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An Inquiry Into Love and Death
An Inquiry Into Love and Death | Simone St. James
150 posts | 59 read | 65 to read
Oxford student Jillian arrives to settle the affairs of her uncle, a ghost hunter who died under mysterious circumstances, and becomes convinced that a ghost is telling her that her uncle was murdered, as a handsome Scotland Yard inspector arrives to help her.
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jen_the_scribe
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I couldn‘t put this one down, and when I was forced to, I did so begrudgingly. A tale with twists and turns, intricately woven and full of interesting characters. It starts with a mysterious death in a small haunted town and slowly reveals more shady circumstances. I need to read more ghostly mysteries. Thanks for another great recommendation @IndoorDame #NewYearWhoDis #NYWD22 @monalyisha

SRWCF I like the cover. 📖 📕 📘 📗 5mo
IndoorDame Glad you liked this!!! This was the first of her books I read, but I‘ve loved everything I‘ve read by her since, and she‘s quickly becoming a must read author for me. 5mo
jen_the_scribe @IndoorDame Good to know! I looked up her other books and added a couple to my wish list 😁 5mo
jen_the_scribe @SRWCF Me too! From her other books, her publishers have great designers because I like most of the covers 😊 5mo
monalyisha OoOo this one sounds fun! 5mo
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jen_the_scribe
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We all slept in and had a late breakfast, so this is where my Luna girl and I will be until lunch 😊 It‘s been so long since I‘ve had a lazy Saturday. #DogsofLitsy

Leftcoastzen Awww! Enjoy your lazy Saturday! 5mo
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jen_the_scribe
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The car line for parent pick up can be frustrating, but I usually enjoy myself this way 😁 (we‘re parked, not driving)

Aims42 This is why I always bring a book along, Bookworms are never bored 🥰 5mo
jen_the_scribe @Aims42 A truer statement has never been spoken! 5mo
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CBee
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#12booksof2021 #October @Andrew65
Decided to read some spooky stories in October, and these were both perfect for that. I‘ve read four of Simone‘s books now - she‘s a favorite ♥️😊

RebeccaRoo7 I had no idea that she also wrote these. I was only aware of her more popular ones. Good to know!! 6mo
CBee @RebeccaRoo7 happy to help 😊 These are less well known - I read two of her more recent popular ones and loved them. Her style shifted a bit - different time periods. Great spooky ghost stories 😁 6mo
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Librarybelle
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Thank you, @Andrew65 , for tagging me for #12booksof2021 !

January, I read a few 4 star reads, but this one was a 5 star read. I absolutely loved the spooky nature of this - ghost hunting in the early 20th century with enough sinister villagers to make you wonder what is going on. And things that go bump in the night…literally…

This was the second St James I had read, and I realized how much of a fan I am of her books thanks to this one.

Andrew65 A great choice 6mo
Crazeedi I was thinking o read this! But I checked and I didnt, hmmm 6mo
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Librarybelle @kspenmoll I plan to join in! It‘s thanks to the #SundayBuddyRead that I started to read St James. I have the January schedule saved and am ready to go! 😁 6mo
TheBookHippie I'm so excited for January!!!! 6mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Eggs Pretty 🖤🧣👓 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Ghost
#Haunted

👻🖤🧡

Soubhiville This is a great photo! That place definitely looks like it has ghost potential! 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Soubhiville thank you!! This old house is on my dad‘s land and has been there for over 100 years!! I agree! Definitely ghost potential! 👻🖤 9mo
AmyG Yes…great photo. That makes me wonder who lived there and what life was like back then. (edited) 9mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG I can find out!! 9mo
AmyG Let me know. I am always so fascinated by old houses…what went on there. (edited) 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG I will ❤️ 9mo
Eggs Beautiful photo and great author💙📚🖤 9mo
SusanLee Love the photo 😘 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @SusanLee thank you!! 💗 9mo
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CBee
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Flew through this one! Decided October was the perfect time for some ghosty stories, and this one fit the bill for sure! A fabulously independent and intelligent heroine, a swoony police inspector, a resident ghost, family secrets, a coastal English town, and murder mysteries to boot! Loved it!

