The Slanderley Curse:
Nuns and Mayhem in Cornwall
"Beautifully written and impeccably researched."
"A twisty, gripping mystery that will keep readers guessing."
This mystery returns to the estate first presented in Slanderley: Love and Death in Cornwall. Kenal Gundry leaves his fishing village life for domestic service in Edwardian England. There his religious commitments put him at odds with the decadence of the outside world. Among strange people he will meet are a nymphomaniac, a Hungarian wine merchant, a Bohemian painter, and a precocious little girl.
Eventually hired by Lord Leo de Loverly of Slanderley, Kenal learns the estate is under a nun's curse. Victims pile up, with Kenal himself becoming a suspect. Within this backdrop, the larger theme concerns the coming of age of a young man ill-prepared for the emerging modern world. In accord with the location, British style humor falls in unexpected places.
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Clarice Stasz has a very clean and dryly amusing style, which elicited many, and I do mean many, smiles and audible chuckles. Yet the story abounds with poignancy. In Slanderley, she allowed me to read between the lines, encouraging the utilization of my often neglected imagination. Her characters and locales are beautifully wrought with a fine economy of words.
I think The Slanderley Curse stands on its own as a piece of literature, and not just as a murder mystery. But, as long as a reader enjoys it, that is all that matters.
The Slanderley Curse was FUN to read, and engaging right out of the gate. Just what the doctor ordered for my blues! Thank you for handing me the key to quirky Cornwall, and providing many priceless moments of restorative escape! Amazon reviewer