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The Secret of Greylands

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  11 reviews
“There’s no dirty trick he wouldn’t play—it’s my belief that he wouldn’t even stop at murder!”
Her husband unmasked as a scoundrel, Lady Cynthia Letchingham seeks refuge at her cousin Hannah’s north-country home Greylands. But on Cynthia’s arrival, she finds Hannah an invalid, having recently suffered a mysterious paralysis; the house is devoid of servants, and Hannah’s hus
Kindle Edition, 231 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Dean Street Press (first published 1924)
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K.J. Charles
The mostly forgotten Annie Haynes is being brought back by Dean Street Press, which I applaud. She has a great line in scary atmosphere and good character development, although her characters tend to be, let us say flawed. No heroism here. The mystery basically isn't one to the reader, even if it baffles the idiot heroine, but this is actually a Woman Running From Big House Gothic of a highly atmospheric modernish variety.

Haynes moved in early feminist circles. This one starts tremendously, wit
Mike Finn
Reluctantly Abandoned At 35%

The good news is that I can add Annie Haynes as a Golden Age Mystery writer that I enjoy. I'm sure I'll be back for more of her work.

The less good news is that I just don't have the energy to finish this book. I read for pleasure and I think I've wrung as much enjoyment out of this book as I'm going to get, so I'm moving on.

I really enjoyed the opening of the book. It was gloriously gothic: a lone woman, running from trouble; a deserted railway station, spooky moorlan
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This was a fun read. A gothic mystery complete with loads of deception and the requisite fainting spells.

I thought the first half especially, good with the suspense. I had a feeling of unease and being on the edge of my seat. As the story unfolds bit by bit you can see where it’s going but it’s still fun to wait for our « fearless » heroine to get there. Also, to really see how the pieces fall together and if you’ve guessed correctly or not.

It’s my first read by this author and I will read mor
Mar 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
This was a very quick read, fortunately. I can't believe someone actually compared this to Wilkie Collins' work. Uhm, no. Collins is always entertaining. I can't say the same for Annie Haynes. I can see why it's been 80 years since this book was in print. There's something very Victorian about this book, which surprises me since it was originally published in 1924.

Cynthia makes the mistake of marrying someone she really doesn't know all that well, an older man with a title and apparently someth
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I was reading this as a group read, otherwise I think I might have DNf'd it!! Strangely though it was compelling to a point. It's easy to guess what's going to happen in certain parts. Everyone can see it, except the heroine of the piece!
Some body was kind in the group and said Cynthia was a few sandwiches short of a picnic, I thought she was as thick as a plank and a right ninny at times. She went from demure and blushing to 'looking coldly' which jarred for me.
The mystery was quite good, it
Natalie aka Tannat
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This was a wonderfully Gothic mystery, although Cynthia fleeing her husband that way felt weird until I remembered it was published back in 1925. Then it made a lot more sense. The first half was very engaging but I found it started to drag in the middle. I mean, Cynthia was just so oblivious. I'm pretty sure the reader was supposed to be shouting at her all throughout, however. I didn't particularly like the ending but I felt it was probably the only one that the readers of 1925 would
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Secret of Greylands is a novel by Annie Haynes published in 1924. There is a secret at Greylands, more than one actually and I'm wondering which secret makes it onto the front of the book. One of the things I find to be a mystery, although not a great one, is that if you click on the name of our author on Amazon the only thing it says about her is "Customers also bought items by Patricia Wentworth". I fail to see what that matters, and I haven't looked to see who Patricia Wentworth is and wh ...more
Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the second book I have read by this, 'time has forgotten' golden age writer. I enjoyed the first one but this one, not so much. It's got that neglected and forlorn house in the moors which contains a dark mystery plot, to which, I have been drawn to since my days as a child, when I would sneak out of my bedroom late at night to watch movies, hoping my parents wouldn't catch me. However, as another reviewer has pointed out, things are a little too obvious and our heroine is incredibly nai ...more
Mary Claire
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I agree with the reviewers that said this book is more like Victorian gothic than a golden age mystery. I didn't hate it but it was hard to believe anyone could be as unaware and oblivious as these characters were. The main character could not deal with any kind of stress and ran away from her husband because of something he did before they were married. The safe space she ran to was not safe at all and she faints and her bottom lip trembles and eventually she gets rescued. It could have been a ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Hilariously gothic, terrifyingly byronic and huge fun - with more rugged moreland than a Bronte novel! Its downside was I didn't like any of the characters, especially the heroine who is wet and judgmental in equal measure. Also, Haynes ducks out of writing a decent denuement to the plot with a convenient death. Definitely worth a read though - but not with the light off, especially if you live in a rambling pile of a house that's seen better days!
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
No doubt who the murderer is but wondering how the heroine can escape keeps you reading til the end.
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Annie Haynes was born in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire , UK , in 1865. Very little is known of her life. After being abandoned by the father, her family resided at the Beaumont's country house, Coleorton Hall (in Coalville, Webster County).

In 1908 she was already in London , where she wanted to start a literary career, having contacted Ada Heather-Bigg , a prominent feminist leader at the time

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