An Inquiry Into Love and Death

This story packed a punch for me in regards to the ghost storyline. I love a good ghost story and with this one, I have to say that while I was reading it late at night, I was a bit jumpy at every noise I heard. The author meshed a great ghost story around a budding romance and I walked away feeling quite satisfied with the book overall. I loved how Ms. St James wrote about Jillian Leigh being an Oxford student during a time when it wasn’t a common thing for a woman to go to school. It showed that Jillian was a bright individual and that was one reason why I liked her from the very beginning. I felt bad for her when her parents pushed the responsibility of having to go identify her Uncle Toby’s body once they were notified of his mysterious death. I felt that was something her parents should have done, not Toby’s niece. Having said that, I loved the characters and the storyline immediately pulled me in. I enjoyed that Uncle Toby’s death was labeled “mysterious” and that Jillian decided to start looking into what could have caused his death in the first place. The romance that blossomed between her and a Scotland Yard’s inspector was also a nice touch to the ever-increasing twists and turns the author threw our way. This is definitely worth reading and I recommend it to other ghost-loving readers.

Jillian Leigh must head to the small seaside village of Rothewell to go identify her uncle’s body and pack up his belongings. Since her uncle was a renowned ghost hunter, she never thinks she’ll be facing something sinister when she arrives at his home. When she begins being victimized by an evil, old ghost, she can’t help but wonder if Uncle Toby’s death was something more than an “accident.” With help from Drew Merriken, a Scotland Yard inspector, they hope to find the underlying cause of Toby’s real cause of death. Was Toby a victim of the ghost, Walking John, on his own property? What do Jillian and Drew find out while doing the investigation into Toby’s death?

Book Blurb for An Inquiry Into Love and Death

In 1920's England, a young woman searches for the truth behind her uncle’s mysterious death in a town haunted by a restless ghost…

Oxford student Jillian Leigh works day and night to keep up with her studies—so to leave at the beginning of the term is next to impossible. But after her uncle Toby, a renowned ghost hunter, is killed in a fall off a cliff, she must drive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings.

Almost immediately, unsettling incidents—a book left in a cold stove, a gate swinging open on its own—escalate into terrifying events that convince Jillian an angry spirit is trying to enter the house. Is it Walking John, the two-hundred-year-old ghost who haunts Blood Moon Bay? And who beside the ghost is roaming the local woods at night? If Toby uncovered something sinister, was his death no accident?

The arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken, a former RAF pilot with mysteries of his own, leaves Jillian with more questions than answers—and with the added complication of a powerful, mutual attraction. Even as she suspects someone will do anything to hide the truth, she begins to discover spine-chilling secrets that lie deep within Rothewell…and at the very heart of who she is.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2013 4.00