The Secret Rooms: A Castle Filled with Intrigue, a


    ➜ [KINDLE] ❆ Poltergeist (Greywalker, By Kat Richardson ➦ – Kleankitchen.co.uk Charles ❃ [EPUB] ✻ OBaby By Geoffrey Johnson ➜ – Kleankitchen.co.uk ordered the room sealed Sixty years later ➥ Defiant (MacKinnons Rangers, Ebook ➫ Author Pamela Clare – Kleankitchen.co.uk Catherine Bailey became one of the first historians allowed inside What she discovered when she began reading through the duke s letters was a mystery involving one of the most powerful families in British society in the turbulent days leading up to World War I The th Duke ❰Reading❯ ➶ 21 Divisiones de Los Misterios Sanses Author Ernesto Bravo Estrada – Kleankitchen.co.uk who had devoted his entire adult life to organizing and cataloging several hundred years worth of family correspondence [Reading] ➶ Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning, Author Ellen Connor – Kleankitchen.co.uk had carefully erased three periods of his life from the record But why Filled with fascinating real life characters ✅ The Good Daughter PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Karin Slaughter – Kleankitchen.co.uk a mysterious death [Read] ➱ Crysis By Peter Watts – Kleankitchen.co.uk family secrets [KINDLE] ❀ Fractured (Will Trent, Author Karin Slaughter – Kleankitchen.co.uk and affairs aplenty The Secret Rooms is an enthralling ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☂ Ghost Author Fred Burton – Kleankitchen.co.uk page turning true story that reads like an Agatha Christie novel 3.5 When Catherine Bailey goes to Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, it was with the intention of writing a book about the impact of World War I, on the Duke of Rutland s estate Let into rooms that had been closed, the 9th Duke having died in them, she finds a treasure trove of letters and other historical documents, she also finds a mystery Certain time frames have had all letters and documents from all members of the family excised The mystery of why is too much to ignore and so the focus of 3.5 When Catherine Bailey goes to Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, it was with the intention of writing a book about the impact of World War I, on the Duke of Rutland s estate Let into rooms that had been closed, the 9th Duke having died in them, she finds a treasure trove of letters and other historical documents, she also finds a mystery Certain time frames have had all letters and documents from all members of the family excised The mystery of why is too much to ignore and so the focus of her book changes It was very interesting following her as she attempts to piece together the why of the missing documents Loved following her mind as she makes, at first small, and then larger discoveries The dukes remaining letters create a vivid picture of the lives and morals of the very top of Edwardian society From a tragic happening in his youth, to his enlistment in World War I, and his marriage we get a clear glimpse of what life was like for this Duke Speaking of dysfunctional families, this family had it all His mother the Duchess was a major r piece of work, and his father not much better I did understand and excuse certain things about his father, because he was under enormous pressure to keep up appearances and the large family estate together at a time when all fortunes were declining The letters detailing his life in the war and the reason he did not go to the front, were very illuminating From other letters in his possession and the facts uncovered by the author we get a horrifying look at the War, the battle of Ypres, and the major cost of lives on this estate alone Over two hundred young and older men would die in the war.IF I have one complaint I think a few of these letters could have been kept out without a detrimental effect on the story, they sometimes just seemed like overkill All in all though this is a solid look at lives of the last few Dukes of Rutland and the uncovering of a mystery that was 1 2 century in the making Also loved that the author doesn t just end the book but lets us know the fate of all the leading players Very solid and interesting historical The author drags you along for over 600 pages, promising revelations, secrets revealed, mind boggling suspense What you get is a dry history full of a largely unsympathetic main character, his aggravating and shrilly selfish mother, and the rest of his detestable family One of the main secrets is never actually even explained, but constantly brought up throughout the book Excellent reading fodder if you are trapped on a plane with nothing else to do for about eight hours. I am not giving this book any stars because as much as I tried to get into this book each page was a chore to read Labeled a gothic mystery it should have been labeled a informational documentary I read the first 45 percent or a littleof this book I did find the history good, author Catherine Bailey really did her research, the story was interesting me being a history buff However it read so boring as just informational The pictures were nice that were in the book I only wish I had e I am not giving this book any stars because as much as I tried to get into this book each page was a chore to read Labeled a gothic mystery it should have been labeled a informational documentary I read the first 45 percent or a littleof this book I did find the history good, author Catherine Bailey really did her research, the story was interesting me being a history buff However it read so boring as just informational The pictures were nice that were in the book I only wish I had enough muster to read the entire book I however could not bring myself to that much boredom I do see on the review thread of this book that it has mixed reviews so this is just one