AmyG I really enjoyed this one, too. 9mo
CBee @AmyG I checked out The Haunting of Maddy Clare from the library as well, will probably start it next! Just in the mood for ghost stories I think 👻 9mo
kspenmoll This was so enjoyable as all her books are for me! 9mo
CBee @kspenmoll have you seen that she has a new one coming out next year? (edited) 9mo
kspenmoll @CBee I had no idea! Thanks! 9mo
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Thanks for the tag @hannah-leeloo

I don't have outdoor space at home, so indoors it is near a window.

Am I? Don't ask me how I do it! #sundaybuddyread #booked2021 #pop21 #thatsclassic #foodandlit #bookspinbingo #authoramonth #FairyTaleReadingChallenge and maybe #education21 & #YApril

Care to play? @AlysonCE @Apostcardlife @peanutnine

#thoughtfulthursday @moonwitch94

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 😊💗💐📚 1y
Apostcardlife Haha that first question "in the spring" feels leading! ? I do mostly read indoors and, hadn't thought about it, but mostly at night, but I did just recently put a little table out on my patio & have been wanting to make it a special little "Me" place out there so, who knows! Second, no photo or book challenges for this month... so far! But plenty of reading, nonetheless. ? 1y
Apostcardlife Also thanks for the tag! 💗 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Apostcardlife I think you're now obligated to occasionally read on the patio to make up for those of us living the suburban downtown apartment life who don't have patios. 🤣 Thanks for playing along! 1y
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JackOBotts
Inquiry Into Love and Death | Simone St James
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My March #bookspin did not disappoint! I‘m a Simone St. James fan, and have enjoyed discovering her earlier titles and strong, independent female leads. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Kimberlone
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Catching up on reviews from the end of January...

I can‘t say I loved this one as much as the rest of the #SundayBuddyRead crew, but I did still like it a lot. Loved the moody setting and 1920s time period. There were parts that were kind of boring, and I zoned out in the audiobook narration, but the plot was still interesting for the most part. I think the romance worked better with the more ambiguous ending before the epilogue. 3 ⭐️

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Damn it feels good to finally have another 5-star read! This book has everything: mystery, ghosts, strong female lead, a potential love interest, a picturesque English village, and a cozy cottage of you don't mind a ghost potentially being your roommate. (/end of my Stefon impression) This book kept me guessing and gave me just enough to let my imagination run a little wild. I wanted maybe a little more at the end, but that's just nitpicky.

TheBookHippie This one I enjoyed thoroughly !! 1y
kspenmoll This was wonderful!!! 1y
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AmyG I loved it. I am reading Queenie now and it makes me miss this book. 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @AmyG I've seen lots of differing reviews of Queenie. Hopefully it'll at least give us a good discussion. I'll start it Friday or Saturday. 1y
BiblioLitten @AmyG I almost bailed on Queenie, and wasn‘t sure if I liked the character. She grew on me though and I ended up feeling happy for her. 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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rjsthumbelina
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I am officially a fan of Ms. St. James. This one had a wonderful, sometimes creepy sleepy quiet historical town as its setting. A town with a ghost. Jillian leaves Oxford to come here after the death of her uncle. She stays to unravel the mysteries of the town, her uncle's death, and the ghosts that seem so present.

#sundaybuddyread @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie

TheBookHippie 🤍🤍🤍welcome to the club! 1y
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DarkMina
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10 of 2021. This is my second book by Simone St. James. This book had intrigue, suspense and plenty of twists and turns to keep me engaged in the story. I loved Jillian. Such a strong intelligent woman. Glad I joined the #sundaybuddyread to read this book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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DebinHawaii
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I thank #sundaybuddyread for introducing me to Simone St. James with The Sun Down Motel. This is the 2nd of her books I‘ve read & enjoyed. She writes a good gothic-leaning mystery. I loved the history, ghostly & romantic elements she wove together for a story that kept me wanting to find out what happened from beginning to end. Jillian, our MC is brave, smart & easy to root for & I liked the many turns the story took. Good stormy day/night read.🌫

AmyG This was my second of hers, too. I really enjoyed it! 1y
Karisa Ha! I didn't realize both books had the same author until I read your post!🤦‍♀️ They felt completely different to me (probably due to time periods) but I liked them both so much! 1y
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Jari-chan
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My first book for #Sundaybuddyread

This one's not as strong as The Sun Down Motel, but it also is quite a few years older. But one can already see the talent in St. James' writing - she really worked on her skills and that's I think was her newer book that good.

