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5.0 out of 5 stars A bewitching and utterly delightful murder mystery with a twist, June 24, 2011
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Rowena Wentworth didn't drown. She was murdered. And until her killer is revealed and admits their guilt, her spirit will not rest. And as a restless spirit she is angry and she fears for her sister Tabitha's safety. She wants justice.

So when she sees someone who possesses the gift of sight, she is determined to make them solve her murder and she will not leave them alone until they do.

Violet Willoughby never wanted to follow in her mother Celeste's footsteps - someone who claimed to have the ability to connect with the spirit world. But she knew her mother was a fraud, that she only sought the profit and attention that being a medium afforded. She was well aware of all her mother's tricks. And she knew that spirits didn't really exist.

But when her mother is invited to Rosefield by Lord Jasper to perform a séance, Violet quickly learns just how wrong she's been. That there really are such things as spirits. That she can see them. And that if she doesn't figure out who Rowena's killer is, she might never be left alone.

Because a sixteen-year-old girl with psychic abilities is no match for an angry spirit dead-set on finding her executioner.

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Haunting Violet is a bewitching and utterly delightful murder mystery with a twist set in the Victorian Era. It is a clever, fun and incredibly entertaining story that will keep readers guessing as to the identity of the killer and why they committed this crime.

The story has all the right elements to make up the perfect murder mystery. There are a number of characters who are behaving suspiciously, with hidden motives and many secrets they do not want revealed. There is a reluctant but capable "detective" and a charming and lovable "sidekick." And it has an ideal setting - a large manor in the English countryside where the guilty party can easily remain hidden amongst the crowds.

But there is more to Haunting Violet than just a mystery. A whole new dimension is added to the story with the supernatural element and Violet's ability to communicate with Rowena and other pleasant and not so pleasant spirits.

Violet and Elizabeth make a charming crime-solving duo. And with a love story developing in the background, Haunting Violet is an extremely engaging book.

Alyxandra Harvey's ability to craft an enchanting story extends beyond the realm of the vampire in Haunting Violet, her novel that is part mystery, part ghost story and part love story. And she has created a group of characters that are incredibly entertaining and simply delightful to get to know.

Haunting Violet is not only a must read for fans of historical young adult fiction or supernatural murder mysteries, but for readers who enjoy a captivating, well-written story told from the main character's perspective who is a very likable albeit reluctant heroine.
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