Book Of The Day – The Curse Of Malenfer Manor

by Ron on July 9, 2014

Today’s Book of the Day is a Mystery novel by Iain McChesney and it’s 80% off for a limited time. The Curse of Malenfer Manor has a 4.3 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $3.98!

“Funny and full of atmosphere, delightful characters and a compelling story.” Christine – Amazon Reviewer

The Curse of Malenfer Manor
by Iain McChesney
Rating: 4.3 Stars
Genre: Mystery
Price: $0.99 save $3.98


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Those in line to the Malenfer estate are succumbing to terrible ends – is a supernatural legacy at work, or something entirely more human?

Young Irish mercenary Dermot Ward retreats to Paris at the close of World War I where he drinks to forget his experiences, especially the death of his comrade, Arthur Malenfer. But Arthur has not forgotten Dermot. Dead but not departed, Arthur has unfinished business and needs the help of the living.

Upon his arrival at Malenfer Manor, Dermot finds himself embroiled in a mystery of murder, succession, and ambition. Dermot falls in love with the youngest Malenfer, the beautiful fey Simonne, but in his way are Simonne’s mismatched fiancé, her own connections to the spirit world, Dermot’s guilt over the circumstances of Arthur’s death… and the curse.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

McChesney is excellent at painting a picture with words. His characters are lively and vivid and at times even villainous. Period books are usually troublesome for me because they get so bogged down in giving a history lesson that it becomes dry. Not so here, the author wove his facts into the characters so intricately it was seamless.


This is the book that I couldn’t put down. I drug it around with me for more than a day and ignored my family. It was so worth it.


So much happens in this book that it is also difficult to focus on one aspect of the story. Contrary to what you would think with this many side stories, it is not a jumbled mess. I love the way each component fits into the other. It just feels complete to me. All the story lines are wrapped up at the end, leaving you feeling satisfied.


This book had me reading at every opportunity. The main character is dealing with guilt that spins from an ugly war time situation; which connects him to a family who has been dealing with the fear that guilt creates, for generations. Well done Iain McChesney.


The book weaves a fine blend of tales: the horrors of war, the injustice of social class, the complexities of family, while at its root offering a classic who dunnit – a mystery wrapped in the cloak of historical fiction. Thus it is a story for fans of a variety of genres: historical fiction, ethereal adventure and, of course, mystery.

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About The Author

Iain is a writer of gothic mysteries.

He was born and raised in Scotland. He studied History and Geography at the University of Glasgow.

The World Wars left Iain’s family with generations of widows. As a result, Iain has always been interested in the tangible effects of history on family dynamics and in the power of narrative to awaken those long dead. For the characters in The Curse of Malenfer Manor, he drew on childhood reminiscences and verbal family history–though he hastens to add that his family had barely a penny, far less a manor, and any ghosts dwelt only in memory.

He lives in Vancouver, Canada, with his wife and two children.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Iain McChesney and ENT appreciate it.


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