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The Curfew Circle

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Dublin, autumn 1920. The War of Independence is raging. Murder stalks the streets in the blackout of the military curfew.
In the Dublin Salon for Psychical Research, three friends gather in the faint red glow of the seance circle: John with his black stare, hungering for proof of survival after death; Eilis, with her starlit dreams of blood-soaked revolution; and Marion, a
Kindle Edition, 371 pages
Published July 1st 2017
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Sam H
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I began reading this book on the recommendation of my partner, who is far more interested in historical fiction than I am. To my surprise I was so gripped by the story I finished this book in three evenings! Dreyer has tackled the setting of the story in the aftermath of the first world war in a city smashed by insurgency with a level of detail that, while never going overboard, immerses you in the 1920's as well as the practice of spiritualism, making both seem natural and believable.

Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic story!!! Dreyer does it again and delivers a fantastic historical setting to host a thrilling plot line. It would have been easy to reduce the Irish War of Independence to a black and white background peopled with good guys fighting bad guys, but here again, Dreyer's historian training allows her to depict a much more subtle and nuance picture where you don't know who to like and trust. The main protagonists are just as hard to love and you will go through the novel, unsure whether ...more
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Nina Dreyer is a Dublin-based novelist with a doctorate in history. When not working on her historical novels, Nina can usually be found poring over very old newspapers, photographs, maps and diaries, reading strange and forgotten novels from past centuries, or scouring the archives for odd and little-know aspects of the past. She has an unusual affinity for microfilm projectors, vintage knitting ...more