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The Durham Deception (Tom Ansell #2)

2.95  ·  Rating details ·  43 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Second in the gripping new 19th century ‘Cathedral’ murder mystery series from the acclaimed author of the ‘Nick Revill’ mysteries - For the newly-weds Tom and Helen Ansell life is no honeymoon, as they are drawn into a murky underworld of Victorian spiritualism and stage magic when they’re sent on a mission to the stunning cathedral city of Durham. Not only must they inve ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Severn House Publishers (first published July 1st 2009)
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Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
The Victorian fascination with spiritualism and sensationalism provides the fodder for The Durham Deception, the second in Philip Gooden's cathedral mystery series. Tom and Helen Ansell, introduced in book 1, have been married for only a few months when Helen's mother asks them to pay a cautionary visit to Aunt Julia, who lives in Durham. Julia, it seems, is involved with a shady medium, Eustace Flask, who has been relying on her for financial assistance, and the hope is that Helen can show her ...more
Newly-wed Helen and Tom plan a trip from their London home to Durham, she to convince her elderly aunt that she's being exploited by a phony medium, he on an errand from his law firm. They first visit a seance in London, to learn a bit more of the procedure, but an unfortunate event leaves them exposed to a stalker with revenge on his mind. When Helen discovers a body in Durham, there are many suspects, including--the reader knows--at least someone who should be above suspicion. Some suspense en ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, ugh, dnf, under-half
I couldn't finish this book in the time allotted (I borrowed it from the library) because it was just too boring. I failed to see the point of the "story" at all. There were few sympathetic characters to latch onto, far too many points of view, and just too much going on in general, none of which I was able to care about for long enough to keep me reading.
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I though this might be a Nick & Nora kind of series. I was disappointed in the writing style. Not enough dialog/interaction for my taste. Good murder mystery though, Helen and Tom just seemed to flat.
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is only the second book in the series, but I'll definitely be looking forward to the next installment.
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
I didn't finish this book as I got board with it.
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Philip Gooden lives in Bath. In addition to his Nick Revill series, Sleep of Death, he is the author of The Guinness Guide to Better English and the editor of The Mammoth Book of Literary Anecdotes. Each of his Nick Revill mysteries revolves around a Shakespearean play mirroring life - in Sleep of Death the play was Hamlet, in this offering it is Troilus and Cressida.
AKA Philippa Morgan.

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