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Witching Hill

E. W. Hornung

Book Overview: 

The adventures of two young men, which may or may not have to do with the supernatural.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .If only he had! And yet I believe we all three thought the better of him because he had not.

But it was not too late, thanks to me! I could not reveal the boat or line by which Royle was travelling, because it had never occurred to me to inquire, but Coysh seemed confident of finding out. His confidence was of the childlike type which is the foible of some strong men. He knew exactly what he was going to do, and it sounded the simplest thing in the world. Royle would be met on the other side by a cable which would bring him to his senses—and by one of Pinkerton's young men who would shadow him until it did. Either he would cable back the uttermost farthing through his bank, or that young man would tap him on the shoulder without more ado. It was delightful to watch a powerful mind clearing wire entanglements of detail in its leap to a picturesque conclusion; and we had further displays for our benefit; for there was no up-train for an hour and more, and tha. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Written in 1913, this is a story composed of several episodes involving possible supernatural explanations taking place in a newly developed residential community out of an estate whose ancestor was a very unsavory character. An present day relative believes the events are connected to this perso...more

I'm very glad I stumbled upon this book, if only for the character of Uvo Delavoye, who I found to be extremely likeable.

Witching Hill is essentially a collection of loosely connected mystery stories with a hint of the supernatural, each starring Delavoye and Gillon as a kind of Holmes and Watso...more

A new (1913) housing estate is built on land once owned by a debauched and diabolic aristo. Modern renters succumb to influence, which is combated by rental agent and his friend, a descendant of the old devil.

Hornung's light touch is perfect.

I believe I've read all of E.W.Hornung's books now and this is the least engaging. There are a few surreal scenes I enjoyed, such as viewing a dinner party apparently happening in the past.