Genre: Gothic Mystery
Publisher: Orion (2006)
Audio CD read by Juliet Stevenson
Vida Winter, the most famous novelist in England and quite possibly the world, has never been forthcoming when it comes to her past. Her entire life is a secret, and for fifty years reporters and biographers have attempted to discover the truth. With her health quickly fading, Ms. Winter enlists a bookish amateur biographer named Margaret Lea to bear witness to the tragic story of the Angelfield family, their eccentric beginnings as well as their demise. Margaret, who has family secrets of her own, must unravel the mysteries of the past in order to reconcile not only Miss Winter with her ghosts, but also Margaret with her own.
This story only came alive for me about half way through, up until then I found it quite slow and wasn't sure where it was heading but as soon as Margaret started to unravel Vida Winter's family secrets I was engrossed. I also loved the character of the mild and friendly Aurelius Love who lived alone and was well known in the local village for his baking skills, which I thought was quite unusual!
Juliet Stevenson's narration was perfect and easy to listen to.
TITLE: THE THIRTEENTH TALE
AUTHOR: DIANE SETTERFIELD