicions of Mr Whicher". Praise for "The Secret Rooms": "Reads like the best kind of mystery story. It is a tale of mistresses and heirlooms, cowardice and connivance, and a deeply dysfunctional family ...gripping". ("Sunday Times"). "Astonishing ...jaw-dropping...It would spoil the book if I revealed the whole works, suffice it to say ...what a family". ("Sunday Telegraph"). "An extraordinary detective operation". (John Julius Norwich). Catherine Bailey is the author of "Black Diamonds". She read history at Oxford University and is a successful, award-winning television producer and director, making a range of critically acclaimed documentary films inspired by her interest in twentieth century history. She lives in West London.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780670917556
Weight: 808 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 42 mm

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“Fascinating”

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, though 'enjoy' is maybe not the right word given that the story is not an overly happy one - family secrets and wartime. I really liked how Bailey set the scene at the... More

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“Hard Going to start with.”

This book was hard to get into at first. It wasn't one that I could just read night after night which was a shame because it deserved to be as the references that have been gathered and incorporated into the book... More

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“Poor little rich boy hides his secrets”

Is there anything better than a fictional mystery tale? Yes, suggests Bailey in The Secret Rooms, one that's based on real life, one that's based upon a real character purposely hiding information, one... More

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