of those hit or miss books You either love it or not Me not An absolutely corking tale, better by far than most novels I ve read recently I don t think I ve ever read a non fic book with so many cliff hangers My one and only bug bear and it is but a small gripe is with the chapters on the Great War where there is, to my mind, a lot of superfluous detail about the war Obviously some historical background is necessary, to put the events of John s life into context I don t think we needed quite so much as we got I can t help but feel that Catherine B An absolutely corking tale, better by far than most novels I ve read recently I don t think I ve ever read a non fic book with so many cliff hangers My one and only bug bear and it is but a small gripe is with the chapters on the Great War where there is, to my mind, a lot of superfluous detail about the war Obviously some historical background is necessary, to put the events of John s life into context I don t think we needed quite so much as we got I can t help but feel that Catherine Bailey s original intention to write a book about the Belvoir Volunteers the mysterious army of ploughmen, horsemen and field workers , an entire generation lost to the war meant she found herself with a lot of surplus to requirements research on her hands that was such good stuff, she was determined to put it in anyway It s interesting stuff in its own right, but it s not all pertinent to John s story and it does slow the otherwise terrific pace dreadfully.It is my only complaint and it s a VERY small one In every respect, this is a richly detailed, beautifully but not overly descriptive, engaging and terrifically well written biography of a privileged life withthan its fair share of mysteries It s a crying shame Ms Bailey never discovered the whole truth about Haddon s death I so wanted to know It seems John covered the details around that particular tragedy far too well.The Secret Rooms is a wonderfully good read It s 450 pages long and I read it in 3 days, I just couldn t put it down A brilliant book Highly recommended This started out so well and with such promise a castle filled with intrigue, a plotting duchess and a mysterious death I was hooked from the first page What was the big mystery I loved finding out as Catherine Bailey picked away at clues, painstakingly researching this very well written book Then about halfway through I began to suspect that we d never really learn the truth There were too many gaps in the letters, too much of a cover up of events long past The little facts that were g This started out so well and with such promise a castle filled with intrigue, a plotting duchess and a mysterious death I was hooked from the first page What was the big mystery I loved finding out as Catherine Bailey picked away at clues, painstakingly researching this very well written book Then about halfway through I began to suspect that we d never really learn the truth There were too many gaps in the letters, too much of a cover up of events long past The little facts that were gleaned, were by that time very disappointing What started out as an eager What happened, what happened, what happened turned into a disappointed Oh, was that it What the hell was this No seriously what the hell At first I was apprehensive about reading this but knowing my reading history, I like to give every book a chance Unfortunately I wanted to personally rip out every page of this book and not recycle anything I did not have a clue what this book was about, does it suppose to be mystery Ohh creepy, horrific, thrilling right Puh please this book is abominably bad, not even worth the time or effort For the life of me, I do not understand why What the hell was this No seriously what the hell At first I was apprehensive about reading this but knowing my reading history, I like to give every book a chance Unfortunately I wanted to personally rip out every page of this book and not recycle anything I did not have a clue what this book was about, does it suppose to be mystery Ohh creepy, horrific, thrilling right Puh please this book is abominably bad, not even worth the time or effort For the life of me, I do not understand why books like this get critically praised, maybe it is not my type of genre or whatever This book was just atrociously bad, just pathetic Find this and other reviews at ve been bouncing around thoughts on Catherine Bailey s The Secret Rooms for a couple of weeks now, vainly trying to convince myself that I don t know what I want to say when in reality I ve just been putting off a review I wasn t in the mood to write Something about wanting to like a bookthan I did, having to rectify deflated expectations against the reality of experience, call me crazy but it just doesn t insight m Find this and other reviews at ve been bouncing around thoughts on Catherine Bailey s The Secret Rooms for a couple of weeks now, vainly trying to convince myself that I don t know what I want to say when in reality I ve just been putting off a review I wasn t in the mood to write Something about wanting to like a bookthan I did, having to rectify deflated expectations against the reality of experience, call me crazy but it just doesn t insight much enthusiasm Now, before I get too far ahead of myself I want to say I love the mystery Bailey uncovered at Belvoir Castle I think it a genuinely authentic intrigue that says a lot about the family s dynamics, society in the early twentieth century, etc and so on Honestly, if The Secret Rooms were streamlined exclusively to the mystery surrounding John Henry Montagu Manners, 9th Duke of Rutland, and restructured to follow a chronological timeline of his movements, I d be giving this book four stars if not five, but that s not Bailey s style No, Bailey skips back and