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The Taxidermist's Daughter - Kate Mosse

The Taxidermist's Daughter - Kate Mosse

Title: The Taxidermist’s Daughter

Author:  Kate Mosse

ISBN:  9781409153757

Weight:  905g

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The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse

The enthralling new novel from the bestselling author of The Winter Ghosts

Sussex, 1912.  In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to walk.  Here, where the estuary leads out to the sea, superstitions still hold sway.

Standing alone is the taxidermist’s daughter.  At twenty-two, Constantia Gifford lives with her father in a decaying house: it contains all that is left of Gifford’s once world-famous museum of taxidermy.  The stuffed birds that used to grace every parlour are out of fashion, leaving Gifford a disgraced and bitter man.  The string of events that led to the museum’s closure are never spoken of and an accident has robbed Connie of any memory of those days.

The bell begins to toll and all eyes are fixed on the church.  No one sees the gloved hands holding a garotte.  As the last notes fade into the dark, a woman lies dead.

While the village braces itself against rising waters and the highest tide of the season, Connie struggles to discover who is responsible – and why the incident is causing memories to surface from her own vanished years.  Does she know the figure she sees watching from the marshes?  Who is the mysterious caller that leaves a note without being seen?  And what is the secret that lies at the heart of Blackthorn House, hidden among the bell jars of her father’s workshop?

Peer & Press Reviews

I loved the atmosphere: the time, the place, the weather, the cold.  An unholy collision of Daphne du Maurier and Agatha Christie.

Anthony Horowitz, creator and writer of Foyle’s War

Mosse throws one bravura scene after another.  This is a book full of heart and superb twists, with an unforgettable heroine and a mystery that will have you thinking long after you've turned the last page.

The Independent

Glossy as a crow’s wing.  Sure as a surgeon's scalpel.  I bloody loved it.

Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat

[A] classic tale of marshland murder and madness…  The strength of this book lies as much in the startling imagery and atmospheric description as it does in the story…  A deliciously dark novel that races towards its grotesque conclusion.

Daily Express

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Taxidermist’s Daughter
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Book features: Navy blue boards with gold-coloured text on spine; mid-blue endpapers overprinted with taxidermy paraphernalia, and purple and white decorative head and tail bands.
Jacket features: Matt laminate finish with raised, two-colour metallic text.
Overall condition: Fine / Very fine – some light pushing to spine ends
Signed: Yes – on the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Imprint: Orion Books
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9781409153757
ISBN 10: 1409153754
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 403
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 160 x 37mm
Design Credits
Author photo: Mark Rusher
Design: Sinem Erkas
Jacket images: PlainPicture (feathers) / Arcangel (skull)
Illustration: Jack Penny
Map: Mike Hall

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