Melissa Bailey The Medici Mirror

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The Medici Mirror

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Can the power of love defeat a centuries-old curse? Or will long-buried evil rise up again to destroy those who stumble upon its secrets?
     No one had any idea the room was there. The Victorian shoe factory had been abandoned for years, its machines silent and dusty, the shoes for which it was renowned, still waiting for collection by the last of its patrons.

     But now gifted young architect, Johnny Carter, has been commissioned to convert the factory into a luxury appartment. Quite by chance, he finds a door at the back of a forgotten storage cupboard. From there stairs lead down to a windowless room with a bare earth floor. In this room are a bed, a chair, an ancient mirror, mottled with age, its silver frame blackened and tarnished -- and hanging from one of its corners, a pair of exquisite, high-heeled green shoes, suspended by a green velvet ribbon.

     From the very moment he discovers it, Johnny begins to be affected by the malign atmosphere in the room and soon he and his new partner, photographer Ophelia Gray, are drawn into a terrifying web of hallucination and obsession. Neither of them can understand what is happening -- but each becomes determined to get to the bottom of whatever secrets lie concealed in the room.

     This dangerous path leads back to the woman known as the Queen of Death -- Catherine de Medici -- and a four-centuries-old curse. Its terrifying power has accounted for a chain of deaths already. How can Johnny and Ophelia break it, before it engulfs them, too?

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MELISSA BAILEY read English at Oxford, before studying law in London and then pursuing a career in Media Law. The Medici Mirror is her first novel. She lives in London with her partner, who is also a lawyer. 

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"A wonderful piece of storytelling... with fantastic characters and a thrilling denouement. I highly recommend this to fans of the ghostly, the historical and the time-slip." Lisa Reads Books "This is a brilliant novel and an impressive debut. I really look forward to reading Melissa Bailey's next book and would rate this as a five star read." Book Babblers "This is a wonderful book that will haunt you long after you finish it." Brighton & Hove Independent "Melissa Bailey is a wonderful talent... the words flow and the story is beautifully crafted... For a magnificent and atmospheric blend of old and new, past and present, along with the odd death thrown in for good measure, The Medici Mirror will not disappoint." Milo Rambles "If you like spooky, sexy mysteries with a historical flavour then The Medici Mirror is for you. Melissa Bailey is undoubtedly a name we will all become familiar with." Byte the Book "clever variation of a time-slip novel...recommended" Historical Novel Society "The Medici Mirror is a dark book that explores the themes of revenge, jealousy, betrayal, death, yearning, vulnerability and love. As a debut novel it's a strong well-rounded book and if you're a fan of ghost stories it's well worth a read." Culturefly

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