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Midnight is a Lonely Place by Barbara Erskine
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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