The Taxidermists Daughter by Kate Mosse

I would also like to read The Taxidermists Daughter which has been described as Another superbly atmospheric gothic thriller by Kate Mosse. The novel features Connie Gifford, the titular taxidermists daughter, who lives with her father in Blackthorn House, a decaying house in the coastal town of Fishbourne ON the Sussex Coast, Which was once a world-famous museum of taxidermy. Connie has learnt and appreciates her Fathers art of Taxidermy but Sadly though The stuffed birds that used to grace every parlour are out of fashion, leaving Mr Gifford a disgraced and bitter man. The string of tragic events that led to the museum’s closure are never spoken of and an accident has robbed Connie of any memory of those days.

She learns from the Superstitious locals that If you go to a Churchyard at Midnight, the ghosts of the next years dead are supposed to appear. So she goes to the graveyard of the church of St. Peter and St Mary on midnight on April 24,1912, however, as The bell begins to toll and all eyes are fixed on the church nobody notices the gloved hands holding a garotte. As the last notes fade into the dark, a woman lies dead in the Churchyard, and a cloud of songbirds -green finches and linnets – suddenly rush out of the church.

Elsewhere as the town braces itself against rising waters and the highest tide of the season, Connie struggles to discover who is responsible – and why the incident is causing memories to surface from her own vanished years. She is also keen to learn the identity of the mysterious figure watching from the marshes and to discover the secret that lies at the heart of Blackthorn House, hidden among the bell jars of her father’s workshop?

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