Title: Midnight on the River Grey
Author: Abigail Wilson Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: July 2, 2019 Genre: Historical Suspense/Gothic Romance
She knew the house was keeping secrets. If only the darkness would speak . . .
After her elder brother’s mysterious death, Rebecca Hunter vows to expose the man she believes responsible: Mr. Lewis Browning—known by the locals as the Midnight Devil and by Rebecca as her new guardian.
Summoned to his reclusive country estate to await her London season, Rebecca plans her own secret investigation among the darkened corridors of the mysterious Greybourne Hall. Yet Lewis Browning is not as she once imagined, and his motivation is horribly unclear. Recurrent nightmares and Rebecca’s restless feelings are further complicated by the shadow of her mother’s prior descent into madness and wondering if she, too, will follow the same heartbreaking path.
Even as midnight rides, strange injuries, and further murders lead back to Mr. Browning, Rebecca can’t ignore the subtle turn of her heart. Has she developed feelings for the man she swore to see hanged? And moreover, can she trust him with her uncertain future?
I am delighted to be on the blog today to share with you all a few of the authors that inspired my books, including my latest release, Midnight on the River Grey.
I must, however, begin with a confession. Jane Austen is not my favorite Regency author. That crown most assuredly goes to Georgette Heyer. I began reading her books so many years ago; and let me say, I plowed through every last one. Though her novels are more of a romanticized view of the Regency era, they are also filled with rich characters, snappy wit, and amazing historical detail. So many of her books like Sylvester and The Grand Sophy I can read over and over again. The vivid world she created has served as a launching point for my imagination.
Years after reading Heyer, I found my way to the traditional gothic romances written back in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Here I discovered not only wonderful love stories, but eerie mystery threads woven in. Gloomy houses, strange happenings, murder. I was hooked. And my absolute favorite writer of the genre is Daphne du Maurier. When I dug into Rebecca I was on the edge of my seat. I’d simply never read anything like it. Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney came quickly after as well as so many other fantastic authors whose stories inspired so many elements in Midnight on the River Grey—the chilly weather, the dreary house. It was my hope to catch a flavor of those gothic books I’ve come to love.
My obsession with traditional gothic romances eventually led me to one of my favorite mystery writers of all time, Mary Stewart. Written in tight, first person point of view with compelling suspense, I fell in love with not only her hard-to-put-down mysteries, but her intelligent style of story-telling. I don’t think anyone has influenced my writing as much as she has.
But, my list would not be complete without my go-to authors of today. Julie Klassen, Sarah Ladd, and Michelle Griep have taken the Regency genre and elevated it in so many wonderful ways. I absolutely never miss one of their books.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A registered nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the national parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book.
In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.
She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children.
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