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4.83  ·  Rating details ·  6 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Magic and murder meet in Suffolk, with short stories exploring the spirit of place, and the dark side of belief. A Dangerous Place is an anthology of crime stories all set in the same place, but spread out over the course of two thousand years. Each crime is set against the backdrop of changing religious and magical/mystical beliefs, such as Iron-Age Druidry, Anglo-Saxon H ...more
Paperback, 269 pages
Published December 7th 2013 by Moon Books (first published September 7th 2013)
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Laura Perry
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I cut my teeth on traditional mystery stories: Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, Dorothy Sayers. What sets this collection of short stories apart is that, rather than the individual tales being connected by a main character (Miss Marple, for instance, or Lord Peter Wimsey), they're connected by location. They all take place in Ipswich, a historic town in Britain, not too far northeast of London.

Ipswich is, indeed, a historic town; the first of the murder mysteries in this collection takes place in
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
'A Dangerous Place' is a collection of ten crime stories set in Ipswich, and covering over two thousand years of history. From the Iron-Age to the modern-day; the sinister power of Castle Hill exudes its baleful influence on those who inhabit it leading to gruesome murder after gruesome murder.

I have to say that the only thing I knew about Ipswich, before picking up this book, was that a few years back it gained notoriety as the stomping ground of a serial killer bent on murdering women - so the
Nimue Brown
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Whether the Ipswich marketing board will view this book as a good thing remains to be seen. It could do for Ipswich what Dracula did for Whitby – recasting it as a gothic location full of glorious, ghastly potential. Robin certainly hasn’t portrayed his hometown as somewhere innately charming, and having been there... it is easy to see why!

How does the genius loci of a place affect its inhabitants? How do the inhabitants shape the atmosphere of a place over time?

What this collection offers, are
Rachel Patterson
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous book! A collection of short stories, all with a pagan theme, each one with mystery woven in and all based around the same spot in Suffolk but spread out over the span of two and a half millennia, it's as if you were stood in the same spot and history rolls past you like a fast forward film. At the end of each story are the author's notes giving the reasons, explanations, whys and wherefores behind it. Absolutely fascinating and well worth reading whether you are a pagan, an histo ...more
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A lecturer by profession, Robin Herne lives with his dogs in deepest, darkest East Anglia. His passions include druidry, world mythology, murder mysteries, poetry, Hammer Horror films, Doctor Who, music of the Golden Age (such as Cole Porter), and animal conservation.

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