An Inquiry Into Love and Death

An Inquiry Into Love and Death

by Simone St. James


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In 1920's England, a young woman searches for the truth behind her uncle’s mysterious death in a town haunted by a restless ghost…

Oxford student Jillian Leigh works day and night to keep up with her studies—so to leave at the beginning of the term is next to impossible. But after her uncle Toby, a renowned ghost hunter, is killed in a fall off a cliff, she must drive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings.

Almost immediately, unsettling incidents—a book left in a cold stove, a gate swinging open on its own—escalate into terrifying events that convince Jillian an angry spirit is trying to enter the house. Is it Walking John, the two-hundred-year-old ghost who haunts Blood Moon Bay? And who beside the ghost is roaming the local woods at night? If Toby uncovered something sinister, was his death no accident?

The arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken, a former RAF pilot with mysteries of his own, leaves Jillian with more questions than answers—and with the added complication of a powerful, mutual attraction. Even as she suspects someone will do anything to hide the truth, she begins to discover spine-chilling secrets that lie deep within Rothewell…and at the very heart of who she is.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451239259
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 192,525
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Simone St. James is the award-winning author of  An Inquiry into Love and Death and The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two RITA awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada.  She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.

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“I thoroughly enjoyed it!...Simone clearly relishes and is steeped in the traditions of gothic fiction - in the best way. She conjures that secretive, hushed atmospher perfectly, and the story kept me turning pages from beginning to end. At once an intriguing mystery and an eerie ghost story, it had more than enough spine-tingling moments to keep me gripped.”—Katherine Webb, author of The Unseen

Praise for The Haunting of Maddy Clare

“Chilling romantic suspense that evokes the lost era between the World Wars…Simply spellbinding.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Susanna Kearsley

“Compelling and beautifully written.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Madeline Hunter

“An atmosphere that is deliciously creepy and a heroine you won’t soon forget.” —National Bestselling Author Deanna Raybourn

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An Inquiry into Love and Death 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well-written and hooked me from the start. Full of mystery, creepiness, history and a little romance, it was good from beginning to end. So often, I've read a "ghost story" that didnt' turn out to be that or just fizzled by the end, but this one, while containing so much more to the plot than just a ghost story, was strong the whole way through. While it left the reader with a few unanswered questions, the ending was a satisfying as the rest of the story. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
AngieJG More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book just as much as the author's first (The Haunting of Maddy Clare). I really felt that I was there with the characters. This story was particularly interesting as it had a German twist that I wasn't expecting. As with most books I enjoy, I wish it was longer. I would like to read more about the character's romantic relationship. 
Katti More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful. I read it within 2 days (could not put it down). Yes, I would read other books by Simone St. James.
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Cindyvon73 More than 1 year ago
1920's England. When University student Jillian Leigh is asked to help with arrangements after her uncles death, (as her parents can't be bothered in Paris) what she find is a mystery that needs to be solved, more than one restless ghost, a detective who just can't stay away, and a shocking realization that things aren't really what they are. There are quite a few hair raising moments that'll keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. A must read for mystery and ghost lovers! You'll thoroughly enjoy this book, as well as the rest of Simone St James stories. I highly recommend it!
CestMoi74 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful mix of suspense, mystery & romance without being the cheesy kind of romance!! I LOVED this book :-) I've read all three of her novels & I think this one might be her best. My only complaint is she's only written three books so far ;-) lol I SERIOUSLY can not wait for her next !! She is a Marvelous writter.
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This was my very first historical romance  with thrills and chills of a good ghost story. Bravo to Simone St James for an exciting page turner, keep me up till 1:00 in the morning read . If you love romance creepy scary ghost thrills and twists from another place and time, you' ve got to read this!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. St. James' book the Haunting of Maddy was so much better. This book was okay but not as intersting as the other book. Just so so
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