forth over the established timeline, making it necessary for the reader to piece together events from a chaotic hodgepodge of information and often follows random tangents about flowers, sunlight or minor characters for pages before returning to her central story She also tends to make mountains out of mole hills, routinely overemphasizing events that are only loosely related to her primary subject and finally, her penchant for repeating herself ad nauseam isthan a little annoying Could I overlook the mechanics of the text and focus on Bailey s thesis Of course, but I can t say I m particularly inclined to do so Why Probably because I felt the same way about Bailey s 2008 release, Black Diamonds Bailey has a nose for unearthing provocatively alluring material, but superior subject matter aside, her haphazard construction and irregular formatting make her books somewhat tedious and at times, frustratingly incoherent Page 28 Whatever it was that kept the Duke closeted in his secret rooms in the last hours of his life haunted his family too Shortly after he died, his son, Charles, the 10th Duke of Rutland, closed them In 1999, almost sixty years later, they were finally opened to outsiders Today, only a handful of people have been inside them.Page 58 Had I stumbled across something Was there a link between the missing war letters and whatever it was the family had wanted to hide Page 59 Briefly, I explain Page 28 Whatever it was that kept the Duke closeted in his secret rooms in the last hours of his life haunted his family too Shortly after he died, his son, Charles, the 10th Duke of Rutland, closed them In 1999, almost sixty years later, they were finally opened to outsiders Today, only a handful of people have been inside them.Page 58 Had I stumbled across something Was there a link between the missing war letters and whatever it was the family had wanted to hide Page 59 Briefly, I explained what I had discovered how, after 6 July 1915, until December of that year, there was a large gap in the family s correspondence, and that the start of this void coincided with the date John s war diary had stopped.Page 99 I focused on the three missing periods There was the gap in the summer of 1915 when John had been on the Western front, and which had begun with the blank pages in his war diary Then there was the one in the summer of 1909 the year he was at the embassy in Rome The third gap in 1894 was the most mysterious of all The bought that John had felt compelled to cover up an event in his childhood was disquieting.In order to avoid spoilers, I won t add anything else concerning the Rutland s family secrets.The author made a meticulous research work involving the reader in this suspenseful book.I am looking forward for her first book written, The Black Diamonds.NY Times review"/>
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  • The Secret Rooms: A Castle Filled with Intrigue, a Plotting Duchess, and a Mysterious Death
  • Catherine Bailey
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  • 06 December 2017
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The Secret Rooms: A Castle Filled with Intrigue, a Plotting Duchess, and a Mysterious DeathThere is a saying More money,problems After reading this book, I think there should be an addendum for nobility More titles,drama The Secret Rooms is the story of the 9th Duke of Rutland, John Henry Montagu Manners, and the family secrets he tried to hide Before John died of pneumonia in April 1940, he locked himself into his archive rooms at Belvoir Castle and would not come out, working ceaselessly on a mysterious project, even against his doctor s orders to rest After There is a saying More money,problems After reading this book, I think there should be an addendum for nobility More titles,drama The Secret Rooms is the story of the 9th Duke of Rutland, John Henry Montagu Manners, and the family secrets he tried to hide Before John died of pneumonia in April 1940, he locked himself into his archive rooms at Belvoir Castle and would not come out, working ceaselessly on a mysterious project, even against his doctor s orders to rest After John died, his son closed the rooms and no one was allowed in them for nearly 60 years John s obsession with collecting struck me as pathological The pursuit and ordering of objects appeared to lie at the core of his personality It seemed to go far beyond mere interest it was all consuming, a compulsion It looked as if these collections represented some sort of refuge, a form of escape into a private world But what had he wanted to escape from In 2008, writer Catherine Bailey was working on a book about World War I and was one of the few who was granted access to the closeted archives, called the Muniment Rooms While going through family letters and papers, she found several gaps in the collection, as if John had deliberately removed correspondence to try and hide something Bailey got on the trail and ended up writing a very different kind of book than what she started What she found was a lot of family drama, a scandalous coverup, and at the heart of it, a deeply unhappy child At one point, my heart broke for sweet little John and I wished I could have given him a hug view spoiler I won t give away all of the details, but the missing correspondence involves three different things the death of a child, a bitter fight over an inheritance, and a suspicious absence during the war hide spoiler I was becomingandcaught up in the mystery behind this man, and starting to follow a different story his story In creating the gaps in his biography, he had erased so much of himself and so thoroughly There were a lot of things I liked about this book the inside look at a duke s family the workings of an English castle the historical setting the