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Crescent Blues Book ViewsImage:four moon gifAvid Press, ISBN 1-931419-12-4 (print), 1-931419-13-2 (ebook)
Return of the Gulls offers a wonderful suspense (or more accurately a contemporary gothic) by a writer of distinction. After reading this, McMahon's second book, with increasing speed, a few gasps and sitting on the edge of my chair, I added her name to my Book: Maureen M McMahon, Return of the Gullslist of "hafta-read-everything-they-write" authors. This puts McMahon in the company of Mary Stewart, who just happens to be McMahon's heroine as far as writing is concerned. Yes, McMahon is that good.

In Ireland to write articles for a magazine, Stacey Christian meets Peter Mansfield, an old love who can still kindle sparks. He invites her to go with him to visit his aunt -- the one who lives in haunted Faoilenn Marrach, or Gull's Castle. Intrigued by the idea, and knowing she'd find a story on the haunted island, Stacey agrees.

Is the castle actually haunted? The locals all think so; Stacey doesn't believe it for a moment. Determined to prove her point, Stacey stays at the castle when Peter leaves for Dublin, where he hopes untangle his aunt's snarled finances. Book: Maureen M McMahon, Shades in the MistThat's when things start happening, really unusual things -- and Stacey can't stay out of it.

I love gothics, especially if they stand above the crowd in the genre. Return of the Gulls certainly does that. Well fleshed, interesting characters, all with quirks and warts, a truly evil antagonist, a legend that comes to life, coupled with a plot that meanders, twists, curls back on itself and refuses to allow the reader a chance to escape.

Mary Stewart mentored McMahon, at least in spirit, and this book shows how apt a pupil the younger author proved herself to be.

Patricia Lucas White

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