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The Midnight Queen

May Agnes Fleming

Book Overview: 

The Midnight Queen is set in London, in the year of the plague 1665. Sir Norman Kingsley visits the soothsayer "La Masque" who shows him the vision of a beautiful young lady. Falling madly in love with her, he is astonished to find her only a short time later and saves her from being buried alive. He takes her home to care for her, but while he fetches a doctor, she disappears. Sir Kingsley and his friend Ormistan embark on an adventure to solve the mystery of the young lady - will they ever find her again?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .That's just what I wanted to tell you, sir, but I was afraid to speak before him. I think he lives up in that same old ruin you were inquiring about—at least, he is often seen hanging around there; but people are too much afraid of him to ask him any questions. Ah, sir, it's a strange place, that ruin, and there be strange stories afloat about it," said the man, with a portentious shake of the head.

"What are they?" inquired Sir Norman. "I should particularly like to know."

"Well, sir, for one thing, some folks say it is haunted, on account of the queer lights and noises about it, sometimes; but, again, there be other folks, sir, that say the ghosts are alive, and that he"—nodding toward the door—"is a sort of ringleader among them."

"And who are they that cut up such cantrips in the old place, pray?"

"Lord only knows, sir. I'm sure I don't. I never go near it myself; but there are others who have, and some of . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I totally found this by accident but I'm so glad I did, what a weird little gem of a story :)

This tale set at the time of the great plague of London in 1665 is a tad bit drawn out. The plot is alright, its rather interesting actually, but maybe it should have been a bit shorter.
The fantasy/occult/historical fiction tale starts with Sir Norman Kingsley being told about a mystique La Masque,

This book is weird. The strangest characters. I think it's historical romance, but reads as a grotesque fantasy set in time of th great plague! YUK

I was listening to this online, but once I got access to Overdrive audios that have a much larger selection, I haven't been back to it. This is another one of those that I feel I really need to finish. I should make that a priority once things slow down a bit more.

In order to give you some idea of just how deliciously dreadful this novel is, would it suffice to inform you that one of the two male leads falls in love with a woman whose face he has never seen, while the other falls in love with a woman who has just died of the plague!

Fear not, the second lady r

Great gothic novel. Very enjoyable.