In honor of the impending spook-fest, I’ve been in full-on Gothic mode this week. The weather has been cooperating by raining relentlessly.
I started with Patricia Wentworth’s The Benevent Treasure, which I was assured by a friend was the most Gothic of the Miss Silver novels (ingenue heroine, left penniless by the death of her aunt, entertains an invitation to visit estranged family in their eerie manor house in the shadow of a hill). No ghosts, but plenty of skullduggery, legends of missing treasure, and human malice.
From there, I moved on to the classically creepy Mexican Gothic, which has all the elements of the traditional Gothic: the mysterious house, the mysterious family, the spunky heroine finding herself increasingly beset by forces beyond her control– but fighting them. But there’s a twist to it all. The ghosts might be something more than just ghosts….
What have you been reading this week?