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Christina Courtenay - The Silent Touch of Shadows Background
I first started writing this story many years ago, after I'd stayed at an old manor house (see photo below) which was reputed to be haunted. The owners told me they'd seen the ghost, a handsome man who looked as though he'd been there since the house was built some time during the late fifteenth century. This intrigued me and I started to wonder what would make someone's soul hang around a place for that length of time - it had to be something fairly traumatic!