"The startling contrast between the corpse-like pallor of her complexion and the overpowering life and light, the glittering metallic brightness in her large black eyes, held him literally spell-bound."
The ghost of Lord Montberry haunts the Palace Hotel in Venice --- or does it? Montberry's beautiful-yet-terrifying wife, the Countess Narona, and her erstwhile brother are the center of the terror that fills the Palace Hotel. Are their malefactions at the root of the haunting -- or is there something darker, something much more unknowable at work?
The Countess writes a ghost story in the form of a play which is in effect a confession of a murder by herself and her husband. The story, which might be fiction or may very well be the truth, tells a grisly tale of a body decapitated and disposed of by acid
Wilkie Collins's little known horror-ghost story of 1878 recalls his two prior triumphs 'The Woman in White' and 'The Moonstone' with its use of detective procedures and mystery-genre plot twists that made those two earlier novels so popular with Victorian readers.
What happens when you have a nearly-divorced man worshipping a nymphomaniac, who has more skeletons than clothes in her closet, a seemingly serious businessman with some very strange sexual practices, a lesbian truck-driver, a corrupt entrepreneur and a mysterious American who loses his memory? The setting is Africa and A Price To Pay tells the story of these dysfunctionals living in a small town expatriate community, many of whom have dark and deep secrets and each hides behind their own curtain of mystery. A brilliant and successful attempt to combine serious, emotional struggles with scenes of rarified comedy, A Price To Pay is outrageously entertaining and readers, both young and old, will appreciate the honest look into the characters' lives and find it easy to see themselves. The book tackles issues such as sexual perversions, drug smuggling, divorce, life threatening viruses and past secrets, capturing the undivided attention of its readers. Susan Jay was born and brought up in England and after meeting her future husband, she moved to Africa to be with him and stayed for twenty years. She lived in several African countries and traveled extensively on the continent. She worked in the tourism industry for many years and for the last part of her time in Africa she managed a lodge in a National Game Park. She now lives with her partner on the west coast of Canada.
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