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Midnight is a Lonely Place by Barbara Erskine
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Yes, another Barbara Erskine. Again, she weaves historical fiction into the present with the element of the real supernatural rather than just the sense of the supernatural. After reading only two, I get this idea that she likes to delve into obsessions and possessions.

The plot revolves around an historical biographer who rents a cottage on the Essex coast to write her next book after splitting with her partner. Her goal is to write about Lord Byron, but she becomes interested in Boadicea/Boudicca after learning about how she led the native Britons against the Romans. The landlord's daughter uncovers a Roman burial site near the cottage and unleashes the spirits of those buried there. Both the past and present contain a love triangle which resolve themselves in the end.

The supernatural elements never fail to give me goosebumps. I think both Barbara Erskine and Barbara Michaels work these elements well.
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Midnight is a Lonely Place by Barbara Erskine - by MysteryMind - 12-20-2009, 12:39 PM

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