The Quick and the Dead by Marcia Willett
It’s really the house that Clarissa falls in love with
– a beautiful Tudor manor standing in the oak woodlands in the Welsh marches: marrying Thomas is the only way to get it. But he’s pleasant enough – and besides, her biological clock is ticking.
Sharing the house with her (as well as various ghosts) are Thomas’s charmingly eccentric aunts, who have a firm idea of how things should be done – relying discreetly on the ‘old ways’ to ensure that traditions are maintained. When it begins to look as though Clarissa isn’t quite the reliable guardian they had hoped for, Olwen and Gwyneth take steps to preserve their inheritance…
The Quick and the Dead offers a whole new interpretation of ‘family values’. Blackly comic but with an engaging lightness of touch, it will amuse and intrigue.
Willa Marsh was born in Somerset and lives in a Georgian parsonage in Devon with her husband and two Newfoundlands. As Marcia Willett, she also writes well-reviewed novels published by Headline.