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Wilson, Derek, 1935-
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First U.S. edition.
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New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2004.

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269 pages ; 22 cm
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On a sultry summer night in 1994, Nathaniel and Katherine Gye are guests at a Civil War fancy-dress party. The theme of the occasion is apt because Tripletree, the Jacobean manor house in the heart of the Cotswolds where the event is being held, is steeped in history and enjoys a colorful past. But at the end of a glittering evening tragedy strikes, and the body of a woman is dragged from the lake.
This is merely the first of a catalog of misadventure that befalls the introverted rural community, dominated by a legacy of witchcraft and feuds. As he tries to unravel the truth, Nathaniel Gye, a parapsychic investigator, finds himself drawn back to the 17th century and the time when the hill above Tripletree manor was the place where the gallows once stood.

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Derek Wilson is the best known for his historical works of non-fiction, including the international bestseller, Rothschild . He is currently working on his second Nathaniel Gye mystery and a book on the Dudley dynasty. He lives in North Devon.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Nathaniel Gye, "lecturer in Paranormal Psychology at the University of Cambridge," makes an intriguing debut in British author Wilson's new mystery series. When Gye and his journalist wife, Kathryn, attend a fancy-dress party at Coln Manor in the Cotswolds hosted by Sheldon and Juniper Myles, the seemingly accidental death of a local woman, who was dressed as Nell Gwyn, spoils the festivities. Five weeks later, Sheldon seeks out Gye and begs him to help his wife, who's convinced she murdered the dead woman. Inexorably, Gye is drawn into a snarled skein comprising a troubled marriage, a powerful family, a modern witch and a village united in its scorn for Sheldon Myles. The ancient and troubled history of Coln Manor and how it got the ominous name of Tripletree ("an old word for gallows") plays a part, as does the past of its present owner. Despite his billing as a "parapsychic investigator" in the book's promotional copy, Gye uses traditional investigative methods to ferret out the truth. Murders, older and newer, cleverly committed and concealed, are convincingly revealed. Wilson has set the stage nicely for repeat performances by his husband-and-wife sleuthing team. (June 16) FYI: Wilson is the author of six art world mysteries featuring security agent Tim Lacy as well as a historical mystery featuring Niccolo Machiavelli. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved