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A House of Ghosts


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A gripping and atmospheric murder mystery set in a haunted house - And Then There Were None meets The Woman in Black

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W. C. Ryan is a pseudonym for William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier and the Korolev series of historical crime novels. His books have been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Award, the CWA Historical Dagger and the Ireland AM Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award and have been translated into over a dozen languages. William is married and lives in west London.


If you are feeling brave, A House of Ghosts is one to read by candlelight with a large gin and tonic on standby. Almost unbearably creepy and beautifully written, the claustrophobic atmosphere will have you running into open fields as soon as dawn breaks. Bravo! * Liz Nugent *
W. C. Ryan makes the familiar World War I country-house setting feel immediate, with a tough but principled hero and a rogue's gallery of villains of all classes and kinds. Hugely enjoyable, A House of Ghosts has the bones of a taut thriller wrapped up in the gorgeous romance of its ghostly island setting * Jane Casey *
A truly creepy and ingenious ghost story and murder mystery with an irresistible setting. From the first page you know you are in the hands of an excellent writer * Ragnar Jonasson *
A splendid tale of wartime skullduggery, featuring both kinds of spooks - perfect fireside reading * Mick Herron *
A thoroughly enjoyable novel that seemed to combine all my favourite things - history, crime, entertainingly spiky romance and an eerily evocative setting. An absolute treat * Elly Griffiths *
An atmospheric, hugely entertaining mystery that offers all the pleasures of a classic ghost story - with an appealing dash of romance. William Ryan is a wonderful storyteller and A House of Ghosts will keep you up reading (and shivering) deep into the night * Antonia Hodgson *
Spooks, spies, seances, things that go bump in the night - A House of Ghosts has it all. A tremendously enjoyable, ingeniously-plotted take on the haunted house mystery. Best read before dark! * Tammy Cohen *
The perfect Autumn read which people just won't be able to put down. Brilliant and utterly engaging * Netgalley *
Shiver inducing beautifully written and immersive story - think Agatha Christie meets M.R. James but done in Mr Ryan's own indomitable style * Liz Loves Books *
An elegantly constructed take on a historical spy novel, one that has just the right touch of the gothic * Shots Mag *
A new twist to an old tale ... I hope that we will get to see what happens in their next adventure - the ending left some room for a sequel, which I would very happily read! * A Storm Of Pages *
A stunning novel, a thoroughly absorbing read that combines a chilling ghost story ... As the evenings draw in, A House of Ghosts is the perfect read. It's so easy to lose yourself in it. It's beautifully written ... impossible to put down -- Kate Atherton * For Winter Nights *
A captivating read . . . classic crime that lovers of Christie will lap up * My Weekly *
An enjoyable ghostly whodunnit. * The Times *
A multi-layered, gothic masterpiece . . . entertaining, thought-provoking and utterly captivating * Lancashire Evening Post *
A captivating read ... classic crime that lovers of Christie will lap up * My Weekly *
A classic murder mystery set in a haunted house - this stylish tale will be a perfect read for this winter * Sunday People *
A haunting tale, beautifully told. Blackwater Abbey ranks with Satis House and Manderley as a great house of gothic fiction. * Erin Kelly *
An intelligent, absorbing, exquisitely spooky mystery * Irish Times *
Taut and poetic pose, engaging protagonists, a page-turning plot and an evocative setting - making for another atmospheric and thrilling read ... a spooky romantic read that will appeal to fans of historical fiction, crime, ghost and spy novels alike. * The Lady *
Beautifully written and ingenious period piece combines history, crime and an entertainingly spiky romance, all in an eerily evocative setting ... tremendously enjoyable take on the haunted house mystery. * *
Read it if you loved Murder on the Orient Express * Best magazine *
A deliciously dark read, perfect for autumn evenings by the fire * The Lady *
Beautifully written and ingenious period piece combines history, crime and an entertainingly spiky romance, all in an eerily evocative setting. Spooks, spies, seances, things that go bump in the night - Ryan has it all in this tremendously enjoyable take on the haunted house mystery * Crime Review *
A gripping mystery with a classic feel * Crime Readers' Association *
Plenty of conventionally spooky fun to be had, but what gives this book real atmosphere is the well-rendered pathos of a country struggling to come to terms with the loss of a generation. * The Guardian *
Wonderfully written and a jolly good read. * Sunday Independent *
Spooks, spies and spectres are the order of the day in this rattling good read * Sunday Express *
An essential honeymoon read! * Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding *
The perfect mix of ghost story and historical mystery ... undeniably creepy, yet satisfying. * Woman's Own *
Promises to be as atmospheric and unsettling as anything since the great spinechillers of MR James. * i paper *
A well-researched, finely tuned yarn that is steeped in the lore of classical ghost stories -- Books of the Year * Irish News *
A spy thriller and a murder mystery with elements of the supernatural and a highly affecting examination of how a generation came to terms with the heavy loss of life during the First World War. * Sunday Express, Books of the Year round-up 2018 *
Reminiscent of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, A House of Ghosts is also a fun, befogged, country house mystery * Liz Nugent, Dead Good Books *
An intelligent, absorbing, exquisitely spooky country house mystery * Irish Times *
If you like Golden Age crime fiction, a new book with an old setting is the elegantly creepy A House of Ghosts by Irish writer WC Ryan, to be read by a roaring fire, possibly with a glass of hot port in hand * RTE *

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