details of how estate life changed during the Twentieth Century and some fascinating details about the start of World War I, when John was sent to France Bailey mentions the incredible privileges the ducal families were afforded, but she also discusses the immense social pressures they faced I liked having this humanist perspective on the bookish, introverted John it seems he would have chosen a very different life for himself if he hadn t been under a tremendous amount of pressure from his parents to live up to his future role as duke.My complaint about the book was with the writing style Bailey told the story from her perspective everything plodded along as she found various letters and clues, and she often closed a chapter with a trite tease, such as What I discovered next changed the course of my research entirely I even wrote ARGH on a post it to flag such a page I admit I can be fussy about writing, and other readers might not be bothered at all by the chapter teases they might even like them.I wondered if this book could have been better if Bailey had not told it in first person, because she sometimes got bogged down in too many me me me details and descriptions Could the story have been better told in third person Despite this complaint, I was still drawn into the story and was anxious to solve the family mystery or mysteries, to becorrect The blurbs for this book usually reference Downton Abbey, and I would agree that fans of that TV show would probably enjoy delving into the real life drama of an aristocratic family I would also recommend it to my fellow Anglophiles, or anyone who likes a good family mystery and historical drama.My rating 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 While reading, frequently I wondered what kind of archivists we are today, with so many communications only in digital texts, emails or in social media We save so little correspondence in print For those who would like to readabout the American heiresses who married into the British nobility in the late 1800s and early 1900s, I recommend the fascinating book, To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl When the th Duke of Rutland died alone in the cramped family archives on April his son and heir, Charles, ordered the room sealed Sixty years later, Catherine Bailey became one of the first historians allowed inside What she discovered when she began reading through the duke s letters was a mystery involving one of the most powerful families in British society in the turbulent days leading up to World War I The th Duke, who had devoted his entire adult life to organizing and cataloging several hundred years worth of family correspondence, had carefully erased three periods of his life from the record But why Filled with fascinating real life characters, a mysterious death, family secrets, and affairs aplenty The Secret Rooms is an enthralling, page turning true story that reads like an Agatha Christie novel ➜ [KINDLE] ❆ Poltergeist (Greywalker, By Kat Richardson ➦ – Kleankitchen.co.uk Charles ❃ [EPUB] ✻ OBaby By Geoffrey Johnson ➜ – Kleankitchen.co.uk ordered the room sealed Sixty years later ➥ Defiant (MacKinnons Rangers, Ebook ➫ Author Pamela Clare – Kleankitchen.co.uk Catherine Bailey became one of the first historians allowed inside What she discovered when she began reading through the duke s letters was a mystery involving one of the most powerful families in British society in the turbulent days leading up to World War I The th Duke ❰Reading❯ ➶ 21 Divisiones de Los Misterios Sanses Author Ernesto Bravo Estrada – Kleankitchen.co.uk who had devoted his entire adult life to organizing and cataloging several hundred years worth of family correspondence [Reading] ➶ Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning, Author Ellen Connor – Kleankitchen.co.uk had carefully erased three periods of his life from the record But why Filled with fascinating real life characters ✅ The Good Daughter PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Karin Slaughter – Kleankitchen.co.uk a mysterious death [Read] ➱ Crysis By Peter Watts – Kleankitchen.co.uk family secrets [KINDLE] ❀ Fractured (Will Trent, Author Karin Slaughter – Kleankitchen.co.uk and affairs aplenty The Secret Rooms is an enthralling ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☂ Ghost Author Fred Burton – Kleankitchen.co.uk page turning true story that reads like an Agatha Christie novel 3.5 When Catherine Bailey goes to Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, it was with the intention of writing a book about the impact of World War I, on the Duke of Rutland s estate Let into rooms that had been closed, the 9th Duke having died in them, she finds a treasure trove of letters and other historical documents, she also finds a mystery Certain time frames have had all letters and documents from all members of the family excised The mystery of why is too much to ignore and so the focus of 3.5 When Catherine Bailey goes to Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, it was with the intention of writing a book about the impact of World War I, on the Duke of Rutland s estate Let into rooms that had been closed, the 9th Duke having died in them, she finds a treasure trove of letters and other historical documents, she also finds a mystery Certain time frames have had all letters and documents from all members of the family excised The mystery of why is too much to ignore and so the focus of her book changes It was very interesting following her as she attempts to piece together the why of the missing documents Loved following her mind as she makes, at first small, and then larger discoveries The dukes remaining letters create a vivid picture of the lives and morals of the very top of Edwardian society From a tragic