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The Wages of Sin

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  73 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Charles Latham, wastrel younger son of the Earl of Clitheroe, returns home drunk from the theatre to find his father gruesomely dead. He suspects murder. But when the Latham ghosts turn nasty, and Charles finds himself falling in love with the priest brought in to calm them, he has to unearth the skeleton in the family closet before it ends up killing them all.
ebook, 230 pages
Published January 2010 by MLR Press
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Elisa Rolle
This is a classical ghost story, both for the style, that reminds me of some old gothic novel, than for the setting, so dark and oppressive even when it’s full daylight; the author doesn’t exactly say that, but I had always the feeling that it was raining outside, or at least it was foggy. Not that in the English country you can expect something else.

Anyway, at the beginning of the story, Charles, second son to an earl, is coming home; he is probably like most of the second son of his time, no
K.Z. Snow
My name is KZ and I am a horror addict. If we could give half-stars, I'd rate this darkly delicious gothic delight a 4.5.

At a time of year when the the world of m/m fiction is inundated with the warm sparklies of holiday romance, I found myself craving . . . exactly this. It proved to be the perfect palate-cleanser. Occasionally wonky punctuation and pronoun confusion aside, The Wages of Sin had me eagerly returning to my desktop (since I don't have an e-reader) for three nights running. And bel
4.5 stars

I'm familiar with novels that take place in the 19th century, but The Wages of Sin instead takes place in the 1700s. That era was an interesting and effective choice although, for me, men in powdered wigs is a little strange. (I evidently like my men more natural!) The writing style is rich and descriptive, which seems congruent for the time period portrayed.

The gothic-style haunting is top-notch and the two main characters are likable. I wish the protags had been fleshed out just a lit
Josephine Myles
An eighteenth century, autumnal ghost story just perfect for reading around Halloween. The story opens with a really creepy scene where a drunk Charles is accosted by a ghostly presence, but was it simply his imagination? And was it in any way linked with his father’s death, which may or may not have been murder?

This was one of those novellas that kept me guessing all the way through. I loved the way Alex Beecroft managed to sketch so many memorable characters in such a limited word count, while
Erin (PT)
This was a book that I wanted to like far more than I did. While the story is an interesting one--ghosts, murder, passion and romance, the author's choice to write her story with not only historical subject matter but with a style that harkens back to the time period made the story much less powerful than it would've been otherwise. The prose is rather purple and passive, which has the effect of taking the passion right out of the words and making it more intellectual than emotional. Because the ...more
Lovely, lovely. I finished this today and already want more. They have to have more adventures these two. They just have to.
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The Wages of Sin by Alex Beecroft is an m/m historical / paranormal novella told in one third-person viewpoint and set in 18th century Britain. Those of you familiar with the author’s historical novels may be surprised to see her branch into the supernatural, but she does so with great assurance and style in this Gothic story of evil aristocrats, a feud between neighbors, and a haunted house. The title comes from the New Testament, Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God ...more
Spine-tingling chills, inexplicable sights and sounds, raised hair on the back of the neck, menacing invisible touches to the skin are enough to terrify the young and impressionable Charles Latham when he returns home in the wee hours of the morning after a night of dissipated fun. And then he is to learn what true horror awaits.

After the gruesome death of his father and his own inexplicable night-time terror, Charles is confused, frightened and looking for answers even while his older brother G
Anyone familiar with Beecroft’s writing will know that she has turned her hand successfully to Georgian Age of Sail and also fantasy. To blend the Georgian era–about which she is superbly knowledgeable–with a phantasmagorical element seems a very logical next step.

The story is included in The Mysterious a trio of stories including others by Josh Lanyon and Laura Baumbach. However, The Wages of Sin (which, incidentally, if you are interested, seem to be more sin, happily) is available as a standa
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Genuinely eerie historical ghost story, with romance. Two deaths in the family -- blame a murderer or angry spirits? Charles, the second son, and George's old friend Jasper, who became a priest, are the central characters. Elegantly told and fascinating novella.
Matthew Vandrew
A nice ghost story ruined by too many words. A half of them would be enough.
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Оч. красивая страшная сказка.
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Spaceships and galaxy spanning empires, conversations with angels, viking villages, haunted mansions and forbidden love in the Age of Sail... I love a good strong plot in an exotic setting, with characters you can admire, and a happy ending.

If you make a venn diagram of genres, including historical, fantasy, gay romance and mystery, I occupy the space in the middle where they overlap.


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