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Author Mosse, Kate, 1961-

Title The Taxidermist's Daughter / Kate Mosse.

Publication Info. New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Parsons Fiction  F Mosse, K.    ---  Available
Edition First William Morrow edition.
Description 412 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Note "A novel"--Dust jacket.
"First published in Great Britain in 2014 by Orion Books, an imprint of The Orion Publishing Group. Ltd."--Title page verso.
Summary In a remote village near the English coast, residents gather in a misty churchyard. More than a decade into the twentieth century, superstition still holds sway: It is St. Marks Eve, the night when the shimmering ghosts of those fated to die in the coming year are said to materialize and amble through the church doors. Alone in the crowd is Constantia Gifford, the taxidermists daughter. Twenty-two and unmarried, she lives with her father on the fringes of town, in a decaying mansion cluttered with the remains of his once world-famous museum of taxidermy. No one speaks of why the museum was shuttered or how the Giffords fell so low. Connie herself has no recollectiona childhood accident has erased all memory of her earlier days. Even those who might have answers remain silent. The locals shun Blackthorn House, and the strange spinster who practices her fathers macabre art. As the last peal of the midnight bell fades to silence, a woman is found deada stranger Connie noticed near the church. In the coming days, snippets of long lost memories will begin to tease through Connies mind, offering her glimpses of her vanished years. Who is the victim, and why has her death affected Connie so deeply? Why is she watched by a mysterious figure who has suddenly appeared on the marsh nearby? Is her father trying to protect her with his silenceor someone else? The answers are tied to a dark secret that lies at the heart of Blackthorn House, hidden among the bell jars of her fathers workshopa mystery that draws Connie closer to danger . . . closer to madness . . . closer to the startling truth.
Source B&T 04.2016 PARS
Subject Taxidermists -- Fiction. 44150
Secrecy -- Fiction. 22248
Genre/Form Historical fiction
ISBN 9780062402158 (hardcover)
0062402153 (hardcover)

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