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London, 1876. The painter Amos Roselli is in love with his life-long friend and model, the beautiful Daphne - and she with him - until one day she is discovered by another man, a powerful and wealthy industrialist. What will happen when Daphne realises she has sacrificed her happiness to a loveless marriage? What will happen when the artist realises he has lost his most ch ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published March 7th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published 2011)
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Natalie Grueninger
London, 1876. The painter Amos Roselli is in love with his life-long friend and model, the beautiful Daphne – and she with him – until one day she is discovered by another man, a powerful and wealthy industrialist. What will happen when Daphne realises she has sacrificed her happiness to a loveless marriage? What will happen when the artist realises he has lost his most cherished source of inspiration? And how will they negotiate the ever-increasing frequency of strange and bizarre events that s ...more
Sylwia Zupanec
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating. Mysterious. Delightful.

I was lucky to receive my copy of “The Arrow Chest” from Robert Parry himself (signed!) and I was not disappointed. I started reading immediately when I received it and – it was a magnificent read! The whole story is set in Victorian England, but there are glimpses on Tudor era – and that was what caught my attention.


The main character is handsome painter, Amos Roselli who comes to the Tower of London to sketch the remains of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s ill-fate
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Stephanie Chatfield
Synopsis: “London, 1876. The painter Amos Roselli is in love with his life-long friend and model, the beautiful Daphne – and she with him – until one day she is discovered by another man, a powerful and wealthy industrialist. What will happen when Daphne realises she has sacrificed her happiness to a loveless marriage? What will happen when the artist realises he has lost his most cherished source of inspiration? And how will they negotiate the ever-increasing frequency of strange and bizarre ev ...more
Etienne
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tudor history buffs, historical romance fans, fans of Gothic novels, fans of paranormal stories
Recommended to Etienne by: The Anne Boleyn Forum
I had read -- and loved -- Mr. Parry's 'Virgin and the Crab' and was uncertain what I would get from this novel (despite all of the praise). Any uncertainty on my part was not necessary, because again, Parry has spun an incredible story which still manages to work the Tudors into his tale. I'll also admit that I don't normally care for second-person POV as many writers are barely adept at writing in first and third person; Parry is the exception as he is able to maintain it without slipping into ...more
Charla Wilson
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: victorian, gothic
I just finished this book about 5 minutes ago and I am already wanting more! I did not want it to end! This is the first book I have read by Robert Parry, and I can promise that it will not be the last. From the very first page, I was in awe! Robert Parry has managed to write a Victorian Gothic story in the 21st century that rivals many of the great authors of the 19th century. It is very beautifully written. If I did not know better, I would never have suspected that it was not written in the V ...more
Cheryl
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-edition
How wonderful to have discovered Robert Parry with his other-worldly literary voice. I loved this and gobbled this up, staying awake til the wee hours of the morning until - alas, this afternoon, I've finished it. Amos Roselli is a starving artist - a painter, in a similar vein to Dante Gabriel Rosetti. His muse and childhood friend, Daphne is the 2nd wife of a boorish quasi-peer in the munitions industry, obsessed with having an heir. There's Beth - the patient young housemaid to Amos. And then ...more
Lisa
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was watching "Dark Shadows" reruns and I remembered how much I loved the Gothic suspense and the feeling of being scared but not too grossed out like a lot of today's movies do with special effects. I do not think the original show ever aired in England but for us older Americans who use to love coming home at 4 pm to see the ghosts, witches, and magical events like a seance, this might be a good book for you. It combines the tragic story of Anne Boleyn and the events of a beautiful Victorian ...more
Michelle Stockard Miller (True Book Addict)
I knew Robert was a gifted historical author upon reading his first novel, Virgin and the Crab. He graciously sent me a copy of The Arrow Chest to read and review and it too me eons to get around to it. Well, I hosted a lovely event at Castle Macabre in last month, Gothic September, and The Arrow Chest read-a-long was the star of the show. I am so glad I finally got around to reading it. I feel it would be a shame for anyone to miss out on reading this wonderful book.

If you have any love for the
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Nina
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m very Lucky that Robert Parry asked me to read and review his book. Because as it turned out I loved it.

I didn’t know what to expect from Amos. Is he a good, bad, a drunk? But he’s truly just a confused men who lost the love of his life to another men. And that other men I could not stand. He was arrogant, bossy and just a tyrant.

The character that stood out for me was Beth, the housekeeper. I thought she was so sweet, caring, sincere and selfless. A very good friend to Amos.

The plot is great
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Donna Maguire

I had wanted to read this book for a while having read the excellent reviews and was delighted when I was given a copy for my birthday.
The writing style is elegantly fluent and it gives the period in which the book is written (1876) the atmospheric feeling it is due and you can easily immerse yourself in the words written.
The characters of Daphne and Amos fit together and contrast brilliantly in what is a clever and engaging piece of work, I have ordered the Virgin and the Crab and cannot wait
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Luci
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I thought this book was a great Gothic mystery with a heap of Tudor history thrown in. This novel takes a lot of cool twists and the imagery in it is very intense. A fun, and compelling read.
Rachel Snyder
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author's writing is so descriptive, you feel like you are there. Amazing book.
Sarah
An all time favourite. Multidimensional, sublime.
Irena
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-review
This novel is a fine example of Victorian Gothic literature and although it was written in the twenty-first century, it feels genuinely Victorian.

