An evocation of Belle- Epoque decadence, mystery and sophistication


London, 1876

The painter Amos Roselli is in love with his life-long friend and model, the beautiful Daphne - and she with him - until one day she is discovered by another man, a powerful and wealthy industrialist.

What will happen when Daphne realises she has sacrificed her happiness to a loveless marriage? What will happen when the artist realises he has lost his most cherished source of inspiration? And how will they negotiate the ever-increasing frequency of strange and bizarre events that seem to be driving them relentlessly towards self-destruction?

Here, amid the extravagant Neo-Gothic culture of Victorian England, the iconic poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’ blends with mysterious and ghostly glimpses of Tudor history. Romantic, atmospheric and deeply dark.
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Reading time:

approximately 12 hours.


Print editions:

ISBN 978-1658772273

422 pages en-gb.

Library and bookshops

: ask for ISBN 978-1506025858




“An awesome Gothic Victorian  tale … that will keep you engaged from the first page until the end.”
Charla Wilson, Book Talk with Charla
“There is plenty of action and a fair smattering of terror together with the romance and beauty ever-present in Mr Parry’s work. It is with great pleasure that I wholeheartedly recommend this book to you.” Kirsty Stonell Walker, author and biographer
“A Mysterious and exciting novel … I was hooked from the first page.”
Stephanie Pina, the Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood
“Will delight those who enjoy mannered characters, uncommon plots and a slight bit of mystery.”
Arleigh Johnson,
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  Historical, noir fiction from the closing years of the reign of Queen Victoria (or the Fin de Siècle  - the end of the 19th century)

●  Characters faced with moral conflicts, including the choice of forgiveness versus revenge; faith versus cynicism; order versus disorder, and genuine mystical experience versus the sensuality and temptations of cult worship.

●  An atmosphere of romance, decadence and magical realism is set within a framework of traditional adventure and heroic questing.

●  Further topics include female emancipation and self-determination; the rise of the ‘new woman,’ the popular press and London’s Fleet Street, and hidden forces of wealth, vice and manipulation.

●  Gothic locations, including castles and mountains and the remote countryside of Scotland and central Europe, alongside late-Victorian London, Vienna, Paris and various cities in Germany.
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