The Taxidermist's Daughter

The Taxidermist's Daughter

Kate Mosse

Price: £13.99

On Sale: 11 September 2014

About the Book

Sussex, 1912. In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to walk. Here, where the estuary leads out to the sea, superstitions still hold sway.Standing alone is the taxidermist's daughter. At twenty-two, Constantia Gifford lives with her father in a decaying house: it contains all that is left of Gifford's once world-famous museum of taxidermy. The stuffed birds that used to grace every parlour are out of fashion, leaving Gifford a disgraced and bitter man. The string of events that led to the museum's closure are never spoken of and an accident has robbed Connie of any memory of those days.The bell begins to toll and all eyes are fixed on the church. No one sees the gloved hands holding a garotte. As the last notes fade into the dark, a woman lies dead. While the village braces itself against rising waters and the highest tide of the season, Connie struggles to discover who is responsible - and why the incident is causing memories to surface from her own vanished years. Does she know the figure she sees watching from the marshes? Who is the mysterious caller that leaves a note without being seen? And what is the secret that lies at the heart of Blackthorn House, hidden among the bell jars of her father's workshop?The Taxidermist's Daughter is the stunning new novel from the multi-million copy bestselling author, Kate Mosse.

Author

Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 38 languages. Her fiction includes the novels Labyrinth (2005), Sepulchre (2007), The Winter Ghosts (2009), Citadel (2012), The Taxidermist's Daughter (2014), and The Burning Chambers (2018), as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories, The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales (2013).

Kate is the Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and in June 2013, was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to literature. She lives in Sussex.

Awards

Short-listed for Specsavers National Book Awards: International Author of the Year 2014 (UK).

Reviews

“Glossy as a crow's wing. Sure as a surgeon's scalpel. I bloody loved it.” – Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat


“Fans of Mosse will love this haunting tale of murder and suspicion” –Elle

“I loved the atmosphere: the time, the place, the weather, the cold. An unholy collision of Daphne du Maurier and Agatha Christie” – Anthony Horowitz, creator and writer of Foyle's War


“Mosse throws one bravura scene after another. This is a book full of heart and superb twists, with an unforgettable heroine and a mystery that will have you thinking long after you've turned the last page” – The Independent

“A superb atmospheric thriller, its Gothic overtones commanding attention from the very first page” – Daily Mail

Product Details

ISBN: 9781409153764

Published: 11 September 2014

432 Pages