Jeffrey E. Barlough Bertram of Butter Cross

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Bertram of Butter Cross

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Bertram of Butter Cross, the fourth volume in author Jeffrey E. Barlough's acclaimed "Western Lights" series of fantasy-mysteries, is a magical tale of yearning and loss and the tyranny of years. And like the other Western Lights books in the genre that Barlough has made all his own, it is a tale chock-full of mystery. What, for example, is the hideous, snake-necked monstrosity that has been roaming Marley Wood? Who are the phantom riders seen plunging through the wood by moonlight? And above all, who is the strange small boy found living in the ruined hunting-lodge deep inside the forest? Return now to the Ice Age world of the "sundering," and join Jemma Hathaway and her brother Richard, Ada Henslowe, Sir Hector MacHector and their friends in deepest Fenshire as they struggle to solve the insolvable: the mystery of Marley Wood!

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Author Jeffrey E. Barlough is a trained biologist and veterinarian with a Ph.D in virology from Cornell, who has published some 70 research and review articles in books and scientific journals since 1979. He is as well an armchair historian, and has edited several small press publications of minor and archaic English works. His "Western Lights" series of fantasy-mysteries, begun in 2000 with Dark Sleeper, has been widely praised for its imaginative setting, eccentric characters, droll humor, and unconventional storylines.

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Starred Review. Set in an alternate Earth where Ice Age animals like mastodons have survived into the Victorian era, Barlough's superb fourth Western Lights fantasy (after 2004's Strange Cargo) introduces the quiet English village of Market Snailsby, whose lovingly described inhabitants would be at home in a P.G. Wodehouse or Agatha Christie novel. One spring afternoon, while driving a cart through the dark woods outside the town, Jemma Hathaway, a substantial citizen of Market Snailsby, spies two small children at the side of road who appear to be lost. When she tries to rescue them, she has a frightening vision. Subsequent reports of ghostly apparitions amid the trees prompt Jemma and her brother, Richard, to investigate. The engaging plot and the artful writing elevate Barlough's work far above most other contemporary genre fiction and should send new readers in search of the three preceding books in the series. (Aug.)
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