happening in his youth, to his enlistment in World War I, and his marriage we get a clear glimpse of what life was like for this Duke Speaking of dysfunctional families, this family had it all His mother the Duchess was a major r piece of work, and his father not much better I did understand and excuse certain things about his father, because he was under enormous pressure to keep up appearances and the large family estate together at a time when all fortunes were declining The letters detailing his life in the war and the reason he did not go to the front, were very illuminating From other letters in his possession and the facts uncovered by the author we get a horrifying look at the War, the battle of Ypres, and the major cost of lives on this estate alone Over two hundred young and older men would die in the war.IF I have one complaint I think a few of these letters could have been kept out without a detrimental effect on the story, they sometimes just seemed like overkill All in all though this is a solid look at lives of the last few Dukes of Rutland and the uncovering of a mystery that was 1 2 century in the making Also loved that the author doesn t just end the book but lets us know the fate of all the leading players Very solid and interesting historical The author drags you along for over 600 pages, promising revelations, secrets revealed, mind boggling suspense What you get is a dry history full of a largely unsympathetic main character, his aggravating and shrilly selfish mother, and the rest of his detestable family One of the main secrets is never actually even explained, but constantly brought up throughout the book Excellent reading fodder if you are trapped on a plane with nothing else to do for about eight hours. I am not giving this book any stars because as much as I tried to get into this book each page was a chore to read Labeled a gothic mystery it should have been labeled a informational documentary I read the first 45 percent or a littleof this book I did find the history good, author Catherine Bailey really did her research, the story was interesting me being a history buff However it read so boring as just informational The pictures were nice that were in the book I only wish I had e I am not giving this book any stars because as much as I tried to get into this book each page was a chore to read Labeled a gothic mystery it should have been labeled a informational documentary I read the first 45 percent or a littleof this book I did find the history good, author Catherine Bailey really did her research, the story was interesting me being a history buff However it read so boring as just informational The pictures were nice that were in the book I only wish I had enough muster to read the entire book I however could not bring myself to that much boredom I do see on the review thread of this book that it has mixed reviews so this is just one of those hit or miss books You either love it or not Me not An absolutely corking tale, better by far than most novels I ve read recently I don t think I ve ever read a non fic book with so many cliff hangers My one and only bug bear and it is but a small gripe is with the chapters on the Great War where there is, to my mind, a lot of superfluous detail about the war Obviously some historical background is necessary, to put the events of John s life into context I don t think we needed quite so much as we got I can t help but feel that Catherine B An absolutely corking tale, better by far than most novels I ve read recently I don t think I ve ever read a non fic book with so many cliff hangers My one and only bug bear and it is but a small gripe is with the chapters on the Great War where there is, to my mind, a lot of superfluous detail about the war Obviously some historical background is necessary, to put the events of John s life into context I don t think we needed quite so much as we got I can t help but feel that Catherine Bailey s original intention to write a book about the Belvoir Volunteers the mysterious army of ploughmen, horsemen and field workers , an entire generation lost to the war meant she found herself with a lot of surplus to requirements research on her hands that was such good stuff, she was determined to put it in anyway It s interesting stuff in its own right, but it s not all pertinent to John s story and it does slow the otherwise terrific pace dreadfully.It is my only complaint and it s a VERY small one In every respect, this is a richly detailed, beautifully but not overly descriptive, engaging and terrifically well written biography of a privileged life withthan its fair share of mysteries It s a crying shame Ms Bailey never discovered the whole truth about Haddon s death I so wanted to know It seems John covered the details around that particular tragedy far too well.The Secret Rooms is a wonderfully good read It s 450 pages long and I read it in 3 days, I just couldn t put it down A brilliant book Highly recommended This started out so well and with such promise a castle filled with intrigue, a plotting duchess and a mysterious death I was hooked from the first page What was the big mystery I loved finding out as Catherine Bailey picked away at clues, painstakingly researching this very well written book Then about halfway through I began to suspect that we d never really learn the truth There were too many gaps in the letters, too much of a cover up of events long past The little facts that were g This started out so well and with such promise a castle filled with intrigue, a plotting duchess and a mysterious death I was hooked from the first page What was the big mystery I loved finding out as Catherine Bailey picked away at clues, painstakingly researching this very well written book Then about halfway through I began to