I enjoyed the first half of the book, but then it got a little low for me. The love story wasn't mine at all and the solution was a bit... predictable.

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DebinHawaii
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I really meant to finish up this week but I slept more than read when I wasn‘t working. So having a late🍿dinner & reading to the end for tomorrow‘s final #sundaybuddyread discussion.

Bookwormjillk Seems like a perfect night! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎉🎊📚 1y
mdemanatee Popcorn dinner of champions (I also had popcorn dinner last night 😂) 1y
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cwarnier
Mehso-so

Over all this was not my favorite book, but I am also not a huge fan of ghost stories.
I do/ did enjoy the Sunday discussions each week.
#Sundaybuddyread

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kspenmoll
Inquiry Into Love and Death | Simone St James
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#joyousJanuary #sundaybuddyread #overbookedclub #audiomystery #Islandlife #sealife
I just realized as I was posting this, that each of these books is either set in the ocean, in islands by the sea, in inlets or rivers. Water and people‘s relationship with it is a predominant theme. As for me, I visit the sea as often as I can, and live within walking distance to a river. Aquarius I am.
Finished 3. Working on Mapmaker‘s goal.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful covers!!! 1y
valeriegeary I love it when that kind of book serendipity happens! 1y
TheBookHippie Ocean is my second love of my life 💙 1y
Andrew65 Doing great. 👏👏👏 1y
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Sargar114
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Not a book I would normally pick, but so glad I did. After her Uncle‘s mysterious death, Jillian goes to the small town of Rothewell to sort out his affairs and finds herself caught up in a mystery that is much more than she bargained for. Full of twists and turns and touches of romance and supernatural. Would recommend especially if you‘re already a fan of St. James‘ other work. Read for #sundaybuddyread and Bernie cause I can‘t get enough.

Sargar114 Also square 21 for #bookspinbingo 1y
erinreads I can‘t look at any picture on the internet now without looking for Bernie! 😂 1y
AmyG This is FABULOUS! @TheBookHippie (edited) 1y
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vlwelser 😂😂😂😂 this is awesome 1y
TheBookHippie Omg!!!!!! Peeing myself 🤣🤣🤣✊🏼✊🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
CoffeeAndABook Perfect 👌🏼😂😂😂 1y
DebinHawaii Brilliant! 🤣🤣🤣 1y
JaclynW I still love to see all of the Bernies. 🤣❤️👏 1y
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BookwormAHN
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Loved it and I can't wait for the discussion on Sunday ladies 😸
#SundayBuddyRead

kspenmoll Me too!!! 1y
LibrarianRyan Just FYI I got your box. Yeahhh. I‘ll take pics as soon as I can. 1y
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mollyrotondo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ So I love this author. This was yet another fantastic mystery/ghost story. I loved the 1920s England setting and the strong intellectual female main character. All the “suspects” were great. St. James had me guessing until the very end. I very much recommend to mystery lovers! Thank you #Sundaybuddyread for picking another one by this author! This was my #bookspinbingo No. 21 pick

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PatriciaU
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I have not been able to sleep for days, and have started listening to this audiobook. The narrator‘s voice is so soothing, but the story is so good it‘s not helping lull me to sleep! So tired.

