|Author||by Rachael King|
|Imprint||Random House New Zealand|
|Publication Date||1 May 2010|
|Number of Pages||265|
|Interest Age||General Audience (0-99)|
|NBS Text||General & Literary Fiction|
Horror & Ghost Stories
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Rachael King is the author of two novels for adults: Magpie Hall and The Sound of Butterflies, which won the award for the best first novel at the 2007 Montana Book Awards and was published in ten languages. She has since published Red Rocks, a novel for junior readers. In 2008 Rachael was the Ursula Bethell Writer in residence at Canterbury University, and she has lived in Christchurch ever since.
"There were two rumours surrounding my great-great-grandfather Henry Summers: one, that his cabinet of curiosities drove him mad; and, two, that he murdered his first wife." Rosemary Summers is an amateur taxidermist and a passionate collector of tattoos. To her, both activities honour the deceased and keep their memory alive. After the death of her beloved grandfather, and while struggling to finish her thesis on gothic Victorian novels, she returns alone to Magpie Hall to claim her inheritance: Grandpa's own taxidermy collection, started more than 100 years ago by their ancestor Henry Summers. As she sorts through Henry's legacy, the ghosts of her family's past begin to make their presence known.