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The Secret Rooms: A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret by [Bailey, Catherine]
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While researching a book on WWI, historian Bailey stumbled on a crackerjack real-life mystery revolving around the life and times of John Henry Montagu Manners, the ninth Duke of Rutland. A meticulous curator who organized his illustrious family’s documents and correspondence, he died in the archives suite of Belvoir Castle in 1940, refusing medical treatment until he completely expunged all records pertaining to three distinct yet interrelated periods in his life. As Bailey painstakingly unearths secret after secret in order to deduce what really happened between the years 1894 to 1915, the ghosts of scandals past surface in full force. Populated with a bevy of real-life aristos who played by their own twisted and privileged set of rules, a searing portrait of family intrigue, dysfunction, and hubris—à la Downton Abbey—emerges. --Margaret Flanagan

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Gripping. Reads like the best kind of mystery story. It is a tale of mistresses and heirlooms, cowardice and connivance Sunday Times 'Astonishing, jaw-dropping, superb. Horrifying, extraordinary Sunday Telegraph Extraordinary, edge-of-the-seat, enthralling. All the ingredients of a lurid horror. The plot is thick with destroyed documents, decadent aristocracy, betrayed honour and curses Metro Compelling. A remarkable piece of research which throws a bright shaft of light on powerful people, hypocrisy and the first world war -- Jeremy Paxman Guardian, Books of the Year Wonderful ... has everything: family intrigue and hatred, love and war, witches' curses, eccentricity, snobbery and a series of shocking secrets. No reader can finish it unmoved Sunday Express Teems with hypocrisy, deceit, parental manipulation and bullying. Bailey artfully shows how guilt, grief, pride and shame levied a heavy toll Literary Review An extraordinary detective operation -- John Julius Norwich Excellent, beautifully crafted, fascinating Red Excellent. A fine, suspenseful, atmospheric tale, a less melodramatic and more nuanced Downton Abbey Daily Express Bailey's fascinating book takes us to the heart of a family tragedy ... this is a horrifying story of love, despair, intrigue, snobbery and upper class eccentricity which reads like fiction but is amazingly - and shockingly - real Lancashire Evening Post The mysterious death of a Duke and a castle full of treacherous goings-on make The Secret Rooms a gripping read for fans of Downton Abbey. As thrilling as any fiction, Catherine Bailey uncovers the darkest depths of a family with plenty of skeletons in its closet Good Housekeeping

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  • File Size: 10508 KB
  • Print Length: 487 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (December 31, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 31, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DMCPKHG
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