suspect that we d never really learn the truth There were too many gaps in the letters, too much of a cover up of events long past The little facts that were gleaned, were by that time very disappointing What started out as an eager What happened, what happened, what happened turned into a disappointed Oh, was that it What the hell was this No seriously what the hell At first I was apprehensive about reading this but knowing my reading history, I like to give every book a chance Unfortunately I wanted to personally rip out every page of this book and not recycle anything I did not have a clue what this book was about, does it suppose to be mystery Ohh creepy, horrific, thrilling right Puh please this book is abominably bad, not even worth the time or effort For the life of me, I do not understand why What the hell was this No seriously what the hell At first I was apprehensive about reading this but knowing my reading history, I like to give every book a chance Unfortunately I wanted to personally rip out every page of this book and not recycle anything I did not have a clue what this book was about, does it suppose to be mystery Ohh creepy, horrific, thrilling right Puh please this book is abominably bad, not even worth the time or effort For the life of me, I do not understand why books like this get critically praised, maybe it is not my type of genre or whatever This book was just atrociously bad, just pathetic Find this and other reviews at ve been bouncing around thoughts on Catherine Bailey s The Secret Rooms for a couple of weeks now, vainly trying to convince myself that I don t know what I want to say when in reality I ve just been putting off a review I wasn t in the mood to write Something about wanting to like a bookthan I did, having to rectify deflated expectations against the reality of experience, call me crazy but it just doesn t insight m Find this and other reviews at ve been bouncing around thoughts on Catherine Bailey s The Secret Rooms for a couple of weeks now, vainly trying to convince myself that I don t know what I want to say when in reality I ve just been putting off a review I wasn t in the mood to write Something about wanting to like a bookthan I did, having to rectify deflated expectations against the reality of experience, call me crazy but it just doesn t insight much enthusiasm Now, before I get too far ahead of myself I want to say I love the mystery Bailey uncovered at Belvoir Castle I think it a genuinely authentic intrigue that says a lot about the family s dynamics, society in the early twentieth century, etc and so on Honestly, if The Secret Rooms were streamlined exclusively to the mystery surrounding John Henry Montagu Manners, 9th Duke of Rutland, and restructured to follow a chronological timeline of his movements, I d be giving this book four stars if not five, but that s not Bailey s style No, Bailey skips back and forth over the established timeline, making it necessary for the reader to piece together events from a chaotic hodgepodge of information and often follows random tangents about flowers, sunlight or minor characters for pages before returning to her central story She also tends to make mountains out of mole hills, routinely overemphasizing events that are only loosely related to her primary subject and finally, her penchant for repeating herself ad nauseam isthan a little annoying Could I overlook the mechanics of the text and focus on Bailey s thesis Of course, but I can t say I m particularly inclined to do so Why Probably because I felt the same way about Bailey s 2008 release, Black Diamonds Bailey has a nose for unearthing provocatively alluring material, but superior subject matter aside, her haphazard construction and irregular formatting make her books somewhat tedious and at times, frustratingly incoherent Page 28 Whatever it was that kept the Duke closeted in his secret rooms in the last hours of his life haunted his family too Shortly after he died, his son, Charles, the 10th Duke of Rutland, closed them In 1999, almost sixty years later, they were finally opened to outsiders Today, only a handful of people have been inside them.Page 58 Had I stumbled across something Was there a link between the missing war letters and whatever it was the family had wanted to hide Page 59 Briefly, I explain Page 28 Whatever it was that kept the Duke closeted in his secret rooms in the last hours of his life haunted his family too Shortly after he died, his son, Charles, the 10th Duke of Rutland, closed them In 1999, almost sixty years later, they were finally opened to outsiders Today, only a handful of people have been inside them.Page 58 Had I stumbled across something Was there a link between the missing war letters and whatever it was the family had wanted to hide Page 59 Briefly, I explained what I had discovered how, after 6 July 1915, until December of that year, there was a large gap in the family s correspondence, and that the start of this void coincided with the date John s war diary had stopped.Page 99 I focused on the three missing periods There was the gap in the summer of 1915 when John had been on the Western front, and which had begun with the blank pages in his war diary Then there was the one in the summer of 1909 the year he was at the embassy in Rome The third gap in 1894 was the most mysterious of all The bought that John had felt compelled to cover up an event in his childhood was disquieting.In order to avoid spoilers, I won t add anything else concerning the Rutland s family secrets.The author made a meticulous research work involving the reader in this suspenseful book.I am looking forward for her first book written, The Black Diamonds.NY Times review


About the Author: Catherine Bailey

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