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The Mistletoe Haunting: Legend of Minster Lovell Paperback – February 26, 2016
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"A beautiful book and beautifully written." Kat Orman, BBC Oxford.
"Chilling down to the soul...a fantastic ghost story." - Stormi, Boundless Book Reviews
"The most memorable ghost stories are frightening because they expose the demons within us and in The Mistletoe Haunting - Legend of Minster Lovell, David Slattery-Christy achieves this with admirable aplomb. Too many ghosts in fiction are simply used for shock value, but there's a mournful quality to Slattery-Christy's prose as he exploits the line between the seen and unseen, where the living meet the dead and the mysteries of life are revealed. He understands that most ghosts are sad, and are attempting not to frighten us, but to urgently communicate something that they might find rest, and to this end his novel seems perfectly pitched. He knows just when to linger and create atmosphere, a sense of place, or sympathy with his characters, instead of falling back on trite clichés and this adds immeasurably to both the quality of his writing and the intricacies of his plot. The legend of the Mistletoe Bride, immortalised in Thomas Haynes Bayly's poem The Mistletoe Bough certainly provides the scope to descend into routine shock and horror, but Slattery-Christy's twists add for a far more suspenseful and ultimately chilling read that is nigh on impossible to put down.
A gothic ghost story to be read with the lights on, The Mistletoe Haunting - Legend of Minster Lovell has all the hallmarks of a classic and is recommended without reservation." - Book Viral
"Superbly crafted work with an engaging and sympathetic protagonist.Moving between modern times and the Edwardian era it gradually unravels a moving tale about a young innocent betrayed by those around her. DavidSlattery Christy's narrative is absolutely convincing and flawless in its depiction of Edwardian England and its social milieu. As the book moved towards its conclusion it was impossible to stop reading and it was a page turner. The villain receives their just desserts. This sensitively written tale is highly recommended." - Anne Gaelan, Amazon 5*
About the Author
David Slattery-Christy is an author and playwright. He studied journalism for his BA Hons Degree (City University London), a Teaching Degree at Lancaster University and Masters Degree at UCLAN. He has written and published several plays and books and also worked on the Oscar- and BAFTA-winning film Gosford Park. His Novello biography In Search of Ruritania was featured on BBC Radio 2 as part of the BBC's Great War Commemorations. More information at www.christyplays.com
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His new novel THE MISTLETOE HAUNTING is a must for anyone who loves ghost stories. Readers who are familiar with his engrossing biography of the real life Mildred Aldrich ("Mildred on the Marne"*) will be aware of Slattery-Christy's ability to use his knowledge of real locations and events to atmospherically evoke time, period and place - here, the City of Oxford and the nearby village of Minster Lovell. He weaves his material into an intriguing, suspenseful whodunnit with a cast of complex characters. Whilst the principal narrator is the spirit of the victim herself, the author also introduces us to the other main characters in both their past and present incarnations, playing with time zones as he messes with our heads to create yet another piece of compulsive reading!
[*See also: 0752497685 Mildred on the Marne: Mildred Aldrich, Front-line Witness 1914-1918]
Ellen is to be married, but unbeknownst to her she will never be happy because of a jealous sister and a betraying fiancee. She has all odds stacked against her, but she doesn't know the truth.
This was a very well written, chilling tale of love, loss, and betrayal. I felt for poor Ellen, she really deserved to be happy. She wanted to be a bride and yet her happiness was so quickly taken from her. Charlotte was indeed evil! No other words can describe her. I know, I couldn't stand her from the second she was introduced!
I'm not sure if this is just a work of fiction or if this was an actual story from the past that now haunts and tells such a sad tale. It was definitely a fantastic ghost story and in my opinion would make a great movie!...Stormi