The story begins in 1876 London. A set of bones has just been discovered at the Tower of London and Amos Roselli, a painter struggling to receive some acknowledgement, is called to sketch the bones. It is supposed that the bones belong to Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey and Catherine Howard, unfortunate ladies who were buried there and forgotten. While ske
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Laura
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There she weaves by night and day
A magic web with colours gay.
She has heard a whisper say,
A curse is on her if she stay
To look down to Camelot.
She knows not what the curse may be,
And so she weaveth steadily,
And little other care hath she,
The Lady of Shalott.

- 'The Lady of Shalott' by Lord Tennyson

The Arrow Chest by Robert Parry is set in London 1876 and centres around two main characters; Amos Roselli and his muse Daphne. The title subtly hints at, haunting parallels between their lives and that
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AndyB161
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Parry’s “The Arrow Chest” was the best novel I read in 2012. I had enjoyed his previous book, “The Virgin and the Crab”, which tells a story of Elizabeth I, and the famous astrologer, John Dee. So I was expecting this book to be a good read, but it far exceeded my expectations; itwas truly riveting.

The Arrow Chest is the story of Amos Roseli, a painter belonging to the pre-Raphaelite movement, and his friend, and life long muse, Daphne, with whom Amos have long been in love, but she is no
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The Lit Bitch
My regular readers will know by now that I am a sucker for Gothic love stories….especially set in the Victorian era. I have had my eye on this book for quite some time. The first thing that caught my eye in the description on Goodreads, was that it was based on the Tennyson poem, The Lady of Shalott.

The feel of the book was perfect. It was spooky and dark, just how I like my Gothic novels. There were hints of madness and lunacy peppered throughout the story, along with ghosts and the occult whic
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Jenny Q
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tower of London, 1876. The artist Amos Roselli has been hired to sketch the recently discovered remains of the notorious Anne Boleyn, after hours and with nothing but a lantern to keep him company. This opening scene sets the tone for the rest of the story: dark, spooky, intriguing, and mysterious. Afterwards, as Amos begins to rekindle his relationship with his former muse and best friend Daphne, beneath the watchful eyes of Victorian society, shades of Anne Boleyn begin to haunt him, and Daphn ...more
Taylor
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Arrow Chest is full of haunting mysteries. Who is the mysterious woman who keeps appearing and as quickly as she appears she’s suddenly gone. I had many ideas as to who the woman was, but was later proven wrong as I kept reading. One of the things I loved about this book was how it paralleled with Anne Boleyn’s story during the 16th century. In order to understand what I mean by that you will just have to read the book for yourself.

The characterization in this book is incredible. Amos is the
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Julie
This was a fascinating book that draws upon various connections with the past. These include the Tudors and Anne Boleyn as well as Tennyson and his legendary written works. The artistic and literary influences on the characters and the plot itself are well blended.

I enjoyed the dark and mysterious story of a painter, his housekeeper and his artistic muse/life-long friend. The characters were well written and full of depth. I think my favorite is the housekeeper Beth. It was interesting to watch
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Sue
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy of "The Arrow Chest" by Robert Parry, through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest.

The novel begins at the Tower of London, 1876,during the Victorian era. There is currently renovation going on at the Chapel of Saint Peter and Vincula, and Amos Roselli, an artist, has been hired to sketch the recently discovered remains of Anne Boleyn. It is dark and creepy in the Chapel, and he has only a lantern to keep him company.

Beth, had agreed to fill a position of "maid of all work", to work for
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Bridgett
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fabulous Victorian Gothic Story with a Tudor Twist. If one does not know much about The Tudors, they wouldn't notice the twist because it is so subtle.
My thoughts --

I thoroughly enjoyed how the author starts the story. Without telling too much, I will say that Amos Roselli is called to sketch a drawing of remains found in an arrow chest. Chillingly enough, something ghostly happens to him. Which I loved by the way.

Throughout the story he continues to have hauntings and dreams. The deta
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Brenda
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a slow read for me. It has been a while since I've read this book and due to sickness I'm just now writing a review. A painter has been called in to draw a picture of a womens skeleton found in an arrow chest and the story starts there. He has made most of his career painting one women. She marry's well as she is meant to by her family and he loses her to another man. At least this man can introduce him to the wealthy and help him to come into more work as a painter for the rich. H ...more
Linda
Sep 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Actually 2.5 stars. This book seemed to move very slowly for me, not sure if it was just the writing or the fact that the book takes place in the 1870's and time back then just moved at a slower pace. I really enjoyed the last two and a half chapters of the book and thought they were the best of the whole thing. The book also ended how I wanted it to and you've got to love when that happens.
Chelsie
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok. I wanted to yell at Amos through the whole book "go get her!" There were a couple things I didn't like about this book - one of them being that I felt there should have been more at the end. It kind of doesn't finish things up nicely and tie it in a bow...
Desaree
3.5 STARS
Tanja
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out as a 5 star for me, but there was a few things left unfinished at the end. I did enjoy the story and the tie to Ann Boelyn.
Marie Burton
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
What a great story! Very creative, imaginitive & full of suspense. See full review here: http://www.burtonbookreview.com/2011/...
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Robert Stephen Parry is a UK writer of adult historical fiction, bringing you stories from a wide range of time periods, from Tudor & Elizabethan, through 18th-century Georgian, right up to the era of Victorian England and the Belle Époque. Well researched and vivid historical settings combine with unusual elements of mystery, romance and magical realism. Publications to date:
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