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Tom Ossington's Ghost

Richard Marsh

Book Overview: 

Madge and Ella have lived at Clover Cottage for six weeks when a series of strange events begin to occur. A gentleman who arrives asking for a piano lesson from Madge, suddenly bolts out the back door and over the hedge when he sees a rough-looking character watching him from the street in front of the cottage. This man in turn, runs away when he sees a shabbily dressed woman come around the corner. The woman, marches into the cottage, declaring that the cottage is haunted, and she is the wife of the ghost! An attempted burglary, and a cryptic note left at the scene, just add to the mystery.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And I put it in the mite's wee hand. It took it--yes, it took it. It closed its fingers right round it, and gave it quite a squeeze--yes, quite a squeeze. Then it loosened its hold. It was dead. Dead upon the pillow.--And it's there now. Can't you see it lying on the pillow, with a smile on its face? a smile! Can't you see the ghost?"

Stooping, the woman made pretence to kiss the lips of some one who was lying just beneath her. It might have been that to her the thing was no pretence, and that, as in a vision, the dead lips did indeed touch hers. Then, drawing herself erect again, she broke into another of her discordant laughs. Throwing out her arms on either side of her, she exclaimed in strident tones:

"Ghosts! Ghosts! The place is full of them--I see them everywhere. I touch them, hear them all the time. They've been with me all through the years, wherever I've been--and where haven't I been? My God--in heaven. . . Read More

Community Reviews

“Do any of you believe in ghosts? –in disembodied spirits assuming a corporeal shape? – in the dead returning from their graves? Or is a man who thinks he sees a ghost, who knows he sees a ghost, who knows that a ghost is a continual attendant of his waking and of his sleeping hours alike – must...more

Madge is an as yet unrecognised writer scraping by on piano tutoring, until three rude strangers push themselves into her home, all speaking the name of Tom Ossington.
I gingerly picked this as a Halloween read and despite my fears (since you never really know with curveball twists Marsh) I am hap...more

Fun book! I loved the writing style and the storyline.

Good story, entertaining and much better than The Beetle.

This story was quite an unexpected package. At first I thought it was a cozy little mystery, with a bit of romance, humour and ghostliness thrown in. The main characters were likable and the plot travelled at a good pace. But as the story developed darker themes emerged and I realised the author...more

Good old fashioned ghost story...more

This is a brilliant little tale. I classify it as more of a mystery than horror, despite there being a ghost as a character. I love the style, and the characters. Well worth the read. I don't know why this author isn't talked about more.