The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton (Laurence Bartram Series #2)

The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton (Laurence Bartram Series #2)

by Elizabeth Speller
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The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton (Laurence Bartram Series #2) by Elizabeth Speller

When Great War veteran Laurence Bartram arrives in Easton Deadall, he is struck by the beauty of the place: a crumbling manor, a venerable church, and a memorial to the village’s soldiers, almost all of whom died in one bloody battle.
   Now peace prevails, and the rest of England is newly alight with hope, but Easton Deadall remains haunted by tragedy—as does the Easton family. In 1911, five-year-old Kitty disappeared from her bed and has not been seen in thirteen years; only her fragile mother still believes she is alive. While Laurence is a guest of the manor, a young maid vanishes in a sinister echo of Kitty’s disappearance. And when a body is discovered in the manor’s ancient church, Laurence is drawn into the grounds’ forgotten places, where deadly secrets lie in wait.
   A gorgeous restoration of the manor-house mystery, The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton is sure to entrance literary, historical, and crime fiction readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547547527
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Series: Laurence Bartram Series , #2
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

ELIZABETH SPELLER studied Classics at Cambridge. She has written for various publications, and has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Birmingham, and Bristol. She divides her life between Gloucestershire and Greece.

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The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
deadeye_76 More than 1 year ago
Started a little slow for me. It didn't set the hook immediately. However, the character development is outstanding and things really pick up and speed to a good finish. I liked it and hope the author continues the Bartram series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the mystery, social themes of a by gone era, and depth of charaters.
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AnonMI More than 1 year ago
I am nearly to page 105 and am bored absolutely stiff so far.  I've read many mysteries over my lifetime, but there are few that I can honestly say I never finished because I was bored and the book not worth reading.   I'm determined to read through this entire book although right now, if it were not an ebook and was hard copy, it would be sitting on a shelf ready for recycling. I will trudge on, hoping that those of you who have said it was a great read know something I've yet to learn.  If I eventually change my mind,I will let you know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written atmospheric suspense. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy post WW1 old English manor/village Agatha Christie- like historical fiction.
JacksonvilleReader More than 1 year ago
I'm hooked on Elizabeth Speller's novels. I very much like books based in this time (pre-and post-WWI), but the type of unfolding of events and personal stories to reveal the ending. Very much like Maisie Dobbs books by Jacqueline Winspear. I look forward to more by Speller.
IYamVixenBooks More than 1 year ago
Rarely do I read a book that compels me to immediately go out and find the next in series. THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN JOHN EMMETT, the first in the Laurance Bartram series, was one such book. I enjoyed the pace of the book, the character studies, and the bit of mystery that was there. I could only hope that the second in the series would be as superb. And it was. This one is set a few years after the first book. Laurence has published his architectural book of churches in England and has become a teacher at a local school. He is invited by a friend to come have a look at a church that was discovered to have additional intriguing aspects while being restored. It's part of a larger project Laurence's friend has taken on for a wealthy family in the country. Laurence arrives to find that the church and the restoration project are indeed intriguing, but not as much as the wealthy family. There is a pall of sadness over the family members, sadness brought on by the unexplained disappearance of a young daughter of one of the two sisters living in the house. The daughter has been missing for some time, since she was five, gone in the middle of the night and never seen again. No one knows if she's alive or dead. Her mother behaves as if the child will be coming down the stairs any moment. The rest of the family gently enables her belief. Laurence begins to find information that various members of the family would wish remain hidden. So there is more to the mystery than the disappearance of a young child. I really cannot wait to read more of this series. I hope the next books comes out soon.
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Moaned loudly and cu.mmed (ive gtg)