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Virginia Coffman
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Some may gasp at my sacrilege, but I prefer Virginia Coffman to Phyllis Whitney. I like Whitney very much, mind you, but Coffman gives me more of what I look for in a Gothic. Moura, in my opinion, is in league with anything by Holt or Du Maurier -- and I can say that being as yet only halfway through the book.

Coffman had a high command of language; she understood the culture of the British Isles in the 19th Century; she had impeccable pitch for tone and atmosphere. And generally, her plots move along with the pleasing fluency of a good movie. (Bios of Coffman are hard to come by; I've read that she worked on scripts in Hollywood back in the day, but I can't find any references to her on IMDB.)

Despite my lavish praise, I never finished The Devil Vicar, the only Coffman book that's disappointed me. But I think I'll go back and give it another whirl.
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Virginia Coffman - by Penfeather - 10-17-2010, 01:47 PM
RE: Virginia Coffman - by Artemis - 10-18-2010, 12:11 AM
RE: Virginia Coffman - by Miranda - 11-21-2010, 01:03 PM
RE: Virginia Coffman - by sara - 04-23-2011, 06:15 AM
RE: Virginia Coffman - by Penfeather - 04-25-2011, 04:29 AM
RE: Virginia Coffman - by sara - 04-25-2011, 05:00 PM
RE: Virginia Coffman - by Terri Edwards - 10-30-2013, 08:33 AM
RE: Virginia Coffman - by maisonvivante - 06-27-2011, 05:36 PM
RE: Virginia Coffman - by Fiddlette - 07-28-2011, 08:04 AM
RE: Virginia Coffman - by Samarah212 - 12-25-2012, 12:39 PM
RE: Virginia Coffman - by RareMale - 07-10-2013, 12:25 AM
RE: Virginia Coffman - by Danceswithbunnies - 05-23-2018, 05:58 PM

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