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The Red Hollow

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28th March 2024

Price: £16.99

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Selected: ebook / ISBN-13: 9781399801874

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‘Superbly researched, spine tingling, and magnificently atmospheric, The Red Hollow is a masterful follow up to the brilliant Needless Alley and cements Marlow’s reputation as a rising star in the world of historical crime fiction’ Abir Mukherjee, author of The Shadows of Men

Warwickshire, 1934

Deep in a hamlet in the Warwickshire countryside, Red Hollow Hall is a male-only sanatorium run by the charismatic psychiatrist Dr Moon. However, all is not well, and Dr Moon’s patients are leaving Red Hollow in droves.

Recent disturbances, which originally appeared to be pranks, have descended into something more sinister, and now the men believe they have a malevolent visitor – the mermaid of Red Hollow. The ghost of a murdered girl, they believe the mermaid wreaks bloody revenge on unsuspecting men each time the hamlet floods.

When private enquiry agent, William Garrett, and freshly minted detective, Phyll Hall, are called in to uncover the identity of the intruder, they become trapped in a world of madness, the occult, and grisly murder. A world where William must use all his strength to differentiate between the real-life monster haunting Red Hollow Hall and the monsters of the mind.

The Red Hollow is the follow-up to Natalie Marlow’s critically acclaimed debut, Needless Alley. Available for pre-order now.

‘A truly splendid, wicked gem of a book. I loved it’ Tom Mead, author of Death and the Conjuror

The Red Hollow is a swirling, Gothic fever-dream of a novel that cements Marlow’s place at the very top of the historical crime writing tree’ Mark Wightman, author of Chasing the Tiger

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Reviews

The Times
A fine writer with a great sense of period and place who creates an atmosphere of mounting menace and dread. A more than promising debut
Daily Mail
Transplanting the hardboiled Hollywood noir of the 1940s to the backstreets of 1933 Birmingham, [Needless Alley] has all the seamy glitter and cynical grime of the genre
Irish Times
Marlow has a nicely theatrical way with a scene, and her witty prose has texture and heft. The city is atmospherically rendered, the narrative has an almost hallucinatory quality and Garrett is an engaging leading man. Needless Alley is an exceptionally well-written first novel that whets the appetite for many sequels
Financial Times
Marlow's very engaging protagonist may herald the birth of a new genre: Midlands Noir
Alan Parks, author of BLOODY JANUARY
Needless Alley not only evokes 1930s Birmingham in all its dark glory - it introduces characters that are impossible to forget. Read it
Trevor Wood, author of DEAD END STREET
A terrific debut. It's not often that historical fiction gets this down and dirty, but Natalie Marlow has delivered dark and twisted in spades. I urge you to take a stroll down Needless Alley, but you might want to watch your back as you do . . .
Praise for Needless Alley --
Val McDermid, author of 1989
Conjures up a backdrop so vivid you can taste the smoke in the air . . . one of those books that runs like a movie in your head and leaves greasy fingerprints all over your memory
Tom Mead, author of DEATH AND THE CONJUROR and THE MURDER WHEEL
The Red Hollow is a spectacular, Grand Guignol triumph. A truly splendid, wicked gem of a book. I loved it
Abir Mukherjee, author of THE SHADOWS OF MEN
Following reports of ghostly disturbances at a sanatorium, Natalie Marlow's investigative duo, Garrett and Hall are called in to investigate, soon finding themselves falling into a world of rumour, folklore and death. Superbly researched, spine tingling, and magnificently atmospheric, The Red Hollow is a masterful follow up to the brilliant Needless Alley and cements Marlow's reputation as a rising star in the world of historical crime fiction
Dominic Nolan, author of VINE STREET
A dreamthick, dancing blend of country house mystery and folk horror
Mark Wightman, author of WAKING THE TIGER
William and Phyll are back and this time our heroes have a cursed lake, a dentate mermaid, and the inhabitants of a psychiatric hospital for damaged veterans to deal with. The Red Hollow is a swirling, Gothic fever-dream of a novel that cements Marlow's place at the very top of the historical crime writing tree
Chris Lloyd, author of THE UNWANTED DEAD
Brimming with menace and foreboding, The Red Hollow is a louring, towering Gothic nightmare, pulling together the moody brooding of noir and the pervasive terror of folk legend. Atmospheric and spine-tingling, it completely subverts the whole world of the country house mystery - the perfect follow-up to Marlow's triumphant debut Needless Alley
Bridget Walsh, author of THE TUMBLING GIRL
Compelling, claustrophobic and beautifully written

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