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Book Reviews: The Rose of Sebastopol + A Century of Creepy Stories, part 4

The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon
The Crimean war rages and Mariella travels to the ravaged war zone to find her fiancé Henry and her cousin Rosa who volunteered as a nurse. Once there her world crumbles and she learns much about secrets, faithfulness and love. This was a dull tale; I didn’t care about Mariella’s contented world falling apart or the subsequent fate of her feckless fiancé and idiot cousin.

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A Century of Creepy stories, part 4

The Rocking-Horse Winner
A tale of playing the ponies that is a total misnomer.

The Lovely Lady
A silly tale of a pretty woman encumbered by something.

Rats
A gentle tale of a haunting. Okay.

The Killing-Bottle
A tale of death or something.

The Travelling Grave
A tale of shoes or something.

A Visitor From Down Under
An Australian visits and stuff happens. This was boring, no exemption.

The Cotillion
A woman is slut-shamed in this almost ‘King In Yellow’ like tale. Okay.

Best Line:
“I didn’t want to blast his happiness and wreck his life, or whatever he says I did.”

The Prince
Sexist tosh. This collection is strangely selective regarding what it sees as creepy.

The Last Man In
A stupid mystery written in irritating vernacular.

Dispossession
Not sure what this heinousness was about.

Beauty And The Beast
An uncongenial corruption of the fairy tale.

Those Whom The Gods Love
A middle aged woman wishes death on a younger, prettier woman. Okay.

The Birthright
An unloved son is unloved, disrespected and dismissed more after his father’s death. Dumb.

The Haunted Man And The Ghost’s Bargain
An overly long tale of ghosts. Crap.

The Villa Desiree
She died on their honeymoon. But why? Okay.

The Duenna
A wife has an assignation which leads to significant loss. Okay.

Best Line:
“I thought you - fool that I was - a good woman.”

The Unbolted Door
A couple lost their son in WW1 and their mourning has ruined their marriage. Okay as the son returns to stop their hostile exchanges.

The Apparition of Mrs Veal
A ghost story. Dull.

The Lost Tragedy
A lost Shakespeare play is found. Dull.

Spinster’s Rest
A bizarre sexist tale.

Circumstantial Evidence
A dull murder case.

A Descent Into The Maelstrom
A man fell into a whirlpool and whines about it. Yawn.

The Fall Of The House Of Usher
A man calls on the hypochondriac Usher siblings. Disproportionately negative consequences and opprobrium ensue. Okay.
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