The Dead of Haggard Hall (Darke of Night Book 1) by Marie Treanor
Date of Publication: July 26, 2016
Spirit possession is easy to remedy. Possession of the heart is another matter.
Darke of Night, Book 1
After vicar’s widow and natural medium Barbara Darke loses her respectable teaching position, she reluctantly agrees to become companion to her former pupil Emily, now the bride of young Sir Arthur Haggard.
Once settled at Haggard Hall, Barbara finds her friend is beset by ghostly voices and unexplained deaths. In a maelstrom of dark spirits and wicked emotions, Barbara battles to lay Emily’s ghosts to rest-both hampered and helped by Arthur’s skeptical cousin Patrick, who provokes and attracts her in equal measure.
It would be a mistake to trust a secretive, guilt-ridden man suspected of driving his wife to suicide, if not outright murdering her. And it could well be lethal to give in to her own desires, confused as they often are with the lusts of the dead.
But Arthur and Emily are in genuine physical danger, and suspicion is falling closer and closer to Patrick-the man who haunts Barbara’s sensual dreams. The man who stands to inherit Haggard Hall.
Warning: Contains a medium whose body is open season for spirit possession, and a scandal-ridden journalist who only believes what he can see-and touch.
THE DEAD OF HAGGARD HALL by Marie Treanor is an interesting PNR/Historical Romance. “Darke of Night”, Book 1, which promises to be an interesting series.
Steady paced, and filled with surprises, ghosts, a haunted castle, spirits, mystery, suspense, and romance. Oh, add a medium, a scandalous journalist and of course some romance, mix in some intriguing, suspicious activity, the reader is sure to be transfixed into a world of possession, of the heart and soul.
Barbara Darke, a widow, a medium who truly sees and is often possessed by spirits, and Patrick Haggard, cousin to Sir Arthur Haggard, Barbara’s friend Emily’s husband. Patrick has been accused of causing his wife’s suicide, but did he?
Strange happenings, ghostly appearances, danger and tragedy strikes at Haggard Hall.
Can Barbara, find the truth before it’s too late? Is her attraction to Patrick, true or only sensual dreams? Is Patrick truly guilty of such tragedy, since he stands to inherit Haggard Hall, or is he being set up?
Many questions will be answered, as the reader follows Barbara on a journey of dark spirits, with deadly consequences.
Well written with deep insights into the world of spirits, and possessions, characters who are strange, captivating and uniquely engaging. The storyline is unique, in many ways, as well as intriguing, and strangely satisfying.
Fans of PNR, ghosts, strange happenings, dark spirits, and powerful attraction, will find “THE DEAD OF HAGGARD HALL” a memorable and enjoyable read. A must read for PNR and Historical Romance fans. Enjoyable and memorable! I look forward to the next installment of the “Darke of Night” series. Don’t read in the dark! Ms. Treanor is a gifted storyteller, and an outstanding author of strange and deadly things that go bump in the night. Great read, indeed!
Received for an honest review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More