An outrageous adventure with the most terrifying villain Brenda's ever faced - her best friend, Effie. Necks are being bitten all over Whitby. In an ordinary town, this would be worrying. Here, it's disastrous, and only Brenda knows why. She's trying to prepare for Christmas at her B&B, but her best friend Effie just hasn't been the same since her suave gentleman friend Alucard reappeared.
Meanwhile, at Whitby's new mystery bookstore, new Goth-girl in town Penny is drawn into the strange works and worlds of Edwardian lady novelist Beatrice Mapp.
The surprising discoveries she makes will impact on all the ladies of Whitby, especially Effie. And when unexpected help from the shadows of the past illuminates the dangers awaiting them, Brenda realises that she must save her friend - or the consequences will be eternal.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages, Map
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 03/03/2011
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780755359455
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Review by polarbear123
Different from all of the other Brenda and Effie mysteries. Chapters are much longer and the writing is often from the perspective of different main characters for large chunks of the prose. It was interesting to see Magrs trying these different devices out in this fifth book. The story is still the same style though, fast moving, light but with a hint of shading here and there and reliably funny in a kind of sniggering to yourself kind of a way. Still think that say Malcolm Pryce and the Aberystwyth mysteries are better but I would always read another Whitby thriller any time!