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The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestley
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Bloomsbury USA Children's Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781599907451
Date: 31 January 2012 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Michael Vyner has just been orphaned by the death of his beloved mom. He is forced to live with his new guardian, Sir Stephen Clarendon, who is indebted to him; during the Afghanistan war, Michael's father sacrificed his life in order to save Sir Stephen. Unfortunately, the mentally ill Sir Stephen resides in an ancient, secluded, castle-like mansion, Hawton Mere, which was built in the Middle Ages. Soon after his arrival, Michael discovers that Hawton Mere is haunted by several ghosts. One of them is of a young woman who was murdered. Michael must find her killer before he becomes the next one to die.

From official release/information:

Product Description: After Michael's parents die, he is invited to stay with his guardian in a desolate country house. He begins to suspect something is not quite right on the day he arrives when he spots a mysterious woman out in the frozen mists. But little can prepare him for the solitude of the house itself. His guardian is rarely seen, and there's a malevolent force lurking in an old hallway mirror. As the chilling suspense builds, Michael realizes that the house and its grounds harbor many more secrets-both dead and alive.

(Source: Bloomsbury USA Children's)

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