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A ghost story with a difference.

She’s not afraid of ghosts.

Alice Deaton can't believe her luck when she lands her dream job at a medieval English manor house. Mired in debt, the elderly owners have transferred their beloved Bramley to a heritage trust and Alice must prepare it for public opening in the spring.

But then the ghosts start appearing - the woman with the
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Kindle Edition, 180 pages
Published November 14th 2019
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paulinereidbookreviewer
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Book Review by Pauline Reid The Boy In The Burgundy Hood by Steve Griffin.
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What This Book Is About
Alice Deaton had a new job, in a medieval manor house, 700 years old, owned by the Trust of England ... she was now ...boss.... the property manager.... this is ... Bramley. The owners (or-kind-of-not-really-owners).. the S-J's who are in their 60s, they didn't have the funds or energy to keep Bramley clean or tidy.... so
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Alice went through the house, stopping and admiring certain aspects of the
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Caroline Noe
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alice Deaton is surprised when she gets her dream job managing a newly acquired house and grounds for a heritage trust. Granted the in residence former owners are a little odd and the atmosphere strange, but she's happy, until the titular ghost runs across her path. She might not be afraid of ghosts, but there may be worse things to fear in the great house.
The Boy in the Burgundy Hood is an atmospheric slow burn of a spooky novel, but turn the screw it does, right up to its terrifyingly dark
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David
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alice is a feisty yet vulnerable heroine; chosen as the ideal candidate by a heritage trust she is keen to make a success of her dream job but the dream slowly turns into a nightmare.
The story gripped me throughout, not only because of the plot but also because it is very well written. The author has a gift describing locations which really brings them to life in one's mind. Highly recommended.
Emma Britton
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really good adult ghost story. Its very interesting to follow the story of Alice especially as she is not afraid of ghosts yet for the reader the descriptions of them can be quite chilling! I would definitely recommend this book.
Anna
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable and atmospheric ghost story with good twists and turns. Definitely one to read.
Linda Lou
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had previously read the middlegrade series, The Secret of the Tirthas, by Steve Griffin and loved it. So I was wondering how well he would be able to step into the YA/adult world of novels. His strength is his descriptive passages as he combined the backdrop of Bramley Manor with the playing out of the story. So once again, he easily led me into the story and I allowed it to envelope me. Each room came into clear focus, catching every intricate detail along with bits of its history and clues. ...more
Franny Burd
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
What could be better than a medieval English house that includes a ghost or two? This well-written novel tells the tale of a young woman who begins a new job as a caretaker of a property owned by the National Trust of England. Soon after moving into the isolated home, she discovers that all is not as it seems. A spooky, atmospheric read.
Elisabeth Korn
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Atmospheric winters read with a good twist. I like a ghost story at this time of year and this pushed all the right buttons. The relationships between the different characters were gripping, and it had a fantastic ending.
Ellen Read
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a ghost story with a difference. Alice Deaton lands her dream job at a medieval manor house in England. The elderly owners, who still live on the premises, have transferred Bramley, the home they love, to a heritage trust to take on its upkeep. Alice’s job is to prepare the house and grounds for a public opening in the spring.

At the outset, Alice sees the ghost of a young boy in a burgundy hood. He runs through the house and out into the grounds. Alice follows him but can’t catch up.
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T.K. Toppin
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully creepy! I usually don't read ghost stories, because...ghosts. But I sucked it up and decided to give this a try. It was truly beautifully crafted story, rich in detail from the vivid descriptions of the landscape, architectures, and the history. It was so easy to imagine myself right there with Alice, following her every step. The story was engaging enough that, scary ghosts aside, I wanted to know what happened next! There was creepiness, suspense, mystery, and history all balled up ...more
Frances Burd
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Atmospheric Ghost Stoty

What could be better than a medieval English house that includes a ghost or two? This well-written novel tells the story of a young woman who begins a new job as caretaker of a property owned by the National Trust of England. Soon after moving into the isolated home, she discovers that all is not as it seems. A good, spooky read.
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Steve Griffin is a poet and novelist. The Boy in the Burgundy Hood, a ghost story, was released in November 2019.

His travels around India, Africa and America - combined with the discovery of a magical garden of rooms buried deep in the Herefordshire countryside - inspired him to write his adventure mystery series, The Secret of the Tirthas. The first book in the series, The City of Light, was
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