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  • Published: 21 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9780241960387
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480
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The Secret Rooms

A Castle Filled with Intrigue, a Plotting Duchess and a Mysterious Death




A plotting Duchess, a mysterious death and a castle full of lies - a true tour de force from the author of Black Diamonds, set in England's fairytale Belvoir Castle.

At 6 am on 21 April 1940 John the 9th Duke of Rutland, and one of Britain's wealthiest men, ended his days, virtually alone, lying on a makeshift bed in a dank cramped suite of rooms in the servants' quarters of his own home, Belvoir Castle, in Leicestershire.

For weeks, as his health deteriorated, his family, his servants - even the King's doctor - pleaded with him to come out, but he refused.

After his death, his son and heir, Charles, the 10th Duke of Rutland, ordered that the rooms be locked up and they remained untouched for sixty years.

What lay behind this extraordinary set of circumstances?

For the first time, in TheSecret Rooms, Catherine Bailey unravels a complex and compelling tale of love, honour and betrayal, played out in the grand salons of Britain's stately homes at the turn of the twentieth century, and on the battlefields of the Western Front. At its core is a secret so dark that it consumed the life of the man who fought to his death to keep it hidden.

  • Published: 21 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9780241960387
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480
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Praise for The Secret Rooms

Gripping. Reads like the best kind of mystery story. It is a tale of mistresses and heirlooms, cowardice and connivance

Sunday Times

'Astonishing, jaw-dropping, superb. Horrifying, extraordinary

Sunday Telegraph

Extraordinary, edge-of-the-seat, enthralling. All the ingredients of a lurid horror. The plot is thick with destroyed documents, decadent aristocracy, betrayed honour and curses

Metro

Compelling. A remarkable piece of research which throws a bright shaft of light on powerful people, hypocrisy and the first world war

Jeremy Paxman, Guardian, Books of the Year

Wonderful . . . has everything: family intrigue and hatred, love and war, witches' curses, eccentricity, snobbery and a series of shocking secrets. No reader can finish it unmoved

Sunday Express

Teems with hypocrisy, deceit, parental manipulation and bullying. Bailey artfully shows how guilt, grief, pride and shame levied a heavy toll

Literary Review

An extraordinary detective operation

John Julius Norwich

Excellent, beautifully crafted, fascinating

Red

Excellent. A fine, suspenseful, atmospheric tale, a less melodramatic and more nuanced Downton Abbey

Daily Express

Bailey's fascinating book takes us to the heart of a family tragedy ... this is a horrifying story of love, despair, intrigue, snobbery and upper class eccentricity which reads like fiction but is amazingly - and shockingly - real

Lancashire Evening Post

The mysterious death of a Duke and a castle full of treacherous goings-on make The Secret Rooms a gripping read for fans of Downton Abbey. As thrilling as any fiction, Catherine Bailey uncovers the darkest depths of a family with plenty of skeletons in its closet

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