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Fiction & Poetry >> Crime & ThrillersFiction & Poetry >> Horror >> Classic horror & ghost stories Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd Publication Date: 01/04/2015 ISBN-13: 9781843444657  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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This is a strange book with many, many strands. The story is set in early 20th century Ireland just after the Easter Risings, at a time fraught with danger and enormous political tumult. The body of Rosemary O'Grady, enclosed in a coffin, is washed ashore and found by one Captain Oates - this is the readers first(and only, I felt)sense of drama and intrigue. How did she come to be there? Who killed her?... Enter W B Yeats (the celebrated literary figure)and his ghost hunting apprentice, Charles Adams - our two paranormal super sleuths set out on a quest to make contact with Rosemary's ghost to uncover the mystery. It is a story which tries to blend its multiple strands of crime, literature, politics, history, secret societies, spies, romance and the occult. It starts off very well and initially I was fairly well hooked, however, several chapters in, I started to feel disengaged by a plot which I felt never really develops and by endlessly long and tedious descriptions that, for me, really detracted from the story. I do have to add that, at times, the author's prose is really quite lovely but, unfortunately, this wasn't enough to make me care about the plot.I ended up losing interest in the characters and my enthusiasm was severely tested and ultimately dampened by the increasing tedium of historical and political fact. This book is certainly unusual but not especially gripping - having been promised by the book cover "a gripping journey along Ireland's wild Atlantic coast" and "something truly wondrous and highly entertaining", I felt sorely disappointed.

- 02/08/2014 Report this Review

A great read by Anthony Quinn sent to me from RealReaders, The blood dimmed tide is essentially a novel about the Irish poet WB Yeats who is haunted by the restless spirit of a young girl washed ashore in a coffin. With the inclusion of spies, female rebels and believers of the occult plus the threat of a German invasion, the story weaves its spell on the reader, with turning to the next page a must!

- 29/07/2014 Report this Review

I was intrigued by this book and pleased when it landed on my doorstep from Real Readers. At first I was not sure what to make of this crime novel, woven with Irish history and myths. Written during a particular period of Irish history, by 1918 the elections proved that Sinn Féin had the majority of the support around Ireland, so this is a particularly important time in political history for both Britain and Ireland. Quinn has weaved both fact and fiction together in an adept way. Quinn writes this through the account of Adams who was a medical student in London and a supporter and friend of William B Yeats the Irish poet. There are murders, ghosts inquires, spies, smugglers and then to add to the mix Irish myths. To the reader initially it sounds like the story is very confusing and a lot to take in but this is a really good read, and well written by the author. It is an unusual story and combination, but it was really enjoyable.

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