TheBookAddict Have you tried the Calm app? Melatonin? 1y
TheBookHippie I feel ya. I just went through a long bout of it. 1y
Tamra Lavender? 1y
rachelsbrittain So sorry! I've been having a bad spell of insomnia / poor sleep lately but nothing that bad. Hope it gets better soon 💛 1y
kspenmoll That‘s awful- so sorry! 1y
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catebutler
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A quiet evening - laundry tumbling in the dryer, a current read for #SundayBuddyRead (I‘m enjoying immensely), shortbread cookies and a cup of mint verbena tea. I find I usually sleep better, when my day ends like this. ☕️📖 🛌 Although, this book does have a bit of the spook factor. Reader be warned! 😳

vivastory Hey, what would be the best way to get in touch to discuss date/time for Feb discussion & the discussion questions? Are you on GR? 1y
catebutler @vivastory I do have GR, https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2064042-catie If you want to shoot me a DM, on there we can figure out the best way to discuss. 1y
vivastory Great! Thanks 1y
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kspenmoll
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#sundaybuddyread #joyousjanuary

Something came from the water.
It lifted from the waves a long, dark, head...

Terrified, frozen, Jillian watched this emerging thing in dread.

Finished this tonight. This is her 2nd book published (2013). The first was The Haunting of Maddy Clare( 2012) which is our May 2021 buddy read.

AmyG Apparently John also swims. 🤣 1y
kspenmoll @AmyG Love your humor! I laughed out loud. Swimming John!!! 1y
Andrew65 Well, done👏👏👏👏 1y
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vlwelser
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I definitely liked this but it's not my favorite book by this author. I definitely recommend it if you like a murder mystery or a ghost story.

#SundayBuddyRead with @TheBookHippie and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks final discussion Sunday. Until then 🤐🤐🤐

#BookSpinBingo square 1
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
TheBookHippie 🤐🤐🤐 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 1y
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Helen19
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I nearly skipped on this #sundaybuddyread when I couldn‘t get a physical copy but I‘m so glad I didn‘t. Thank you for choosing it and for the discussions so far @TheBookHippie - looking forward to the next two in the schedule by same author.

TheBookHippie YAY!!! 1y
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CoffeeNBooks
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Another great Simone St. James mystery! Jillian goes to the seaside town of Rothewell to pack up her recently deceased uncle's belongings. Rothewell is haunted by Walking John, a ghost, and Jillian thinks the ghost might have something to do with her uncle's death. #SundayBuddyRead
#LitsyAtoZ @BookishMarginalia

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Karisa
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Equal parts creepy ghost story, mystery, romance, and historical fiction novel--this book does not disappoint! The strong, likeable heroine keeps you rooting for her as the plot keeps throwing things at her. Such a fun read!

It's unputdownable (unless you have to for #SundayBuddyRead 😅).

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IndoorDame
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After reading some of the theories in today‘s #sundaybuddyread discussion I just had to see what happened. I was enthralled with this book as soon as I saw the colors on the cover, and it hasn‘t disappointed. This is my second St. James book, and I‘m now convinced that she‘s a master teller of scary stories. I‘m looking forward to reading more of her work!

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Librarybelle
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I had to complete this after today‘s #SundayBuddyRead discussion! St James is fast becoming a go to author for me with her stories of mystery and a fine layer of creepiness.

Jillian is sent by her parents to a small town in England where her uncle, a ghost hunter, recent passed away. Almost immediately odd things happen and literally go bump in the night. Add to this a dashing playboy inspector, and you‘ve got a truly captivating story. Loved it!

Librarybelle #Zeke and #Xander have kept me company while I finished this. #catsoflitsy Much thanks to @TheBookHippie and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for this month‘s selection! 1y
TheBookHippie We visit St James again in May and in August!! 1y
Flitter Oooh sounds like one for my TBR pile 1y
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Crazeedi Cant wait to read this week, just got audiobook from library 1y
Librarybelle And, I forgot to mention it‘s my Letter I for #LitsyAtoZ ! @BookishMarginalia 1y
Librarybelle @TheBookHippie Looking forward to it! 1y
Librarybelle @Flitter It is really good! 1y
Librarybelle @Crazeedi I bet this will be fun on audio! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💞💞💞 1y
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