The Infernal Riddle of Thomas Peach

The Infernal Riddle of Thomas Peach

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 12/08/2021
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The Infernal Riddle of Thomas Peach
Enlighten your self
Dear reader The Infernal Riddle of Thomas Peach will challenge your skills, you need your wits about you but you will experience a satisfying, entertaining... READ MORE
Jo Morpeth

Synopsis

'Treadwell's book is a magnificent pastiche of 18th-century fiction'
The Sunday Times

'Tristram Shandy meets Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in a novel that addresses dark disturbing themes with tremendous wit, charm and elegance'
Daily Express

'Part historical pastiche, part gothic horror, this is an ambitious and stylistically bold 18th-century adventure with shades of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell'
SFX

'Treadwell's book entertains and impresses . . . He must be heartily congratulated both for performing an extraordinary feat of literary ventriloquism and also for reminding us what historical fiction does best: create an entirely convincing vanished world while also using that world as a lens through which to view the present day'
Guardian

*WHO IS THOMAS PEACH?

*Ah, reader! -- if you would have us answer THAT question -- What mysteries you shall compel us to expose!

It is the year 1785, and a gentleman of modest means has left London for the countryside, to look after his ailing wife.

Among his new neighbours, tongues begin to wag. Why does he keep a locked chest under the stairs? Is it really full of forbidden books? And what exactly is the matter with his wife?

For the most part, though, the couple live in peace -- until a letter arrives, threatening to cut off their livelihood and expel them from their home.

Faced with the prospect of penury -- and perhaps worse -- the gentleman rides out in search of some means to save himself.

But fate has other plans for Thomas Peach.

A bizarre request brings an encounter with a mysterious young woman, raised from infancy as a rich man's ward, now condemned to the madhouse. As their paths become disturbingly entangled, Mr Peach begins to suspect that in her past lies a dreadful secret . . .

Dreadful indeed! -- Yet however fearful the poor child's history -- can her secret be darker, than HIS OWN?

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781529347326
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Weight: 700g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 156 x 40 mm

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The Infernal Riddle of Thomas Peach
A Difficult but Enjoyable Read
With Thanks to Jas Treadwell and Hodder & Stoughton for an advanced readers copy of this book. 3* This intriguing and atmospheric novel set in 1785, fol... READ MORE
Colleen Batey
The Infernal Riddle of Thomas Peach
Highly recommended
An excellent mix of historical fiction and fantasy that kept me hooked. Great world building and character development, an engaging and fascinating plot. T... READ MORE
AMG
The Infernal Riddle of Thomas Peach
An entertaining Gothic novel written in the style of the 18th Century
“READER! Good-day to you! And good-morrow, too! for our acquaintance is destined to be long. We are sure of it. We see it in your eye.” My thanks to Hodde... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan
The Infernal Riddle of Thomas Peach
Highly recommended
An excellent mix of historical fiction and fantasy that kept me hooked. Great world building and character development, an engaging and fascinating plot. T... READ MORE
AMG
The Infernal Riddle of Thomas Peach
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The year is 1785, and Thomas Peach, a gentleman of modest means, moves to a small village in the West Country, bringing with him a steamer chest of clothes... READ MORE
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