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The Whispering Muse by Laura Purcell

Publishing : February 2023

Publisher : Bloomsbury Raven

Format : Kindle, Hardback, Paperback

Genre : Gothic Thriller

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Hey bloggers,

For this week's first lines Friday I have taken a handful of lines from the first page of The Whispering Muse by Laura Purcell...


When at last I found Number 13, it looked exactly like its neighbouring houses: three storeys of white brick with a slate roof and dormer windows. A cherubic girl of about six years peered down at me from her nursery in the attic. At that distance, the raindrops sliding across the window might have been tears, running down her plump cheeks. I waved. Before she could return my greeting, a hand appeared over her shoulder and drew the curtain firmly shut.

I wasn't surprised. The gentry taught their little one's reserve from a young age, and perhaps they were right to do so. The front door shone as black as a freshly polished boot. It wasn't intended for the likes of me. Instead, I gripped the slick iron rail and took the area stairs to the basement. I can't say I was nervous, exactly; nerves imply hope of a happy outcome. I trod wearily, a broken-winded horse on its way to the knacker's yard.

Mrs Dyer might have dressed her summons up as an invitation to tea, but that was the veneer of good breeding. She could have nothing pleasant to say. The only reason for her to seek me out would be to deliver more bad news.


This latest book by the hugely talented Laura is out in February 2023 and if liked her previous books you will definitely not be disappointed with this one.

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Check out the synopsis below...

Be careful what you wish for... it may just come true.

At The Mercury Theatre in London's West End, rumours are circulating of a curse.

It is said that the lead actress Lilith has made a pact with Melpomene, the tragic muse of Greek mythology, to become the greatest actress to ever grace the stage. Suspicious of Lilith, the jealous wife of the theatre owner sends dresser Jenny to spy on her, and desperate for the money to help her family, Jenny agrees.

What Jenny finds is a woman as astonishing in her performance as she is provocative in nature. On stage, it's as though Lilith is possessed by the characters she plays, yet off stage she is as tragic as the Muse who inspires her, and Jenny, sorry for her, befriends the troubled actress. But when strange events begin to take place around the theatre, Jenny wonders if the rumours are true, and fears that when the Muse comes calling for payment, the cost will be too high.


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