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Downton Abbey meets The Woman in Black - E. F. Benson, famed author of Mapp and Lucia, and much admired by WH Auden, Nancy Mitford and Noel Coward, proves himself a master of murder mystery, ghost story and country-house crime in this whodunit.
In a Holbein portrait above the grand old fireplace, Francis Vail, second baronet, brandishes a beautiful golden goblet, encrusted with pearls, rubies and emeralds. But this treasure, The Luck of the Vails, has since brought the family nothing but ruin and death. On the eve of his twenty-first birthday, Harry Vail discovers the Luck hidden in the attic of his ancestral home, the family curse is reawoken, and a tale of madness, avarice and murder unfolds. While not exactly gay, E.F. Benson's homosexuality and very entertaining arch style of writing gives much delight for those looking for a 'queer' reading.
Paperback, 320 Pages, Orig. Publ. 1901, This Ed. Publ. 2013
Author: E.F. Benson