Amy Stuart is a blogger for Australia’s biggest paranormal magazine. Her elderly aunt in England summons her to collect her legacy and Amy is delighted when she convinces her boss to pay for the trip by promising to investigate Francis Dashwood’s Hellfire club and other spots of supernatural activity. On arrival in England Amy finds her aunt dead in the house and a creepy note warning her of danger and the Dashwood Trust. Almost immediately Amy is surrounded by friends of her aunt, the old nextdoor neighbour Miranda, the gorgeous Declan who becomes her tour guide and the equally attractive Nick. But something feels strange and a little off to Amy who admits she is a magnet for the paranormal. As Amy learns more about Dashwood she finds herself pulled deeper into a mystery that goes back centuries, one that may very nearly get her killed.
The Dashwood Haunting is a fast-paced, enjoyable read. For history enthusiasts there are tons of interesting facts and anecdotes of the past and intriguing tales of secret societies and alchemists. Amy is a down-to-earth young woman that female readers will easily identify with. Smart, witty and single but very much up for some harmless fun, she is a joy to read as she comes to grips with English culture and their love of drinking tea. Nyland throws in lots of pop culture references (Buffy, X-Files, the demise of Murdoch’s News of the World), which affords the story a contemporary feel. Although categorised as a paranormal romance, The Dashwood Haunting is more of a drama with supernatural elements and the romance is not central. Light but intelligent reading.
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