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Subject: Similar to The Thirteenth Tale
Date Posted: 7/29/2008 3:31 PM ET
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I recently finished The Thirteenth Tale and loved it!  Any recs for similar books?

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 4:16 PM ET
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I've heard good things about Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier, but I haven't read it yet.

Subject: If you liked The Thirteenth Tale....
Date Posted: 7/29/2008 4:45 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/29/2008 4:57 PM ET
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Anna, that's a really cool link. Thanks!

Mimi, Rebecca is actually on my reminder list. I'll definitely have to give it a go.

Date Posted: 7/30/2008 8:58 AM ET
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Shadow of the Wind is one of my favs, so I'm throwing a vote in for that but you should really check out Carol Goodman.  (I just checked and some are WLed here, but there are some in the system to order as well...)  I remember writing a review of The Ghost Orchid : A Novel and comparing it to a rollercoaster ride through a haunted house, you know where it's going to end up, but it's one heck of an eerie ride. 

The opening lines:

I came to Bosco for the quiet.

That's what it's famous for.

The silence reigns each day between the hours of nine and five by order of a hundred-year-old decree made by a woman who lies dead beneath the rosebushes-a silence guarded by four hundred acres of wind sifting through white pines with a sound like a mother saying hush. The silence stretches into the still, warm afternoon until it melts into the darkest part of the garden where spiders spin their tunnel-shaped webs in the box-hedge maze. Just before dusk the wind, released from the pines, blows into the dry pipes of the marble fountain, swirls into the grotto, and creeps up the hill, into the gaping mouths of the satyrs, caressing the breasts of the sphinxes, snaking up the cental fountain-allée, and onto the terrace, where it exhales its resin- and copper-tinged breath onto the glasses and crystal decanters laid out on the balustrade

The Lake of Dead Languages, The Drowning Tree, Seduction of Water all are in the system...but The Ghost Orchid : A Novel is my favourite.

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Date Posted: 7/30/2008 10:30 AM ET
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Meghan, That sounds right up my alley! My list is growing longer every day.

Date Posted: 7/30/2008 12:32 PM ET
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I second 'Shadow of the Wind'.  It's not the same local - England - as 13th Tale, but long drawn out mystery.  I couldn't quite figure out where the story was going and it didn't come together until the end.  Very sophisticated read; took me awhile to get through but very satisfying conclusion.

Date Posted: 7/30/2008 3:12 PM ET
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The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, which I really enjoyed.  Also Angelica by Arthur Phillips, which wasn't one of my favorites but a lot of other people really liked.  And I second Rebecca, its one of my favorites.