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Glenallen

By (author) Mary Ryan
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Cork University Press, Cork, Ireland
Imprint: Attic Press
Published: 30th Sep 1991
Dimensions: h 180mm
ISBN-10: 1855940248
ISBN-13: 9781855940246
Barcode No: 9781855940246

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Set in 1930 County Galway, a glossily satisfying novel of romantic suspense (this Irish author's first to be published here) with all the cherished staples: a gilded family with at least one sinister nut embedded within, old houses, and, here, even a touch of the supernatural tuned to the evil-repellent heroine. Peg Donlon, of a struggling farm family, wen-off Cissie, and Mary are fast chums in boarding school, and all will be touched - heavily - by the whims and ways of the elegant Fitzallens, owners of the estate of Glenallen, crouched in the shadow of the "fairy mountain" Knockshee. Handsome Peter Fitzallen, adored by Cissie, does deign to semi-court her now and then; his brother Brian woos and wins Peg; and Mary has a gauzy future in which a Frenchman, Lucien, may be dimly seen. Also prominent in the Fitzallen family is sister Harriet - cold, cruel and lethal. Dreadful events lie ahead for the three friends: murders, attempted and accomplished, psychic crippling, and suicide. It is during WW II, with Peg married and a mother, that the fairy mountain tells a tale, and in the Epilogue, a ghostly presence writes finis to a tragic mystery. For the tragedy-and-teacup audience, a well-crafted entertainment. (Kirkus Reviews)