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Bowen, Marjorie: The Crime of Laura Sarelle. v1. 22 Jan 2023

Bowen’s writings present recurring themes of darkness, the supernatural, and the gothic in combination with the historical. Her “Shearing” novels, while based on true crime, still retain sinister gothic undertones.

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The Crime of Laura Sarelle has been compared to Daphne du Maurier’s novel Rebecca.

“Evil hung over Leppard Hall, dominated by the two portraits on the dining room wall. As Laura unravels the story of these portraits, she was weaving a net of horror that would envelop her and her loved ones.”

(—Publisher’s summary)

“… a dark tale essentially of reincarnation, repetition, and the paranormal. … The past and the present are mirrored against each other in acute synchronicity amidst a framework of diabolical greed and murderous intent. The novel tells the story of a nineteen-year-old woman who is tormented by the secret past of her family and her namesake — the prior Laura Sarelle. The previous Laura Sarelle lived in the same house sixty years ago where the unfortunate present Laura and her brother Theodosius now reside.”
(—Anjanette Nicola Harry)

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Margaret Gabrielle Vere Long (née Campbell; 1 November 1885 – 23 December 1952) was a British author who wrote historical romances, supernatural horror stories, popular history and biography. Her total output numbers over 150 volumes, with the bulk of her work under the pseudonym “Marjorie Bowen”, the name she is mostly known by. She also wrote under the names Joseph Shearing, George R. Preedy, John Winch, Robert Paye and Margaret Campbell.

Bowen’s books are much sought after by aficionados of gothic horror, and received praise from many critics. Several of her novels were adapted for film.

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The Crime of Laura Sarelle (titled “Laura Sarelle” in some editions) was first published in 1940 in the UK, 1941 in the USA.
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