Book: The Poison Garden of Dorelia Jones by Valentine Williamscategories: Book, Murder Mystery, Poison, Mushrooms, Magic, Gothic, Revenge, Alternative, Amanita Pantherina, Familiar, Tom Cat, Legacy, Parasite, Dark Fiction
Valentine Williamsabout this book: I wanted to write an engaging book about parasitic relationships which was dark fiction and yet amusing too. Death and rebirth are constant themes, I find. This is not a romance, nor a book about everyday people. It involves magic, hatred and the power of suggestion, and the ability of people to survive at the expense of others. I made Dorelia amoral, manipulative and self seeking because I have known people like her and witnessed the damage they can do. Yet I didn't want her to be totally unsympathetic either! Her garden gives us some clues:
The garden of Dorelia Jones flourishes with strange poisonous plants – but her mind is as full of poison as her garden. This venom permeates everything she does. About to be made homeless, and disinherited by her mother, Dorelia plots and schemes to ensure her own survival and comfort. A marriage of convenience turns out to be anything but for her unfortunate husband, who has to suffer being ostracised by his family and then haunted by Dorelia's murdered mother. Even an exorcism fails to rid the house of the wickedness Dorelia has unleashed.
'A Gothic fantasy, craftily plotted about parasitic relationships, mushrooms and the power of suggestion.'
Readers of murder mysteries and dark fiction will enjoy this gothic romp of a book
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